One day after getting cut from the Saints' active roster, former Oregon Ducks Juwan Johnson and Calvin Throckmorton cleared waivers and were added to the New Orleans practice squad.
#Saints practice squad:— Brooke Kirchhofer (@brookechesney) September 6, 2020
LB - Joe Bachie, Anthony Chickillo, Andrew Dowell
WR - Bennie Fowler III, Lil'Jordan Humphrey, Juwan Johnson
TE - Garrett Griffin, Tommy Stevens
CB - Kemon Hall
DL - Margus Hunt
RB - Tony Jones Jr
OL - John Leglue, Calvin Throckmorton, Cameron Tom
Johnson entered his senior season at Oregon as the 2020 NFL Draft's 66th ranked prospect by CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso while Throckmorton as ranked 12th, but both Ducks went undrafted during the 2020 NFL Draft. They were signed as undrafted free agents by New Orleans not long after the conclusion of the draft.
Pro Football Focus later ranked Throckmorton as one of the best UDFA signings, per PFF’s Ben Linsey:
You don’t want to overreact to NFL Combine performances, but Throckmorton’s was really bad. That lack of athleticism was likely a driver in his fall and may limit him to center in the NFL. There are a lot of things to like with Throckmorton, though. He played tackle, guard and center in the Oregon offense as a four-year starter. That’s about as good as you’re going to get from an experience standpoint. He’s also graded well with pass-blocking grades above 85.0 in each of the past three years and overall grades above 70.0 all four years as a starter. It’s a solid depth signing for the Saints, a team that had just four draft picks last week.
Johnson tweeted out that he's ready to get to work on the practice squad following him joining the team.
Blessed and Highly Favored to get thru camp #1. Great experience, lots of fun and came out healthy. Excited for the season pic.twitter.com/6iLX3wPFMM— Juwan Johnson (@juwanplease) September 6, 2020
During his time at Oregon, Throckmorton started four different positions on the Ducks offensive line and played 3,653 career snaps. He earned career grades of 83.8 overall, 91.2 pass block, and 80.2 in run block, according to PFF.
Meanwhile, Johnson had an up-and-down senior season where he struggled with a toe injury that held him out until Pac-12 play but he made an impact once he stepped on the field, finishing with 30 receptions, 467 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns came in a 56-24 victory over USC in LA Coliseum.