Matt Johnson, the safety the Dallas Cowboys drafted last year and didn't play because of injuries, is happy to be practicing.

Not for just one day. But for two days. Three days even.

It's interesting to see Johnson on the practice fields at Valley Ranch after he spent his rookie season dealing with hamstring injuries, then a back problem, occurring because of his rehab from a hamstring.

Johnson is in the mix for a safety spot, though the projected starters are Barry Church and Will Allen. Johnson along with J.J. Wilcox and Danny McCray are also competing for playing time.

"I want to prove myself every day in the offseason," Johnson said. "I didn't go home and stayed here, and I hope guys noticed that. I just want to prove to them I'm going to stick around and hopefully make plays that will help them win."

While Johnson rehabbed, family and friends called him on a regular basis asking when he'll return to the field.

It drove Johnson batty.