BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - This was Jordan Johnson's plan all along.
Even though his name was not one of the 253 called during the NFL Draft, there was only one place the University at Buffalo running back wanted to be.
"I always wanted to play for my hometown team and then when they got the call it was a no brainer," he said. "It's a real good feeling. I get to represent not only my city on the front but my family on the back."
Wearing No. 38 during rookie minicamp, the Sweet Home native is getting his first taste of the league.
"It's nothing like playing in it in high school and then playing and practicing on the professional level. It's way more intense," he said. "It's a blessing to be here."
Johnson helped Sweet Home High School win three Section VI Championship at Ralph Wilson Stadium, (now New Era Field) during his prep career.
While it's not the most crowded position on the roster will All-Pro LeSean McCoy leading the charge, Johnson will compete for a spot on the 53-man roster alongside Jonathan Williams, Joe Banyard, Cedric O'Neal and Mike Tolbert, who will more than likely see action in goal-line situations for Buffalo.
Williams, who was selected in the 5th round of the 2016 Draft, saw action in 11 games in his rookie season and scored one touchdown.
"I knew the roster coming in and going in. They have a great back in LeSean McCoy so I mean anybody that has a chance to learn from him that's just an extra piece to the puzzle," he added.
"I'm just coming in here trying to improve and earn my spot on the final 53-man roster."