Johnson played in career-high 12 games in 2015 as backup C; also played in Wild Card playoff ... On roster for all of 2014 and played in four games ... At South Carolina, started school-record 53 straight games, playing both G and C.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in seventh round of 2013 NFL Draft (251st overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-10-13 ... Waived by Bengals on 8-31-13 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 9-1-13 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-6-14.
2015 highlights: Played in Games 5-16 and in Wild Card playoff ... Active-DNP for Games 1-4 ... Had season-high eight snaps with offense on Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland and seven snaps on Dec. 6 at Cleveland.
Previous seasons: 2013—On practice squad for Games 1-16 and for Wild Card playoff ... Played in all four preseason games. 2014—Played in four games (Games 3 and 12-14) ... Inactive for Games 1-2 and 16, and active-DNP for Games 4-11, 15 and Wild Card playoff ... Made his NFL debut on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee ... Played in all four preseason games.
College: Played four seasons (2009-12) at South Carolina, with a redshirt year in ’08 ... Started all 53 possible games of college career (a school record) ... Played guard freshman season, before switching to center for final three seasons ... A standout in weight room, he twice earned South Carolina’s annual award for outstanding effort ... Helped Gamecocks to 38-15 record, and became only player in school history to start in four wins over archrival Clemson ... Anchored middle of line that paved way for one of SEC’s most productive running attacks, which featured All-American HB Marcus Lattimore ... Was 2012 team captain as senior, and named second-team All-SEC by league’s coaches.
Personal: Hometown is Aynor, S.C. ... Attended Aynor High School, where he earned Associated Press First-Team All-State honors as a senior ... Graduated from South Carolina with a sport and entertainment management degree ... Was academic All-SEC three times, and posted a 3.82 grade point average.
With Jeremy Hill ripping off his longest run in 20 games during Sunday's 29-17 loss to the Broncos in the Paul Brown Stadium opener, the running game stirred. But Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth says it has to become the norm: “I think this team is going to have to run it well. It’s just reality.”
It’s not that the Bengals lost Sunday to Denver. After all, they are the defending Super Bowl champs. But four sack-and-strip touchdowns by Broncos All-World pass rusher Von Miller would have made more sense than what happened in a wild Paul Brown Stadium opener.
The proud Bengals defense dared Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian to beat them with his arm in the first road start of his career at Sunday’s sold-out Paul Brown Stadium opener and he shocked the crowd of 63,850 with four touchdown passes in a stunning 29-17 victory that dropped the 1-2 Bengals to under .500 for the first time since the morning of Nov. 18, 2012.