He caught a touchdown pass and two more balls, but it was the two passes he failed to secure that Quentin Johnston thought about afterward.
“I’m not satisfied,” said the rookie. “Hopefully, [I’ll] Come back next week and you’ll feel better.”
The first-round pick – No. 21 overall – Johnston dropped two passes from Easton Stick early in the game, one of which landed on a long, well-placed ball down the right touchline.
Drops were an issue for Johnston at times during his Texas Christian career and something the Chargers have largely dismissed, at least publicly, since taking over.
“Just focus,” Johnston said. “Obviously a big stage, just not in the way I’d like it to be. i thought i was Obviously I wasn’t. Just a learning experience for me.”
When asked if he should have caught the two passes, Johnston replied, “Oh yes, 100%.”
Toward the end of the first half, it seemed that Johnston was over for the day as the Chargers, running their two-minute offense, pushed deep into Rams territory.
On the first-and-goal at the eight-yard line, he rushed back into play and caught a stick hit.
Lined up in the left slot, Johnston made a quick move inside to sneak past Richard LeCounte and then snatched Stick’s throw before Jason Taylor II could close the gap.
“You saw that everywhere [training] Camp,” said coach Brandon Staley. “He can make this guy miss. He can create that separation. He has that target zone in defense that we can really bring to bear down there.”
Johnston scored a goal despite not having his right shoe tied throughout the game. Believing he would not go in anymore, he had his shoe off on the sidelines and was trying to break it in with his hands when he was told to return to the game.
Johnston explained that he’s wearing new boots and didn’t prepare them properly before the game.
“Hopefully the first of many,” he said of his touchdown. “Just an incredible feeling.”