DAVIE - Chad Johnson hasn't thought much about life without the NFL, and he doesn't have to based on his opening week performance at training camp with the Miami Dolphins.
It only took Johnson a week to work his way into the starting lineup, where he replaced Brian Hartline, who is battling a left calf injury.
He's already become one of the team's more quarterback-friendly receivers, and has begun to mentor to the team's young receivers and cornerbacks, who regularly pick the brain of this 11-year veteran.
"I don't ever lack faith that he's not going to make the play," Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore said about Johnson.
But when asked about his plans if he didn't make the Dolphins roster, failing to live out a lifelong dream of playing for his hometown team, Johnson admitted he does have a backup plan.
"Man I'd always look into a second job. I'm thinking about going into porn," Johnson said, prompting laughter from the media.
"It's not funny," Johnson replies. "I'm being serious. That's what I would do. I'd have no choice."
When informed his new wife, Evelyn Lozado, a star on the Basketball Wives reality series, might not be supportive of those plans, Johnson said: "She wouldn't have a choice. I'd have to provide."
Fortunately for Johnson, who has been to the Pro Bowl six times, it doesn't appear he has to worry about last year's disappointing season with the New England Patriots being the final chapter.
"I'm working. I'm working like a rookie again," Johnson said of his offseason. "Working like a young dude."
Johnson said he learned "discipline" from his one season in New England, where he caught a career low 15 passes for for 276 yards and scored one touchdown.
"I learned to shut the [explitive] up for a whole year," he added. "I feels good to be able to breathe again."
Johnson's referring to the Dolphins organization not only allowing him to be himself, but encouraging it.
"I got to make up a year's worth of work," Johnson said. "It's good to be home, and I don't have a choice but to succeed."
When addressing his disappointing play in 2011, Johnson fired back by saying: "I've handled my business for a decade straight, people forget that.
"I'm good. Really good. Regardless of what happens in the past," said Johnson, who has 766 NFL passes for 11,059 yards and scored 67 touchdowns. "I had a bad year, finally."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times