Leonard Johnson (American football)

Leonard Johnson

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Johnson with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No. 23Carolina Panthers
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-03-30) March 30, 1990
Place of birth: Clearwater, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school: Largo (FL)
College: Iowa State
Undrafted: 2012
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Tackles: 159
Sacks: 1.0
Interceptions: 5
Forced fumbles: 5
Pass deflections: 23
Defensive TDs: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

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.

College career

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.[1] During his career he started 43 of 50 games, recording 247 tackles and six interceptions.

Professional career

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2012 season

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.

2013 season

In his sophomore campaign he improved his tackle stats to 62 tackles but only recorded 1 forced fumble and 1 interception.

2014 season

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.

2015 season

On March 10, 2015, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers resigned Johnson to a 1-year deal.[2] On September 1, 2015, Johnson was waived by the Buccaneers.[3] On September 2, 2015, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed Johnson on Season-ending Injury Reserve.[4] On December 3, 2015, Johnson was waived by the Buccaneers from Injured Reserve.[5]

New England Patriots

On December 9, 2015, the New England Patriots signed Johnson to their 53-man roster.[6] 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.[7]

Carolina Panthers

On July 14, 2016, Johnson signed with the Carolina Panthers.[8] 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.[9]


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