NFL veteran John Johnson signed a three-year contract with the Cleveland Browns. Johnson has spent his entire four-year career playing for the Los Angeles Rams.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2021
John Johnson, Cleveland Browns, Agree to Contract
Since being drafted in the third round by the Rams in 2017, Johnson has been nothing short of spectacular during his tenure. In 2020, he lead the Rams in total tackles with 105. Considering the Rams were first in points against and first yards allowed, Johnson played a huge role. Also, Johnson accumulated eight pass defenses, two tackles for loss, and an INT.
While Johnson was in the middle of a breakout year in 2019, he ended up on the injured reserve. In six games, he had 51 total tackle, two tackles for loss, two pass defenses, and two INTs.
Entering the 2018 season, Johnson became a full-time starter by starting all 16 games for the Rams. He was able to display his playmaking ability with his best season. Johnson had career highs in total tackles (119), pass defenses (11), tackles for loss (three), quarterback hits (three), and INTs (four). The Rams ended up playing in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.
During his rookie season, Johnson was able to start 11 out of 16 games. After starting in his first game in Week Five against the Seattle Seahawks, Johnson never looked behind. He helped the Rams improve from 23rd to 12th in points allowed. However, Johnson was playing out of position as a strong safety. Because of his versatility, he was easily able to make the transition with his ability to tackle in the run game.
Coming out of Boston College, Johnson was not known for his speed and athleticism with his 4.61 40-time. However, where Johnson excelled was his knowledge of the game. Johnson has been able to put himself in situations giving him an advantage over his opposition. His ability to cover the slot and tackle in the run game is perfect for today’s NFL.
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