As Juwan Johnson breaks Saints debut news to wife, first questions, then priceless reaction

Posted by | October 28, 2020 .

A Saints wide receiver went viral for playing in Week 7.

But it had nothing to do with how he played, and it all happened at the kitchen counter.

Saints undrafted rookie Juwan Johnson shared a clip this week of the moment he broke the news to his wife, Chanen, that he had been elevated from the Saints’ practice squad and would be making his NFL debut against the Carolina Panthers.

Johnson posted the video to their shared TikTok account, titled “Hangin’ With The Johnsons” and self-described as the “goofiest & most loved married couple On Tiktok.”

After grinning toward the camera lens, he says: “Chan, I gotta tell you something.”

Nonplussed, Chanen replies with a hearty “yessir,” but continues tapping on her phone.

“I … am supposed to be playing this week,” Juwan Johnson continues.

At that point Chanen drops her phone in excitement. She first makes sure to check whether it was some sort of prank.

“Get out of town,” she says before covering her mouth with her hand. The video cuts off as she dives in with a hug of congratulations and an excited yell.

The initial video was posted with the caption “she knows how hard I worked to even get here.” It had been viewed more than 3 million times as of Tuesday afternoon.

The 6-foot-4 wide receiver, who played collegiately for Penn State and then Oregon, was called up before Week 7 due to the Saints being without Michael Thomas for the fifth straight game due to injury and Emmanuel Sanders a surprise scratch after testing positive for coronavirus late in the week.

Johnson played 19 snaps total, including 13 on offense, and drew the start as he got on the field for the Saints’ opening play of the game — a 4-yard run by Alvin Kamara.

The 24-year-old didn’t draw a target in the game and was reverted back to the practice squad on Monday. It’s unclear whether the Saints will need his services again in Week 8 and beyond with the availability of Thomas and Sanders uncertain.

Fellow undrafted rookie Marquez Callaway grabbed the starring role with 8 catches for 75 yards. Deonte Harris, another undrafted player, grabbed 4 passes of his own for 49 yards and his first career receiving touchdown in the 27-24 win.