Johnson played in career-high 12 games as backup C last season and seeks opportunities to increase his snaps on offense ... 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 ... Re-signed with Bengals on 3-7-16.
2016 highlights: Has played on special teams in Games 1-4, and saw brief action on offense in Game 4.
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. 2015—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.
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.
NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Johnson did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2013 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games that season.
A.J. Green says he won’t bail out on his team and if his injured hamstring allows the perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver plans to play this season no matter the record of a Bengals team that sits 3-7-1.
When Rudi Johnson and the rest of about 15 Bengals legends are introduced to the Paul Brown Stadium crowd before Sunday’s game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 19), the chant will no doubt start somewhere.