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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Charles Johnson joined the Minnesota Vikings two weeks into this season, two days after the release of Jerome Simpson because of continuing off-the-field troubles.Signing a player off Clevelands practice squad in mid-September is not the type of transaction that causes a stir. This was simply a move by the Vikings to give a young wide receiver a try, with an opening at that position following Simpsons release.Little did anyone around the league realize then that the Vikings had actually acquired their primary pass-catcher.Id never heard of him. Id never seen him before, teammate Jarius Wright said. But Ive played receiver for a long time, so you know good receivers when you see them. We knew he definitely had a talent and that he could help us out.Johnson was a seventh-round draft pick by Green Bay last year who finished his college career at NCAA Division II power Grand Valley State in Michigan.In two seasons for the Lakers, Johnson had 128 receptions, 2,229 yards and 31 touchdowns in 22 games. At GVSUs pro day workout for NFL scouts, Johnson ran a couple of 40-yard dashes under 4.4 seconds. With a 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame, he had the physical potential.Theres that whole small-school thing, though. Was the success he had more because of the level of competition?I know some small-school guys are great, just like myself, Johnson said, adding: I just go out there and play my game. Theyll see how it is. Once they line up and they have to guard me, theyll see how I can play.Not here. Johnson has been targeted 30 times over the past four games by Teddy Bridgewater for a team-high 26.5 per cent. Johnson has 15 catches for 283 yards and two touchdowns and was inches from another score on Sunday against the New York Jets when he fumbled at the goal line and Jerome Felton recovered for the touchdown.That gaffe was quickly forgiven.He made some plays the first week or two and then I was like, This guy might be able to play, said Felton, who hadnt heard of Johnson, either, when he signed. Felton added: Its always cool to see a guy come in that comes in from nothing and gets an opportunity and takes advantage of it.Johnson has overtaken Cordarrelle Patterson, one of the teams first-round draft picks last year, at the split end or X position.Hes a great route runner. Hes a guy whos very patient. Hes a guy whos going to continue to work hard. Weve seen nothing but flashes from him ever since hes arrived here, Bridgewater said.Johnson was put on the practice squad by the Packers last season until the Browns picked him up. He was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee when he arrived, however, a training camp injury hed been defiantly playing through.Johnson came back with the Browns this year, and then the Vikings called. Offensive co-ordinator Norv Turner and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner were with him in Cleveland last season.So while Johnson joining the Vikings was not by chance, choosing Grand Valley State was. After starting at Eastern Kentucky and transferring to a Southern California junior college following a suspension, Johnson took a year off to be near his ailing father.When he was ready to resume his career, he learned hed have an additional season of eligibility at a non-Division I school. So he googled the nations top Division II teams and discovered Grand Valley State.These days, Johnson is the one the search engines are turning up.Im still young and Im still new to this game of NFL football, he said. 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Letestu redirected Jack Johnsons shot from the point with 2:38 left, lifting the Blue Jackets past the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Monday night.Graeme Souness says the people who attacked Manchester Uniteds team bus are morons and deserve to go to jail for a long time. West Hams farewell game at the Boleyn Ground was delayed by 45 minutes on Tuesday night after the Manchester United bus was prevented from arriving at the stadium.Supporters outside the ground threw cans and bottles at the vehicle, smashing windows and causing significant damage - and Sky Sports pundit Souness did not hold back in his criticism of those responsible. The Premier League has got such a profile around the world and it will make headlines unfortunately, Souness said.It will be a handful of people, who dont possess grey matter in their heads.They are fools. Just think of it. You throw a brick or a bottle and it smashes a window. These are professional athletes. A bit of glass goes in someones eye and you lose an eye and it finishes their career. Watch from inside the Manchester United team coach as it was attacked on its way to Upton Park These are morons. I hope they catch them with the CCTV that is out there now and ban them forever. Go to prison for a long time. Morons.Souness was especially disappointed with the news after experiencing the electric atmosphere in the stadium on Tuesday night.The club are due to move to the Olympic Stadium next season and ended their 112-year stay at the Boleyn Ground in style with a 3-2 victory. Watch as Manchester Uniteds team coach was attacked as it neared Upton Park Winston Reid scored the historic winning goal as West Ham battled back from 2-1 down late on - and Souness says the club needs to bottle the atmosphere that they produced.ddddddddddddy six-year-old son is with me, he explained after the match. I said come to West Ham, youll get a good atmosphere. Its quite a special place.He will not believe what he saw. This was the place to be tonight. I know we get carried away with moments, but this is as good as any Ive been to in a long, long time.The crowd were fantastic. They were that good they shouldnt leave here. Bottle this and continue to play here. Souness hailed the atmosphere inside the Boleyn Ground Souness does not believe in the principle of the West Ham way and argued the current squad are capable of more than pretty football.And he said it was the tenacity and hard work of the midfield players that laid the foundations for their deserved win on Tuesday.It was a fantastic game of football. It was raw, he added. It was the second-last game of the season and the players looked like they had just come out of pre-season. They were all bang at it. It was the second-last game of the season and the players looked like they had just come out of pre-season. Graeme Souness on West Ham West Ham deserved to win the game tonight. As well as Man Utd played in the second half at times in the second half, West Ham were fabulous. They wanted it so much.Normally West Ham would come and play football against you. This team now are capable of going to war with you - but if you want to play football they can mix it as well.That wasnt a typical West Ham that Ive known in my lifetime in football. They were silky, smooth and easy on the eye.This lot are raw. The mix in midfield were fabulous tonight. It was a truly team performance. 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