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5 things to know about WR Derrick Johnson and DE Brad Bars



WR Derrick Johnson, Maine

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1. A 5-foot-10, 186-pound wide receiver out of Maine, Derrick Johnson was a tryout player at the Giants' minicamp in May after spending time with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He was waived by New England when the 53-man roster was finalized.

  1. A native of Hempstead, N.Y., Johnson played wide receiver for coach Tony Mascia at Holy Trinity High School, helping lead his team to the 2008 Catholic High School Football League AA championship. He caught 32 passes for 350 yards and two touchdowns in only five games as a junior (missed the rest of the season with an injury), caught 35 passes for 530 yards and seven scores as a senior, and also ran track.
  1. Pro Day results (2014): 40-yard dash (4.47 seconds); bench press (12 reps at 225 pounds); vertical jump (33 inches); broad jump (10 feet 2 inches).
  1. In his final season at Maine, Johnson caught 60 passes for 608 yards (10.1 avg.) and two touchdowns. In 2012, he saw action in 10 games, compiling 346 yards on 31 catches and two touchdowns in addition to 117 kick return yards and 20 rushing yards.
  1. After redshirting in 2009, Johnson's career numbers reached 116 catches for 1,185 yards and four touchdowns in 37 games.

DE Brad Bars, Penn State

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  1. A 6-foot-3, 263-pound defensive end out of Penn State, Brad Bars participated in the Giants' rookie minicamp in May after playing 33 career games for the Nittany Lions and earning Academic All-Big Ten honors three times.
  1. Pro Day results: 40-yard dash (4.78 seconds); bench press (27 reps at 225 pounds); vertical jump (32 inches); broad jump (9 feet 7 inches).
  1. Bars suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in July 2013 and missed his entire senior season. As a graduate student in 2014, he returned to record 10 tackles in 13 games and also had a 32-yard run on a fake punt against Illinois.
  1. After redshirting in 2010, Bars saw playing time in 12 games in 2011 and delivered one of the season's biggest special teams plays when he blocked an Illinois punt in the fourth quarter. After the block, the Nittany Lions kicked a field goal to pull within four points and won the Leaders Division game, 10-7, with a touchdown with less than 70 seconds to play to improve to 5-0 in the Big Ten at the time.
  1. A product of Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Bars was a Tennessee Sportswriters all-state selection in 2009. He was named to the Dandy Dozen as one of Tennessee's top 12 players. During his junior and senior campaigns, he combined for a total of 179 tackles, 11 sacks and four interceptions. Bars helped his squad to a state championship in 2007 and, as captain, led his team to a state runner-up finish in 2009. Bars also lettered in track and basketball. His father, Joe, and uncle, Mike Bars, played football at Notre Dame and his grandfather, Joe Bars Sr., was a pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Doug Eggleston, Bars' maternal grandfather, and his uncle, Don Kolcheff, both played football at Michigan.
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