Leonard Johnson (American football)
Johnson with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|No. 23 Carolina Panthers|
|Date of birth:||March 30, 1990|
|Place of birth:||Clearwater, Florida|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||202 lb (92 kg)|
|High school:||Largo (FL)|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2016|
Leonard Johnson (born March 30, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He played college football at Iowa State.
Johnson attended Iowa State University from 2008 to 2011. As a freshman in 2008, he set an NCAA record for most kick return yards in a game with 319. During his career he started 43 of 50 games, recording 247 tackles and six interceptions.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Johnson was not selected in the 2012 NFL draft, but quickly signed with his hometown team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 30, 2012. Johnson participated in the rookie mini-camp held the next week, and impressed coaches enough to get to work out with the team's draft picks on a separate field. During his rookie campaign he showed great promise when he finished the year with 41 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 3 interceptions.
In his sophomore campaign he improved his tackle stats to 62 tackles but only recorded 1 forced fumble and 1 interception.
During his 3rd season he saw transition into a new Tampa 2 system installed by New Head Coach Lovie Smith and Defensive Coordinator Leslie Fraizer. He was used more in rotation as opposed to a full time starter and finished his 2014 season with 45 total tackles, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 interception. Johnson was released from the Buccaneers on September 1, 2015 after breaking his leg early in the preseason.
On March 10, 2015, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers resigned Johnson to a 1-year deal. On September 1, 2015, Johnson was waived by the Buccaneers. On September 2, 2015, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed Johnson on Season-ending Injury Reserve. On December 3, 2015, Johnson was waived by the Buccaneers from Injured Reserve.
New England Patriots
On December 9, 2015, the New England Patriots signed Johnson to their 53-man roster. He debuted for the Patriots on December 13 in a 27-6 win over the Houston Texans and recorded two passes defensed. Johnson was released on February 17, 2016.
On July 14, 2016, Johnson signed with the Carolina Panthers. After starting the season on the reserve/non-football injury list after suffering an Achilles injury in March, Johnson was activated to the active roster on October 28, 2016.
- Leonard Johnson Breaks NCAA Record in ISU Loss
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- "Bill Belichick Signs CB Leonard Johnson, Loves "Schiano Men" in the Patriots Secondary". Pats Pulpit. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
- Strickland, Bryan. "Panthers sign CB Leonard Johnson". Panthers.com. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
- Henson, Max (October 28, 2016). "Panthers activate Johnson, place Williams on IR". Panthers.com.