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Raiders’ cornerback Isaiah Johnson won’t get fast promotion after huge performance, still a ‘work in progress’

Second-year cornerback made game-saving plays in game agains the Chargers on Sunday

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers
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The Las Vegas Raiders would have lost Sunday without the efforts of little-used cornerback Isaiah Johnson.

However, a day after he fueled the Raiders’ 31-26 win at the Los Angeles Chargers, coach Jon Gruden indicated that Johnson will remain a backup, calling the the 2019 fourth-round pick a “work in progress.”

Johnson, who has often been injured, entered the game in the second quarter when starting cornerback Trayvon Mullen left with hamstring tightness. Johnson made back-to-back game-saving plays on the final two plays of the game, including a touchdown that was overturned on review on the final play of the game.

Still, Gruden made it clear that Mullen and rookie Damon Arnette, who is expected to practice this week and come off the injured reserve, are his top cornerbacks.

“Well, we want Mullen to be healthy,” Gruden said on Monday when asked if Johnson earned more playing time.

“We think Arnette is going to be back on the practice field today. It was good to see Isaiah make some plays. He’s still a work in progress, but he is making progress. We’d like to get (2020 fourth-round pick) Amik Robertson some more snaps as well. Although, Isaiah made a couple of plays at the end of the game, there’s still some things we need to clean up.”

Still, Johnson is an exciting prospect and if Mullen can’t return this week, expect Johnson to play extensively on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.