Second-year pro is in Bengals backup C role ... On roster for all of 2014 and played in four games ... At South Carolina, started a school-record 53 consecutive games, playing both guard and center.
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: Has played in Games 5-6 ... Active-DNP for Games 1-4 ... On Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, saw playing time on offense when he briefly replaced Clint Boling at LG due to an equipment issue.
Previous seasons: 2013—On practice squad for Games 1-16 ... Played in all four preseason games. 2014—Played in four games (Games 3 and 12-14) ... Inactive (coaches decision) for Games 1-2 and 16 and active-DNP for Games 4-11 and 15 ... 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 2008 ... Started all 53 possible games of his college career (a school record) ... Played guard his freshman season, before switching to center for his final three seasons ... A standout in the 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.
This Thanksgiving, thousands of families across the nation were able to share a holiday meal because of the generosity of NFL players. Fifty of those benefitting were at the Boys & Girls Club in Avondale, Ohio as Cincinnati Bengal Carlos Dunlap and his foundation handed out turkeys to those in need.
The Bengals made it official Friday when they activated rookie backup tackle Cedric Ogbuehi and put backup cornerback Darqueze Dennard on season-ending injured reserve with a dislocated shoulder as the last two first-round picks exchanged places for the stretch run.
The Bengals defense gets the opposite of last week in Arizona. On Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 19) at Paul Brown Stadium, they face a Rams team led by rookie running back Todd Gurley that averages 174 yards passing.