Johnson with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|Date of birth:March 30, 1990|
|Place of birth: Clearwater, Florida|
|College: Iowa State|
|Undrafted in 2012|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( 2012– 2015)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Leonard Johnson (born March 30, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals 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. He has also played for the New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, and New York Giants.
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.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Throughout training camp, Johnson competed for a roster spot as a backup cornerback against E. J. Biggers, Brandon McDonald, Myron Lewis, and Anthony Gaitor. Head coach Greg Schiano named Johnson the fifth cornerback on the depth chart to begin the regular season. He was listed behind Aqib Talib, Eric Wright, Brandon McDonald, and E. J. Biggers.
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 re-signed Johnson to a one-year deal. On September 1, 2015, Johnson was waived by the Buccaneers. On September 2, 2015, the Buccaneers placed Johnson on season-ending injured reserve. On December 3, 2015, Johnson was waived from the Buccaneers' injured reserve.
New England Patriots
On December 9, 2015, Johnson was signed by the New England Patriots. He made his Patriots debut the following week in a 27-6 win over the Houston Texans and recorded two passes defensed. On February 17, 2016, Johnson was released by the Patriots.
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.
New York Giants
- Leonard Johnson Breaks NCAA Record in ISU Loss
- "Leonard Johnson, DS #16 CB, Iowa State". http://www.draftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=83235&draftyear=2012&genpos=CB.
- "Spotrac.com: Leonard Johnson contract". https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/arizona-cardinals/leonard-johnson-10251/.
- "Tampa Bay Buccaneers' final roster cuts come Friday night". August 31, 2012. https://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/tampa-bay-buccaneers-final-roster-cuts-come-friday-night/1248987.
- "Ourlads.com: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Depth Chart: 10/01/2012". https://www.ourlads.com/nfldepthcharts/archive/136/TB.
- "Bucs re-sign Leonard Johnson, give Rainey $1.5-million tender". http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/bucs-re-sign-leonard-johnson-give-rainey-15-million-tender/2220795. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
- "Buccaneers waive Leonard Johnson, Robert Herron to get to 75-man roster". http://www.bucsnation.com/2015/9/1/9239609/buccaneers-waive-leonard-johnson-robert-herron-to-get-to-75-man-roster. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
- "Buccaneers Place WR Robert Herron & CB Leonard Johnson On Season-Ending I.R. - NFL Trade Rumors -". http://nfltraderumors.co/buccaneers-place-wr-robert-herron-cb-leonard-johnson-on-season-ending-i-r/. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
- "Buccaneers Waived CB Leonard Johnson From I.R. - NFL Trade Rumors -". http://nfltraderumors.co/buccaneers-waived-cb-leonard-johnson-from-i-r/. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
- "Bill Belichick Signs CB Leonard Johnson, Loves "Schiano Men" in the Patriots Secondary". http://www.patspulpit.com/2015/12/11/9893142/bill-belichick-signs-cb-leonard-johnson-loves-schiano-men-in-the. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
- "Patriots release DB Leonard Johnson". February 17, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160623110555/http://www.patriots.com/news/2016/02/17/patriots-release-db-leonard-johnson. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
- Strickland, Bryan. "Panthers sign CB Leonard Johnson". https://web.archive.org/web/20161021205316/http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-sign-CB-Leonard-Johnson/7671e7a4-757d-4511-a51d-ecd7b70fa18f. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
- Henson, Max (October 28, 2016). "Panthers activate Johnson, place Williams on IR". Archived from the original on August 8, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170808073617/http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-activate-Johnson-place-Williams-on-IR/3c0d24bb-2ec6-4894-bfbf-1d09b94d45b0.
- Brown, Chris (March 17, 2017). "Bills make three free agent additions". https://web.archive.org/web/20171018190638/http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-1/Bills-make-three-free-agent-additions/4c67e54f-27db-46af-8eed-2285dfec2e9b.
- "Giants sign CB Leonard Johnson, waive CB Kenneth Durden". Giants Wire. USA Today. August 4, 2018. https://giantswire.usatoday.com/2018/08/04/new-york-giants-sign-leonard-johnson-waive-kenneth-durden/.
- Eisen, Michael (September 1, 2018). "New York Giants announce 53-man roster". https://www.giants.com/news/new-york-giants-announce-53-man-roster.
- Urban, Darren (November 14, 2018). "Adding A Pair Of Corners: Cardinals Sign David Amerson, Leonard Johnson". https://www.azcardinals.com/news/adding-a-pair-of-corners-cardinals-sign-david-amerson-leonard-johnson.
- "Cardinals promote WR Malachi Dupre, DT Pasoni Tasini from practice squad". Cards Wire. USA Today. December 28, 2018. https://cardswire.usatoday.com/2018/12/28/az-arizona-cardinals-roster-moves-malachi-dupre-pasoni-tasini-practice-squad/.