JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - As the Jaguars prepare for Sunday's matchup against the San Diego Chargers, two Jacksonville players are reminded of their initial experiences in the NFL.
Wide receiver Bryan Walters and cornerback Josh Johnson both started their careers as undrafted free agent signings of the Chargers.
Walters signed with San Diego in 2010 and was able to stick with the team for two years. Johnson spent his first NFL offseason with the Chargers before being let go during final cuts in 2013. Instead of signing with the team's practice squad, he started a two-year stint in the Canadian Football League.
Walters looks back on his San Diego experiences with great fondness, as he was able to learn from veterans like Malcolm Floyd, Vincent Jackson and Phillip Rivers. The veteran wide receiver played in four games for the Chargers and caught three passes for 27 receiving yards during his tenure.
"It will always be a special place to me, it's where my career started," Walters said. "Playing under Phillip Rivers really taught me the game and so it's really good to see those guys. There aren't that many left though. There's three people left on the team from when I was there, a couple of coaches, so it'll be fun."
Johnson reflects on his time with the team as a learning lesson as well. However, he wants to show San Diego that the Chargers let go of a talented defensive back.
"Going back from playing there for three or four [preseason] games, having that environment - as far being in [California] - it was a great environment, great weather," Johnson said. "Going back to [San Diego to] represent Florida, Dade City and get a little revenge on them and show them what they missed is exactly what I'm going to do."
On Sunday, Johnson will be active against the Chargers. This will be his first NFL regular season game.
"I feel like God made plan for this to happen," Johnson said. "Sometimes you don't rush things and things just fall into place. I just feel like it's the right time. Playing against [the Chargers], I'm excited."
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