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Leonard Johnson | Defensive Back | #23

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/30/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 200
College: Iowa State
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Panthers slot CB Leonard Johnson (chest) is week to week.
Johnson had to spend the night in the hospital after going down last Thursday, but hasn't ruled himself out for Week 12. All we can really say for sure is that Johnson should return this season. Nov 21 - 1:53 PM

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Panthers CB Leonard Johnson suffered a chest injury in Thursday's win over the Saints.

Johnson went down in the second half, and did not return. His status is uncertain.
Nov 17 - 11:58 PM

Panthers activated CB Leonard Johnson (Achilles') from reserve/NFI.

Johnson is expected to immediately step in as the Panthers' nickel corner to cover the slot. First up will be Larry Fitzgerald. Johnson spent most of last season out of the league before latching on late with the Patriots and getting destroyed in pass coverage. He was cut before the playoffs. At 5'10/196, he's no match for the big Fitzgerald, who has one of the best matchups on the board.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 28 - 9:32 AM

Panthers signed CB Leonard Johnson.

CB Shaq Richardson was waived in a corresponding move. Johnson ended last season with the Patriots after spending his first three years in the league with the Bucs. He is unlikely to earn a big role in Carolina, but he does bring some starting experience to an extremely young cornerback group.
Jul 14 - 11:02 AM

Patriots released CB Leonard Johnson.

The move saves New England $785,000. Johnson latched on with the Patriots in December after spending his first three seasons with the Bucs. Only 25, Johnson should land a deal before training camp.
Feb 17 - 5:16 PM

Patriots signed CB Leonard Johnson, formerly of the Bucs.

Johnson (5'10, 202) spent the first three years of his career in Tampa Bay, appearing in all 48 games and starting 17 of them. He profiles as a slot corner. Johnson will likely start out covering kicks for the Patriots.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 03:42:00 PM

Bucs CB Leonard Johnson was spotted with a walking boot on his left foot.

Johnson suffered an ankle injury in the second preseason game. The severity of the injury is unknown, but the walking boot is not a great sign. Johnson is competing with Sterling Moore and Mike Jenkins for snaps in nickel.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Bucs CB Leonard Johnson exited Monday night's preseason game with an ankle injury.

Competing for sub-package snaps behind starters Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks, Johnson may be the front-runner for nickel duties. Veterans Sterling Moore and Mike Jenkins are also in the mix with Johnson.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 10:37:00 PM

Buccaneers re-signed CB Leonard Johnson.

Johnson regressed in 2014, struggling against man coverage. He's only 24 though, so there's room for improvement. He'll slide in at nickelback alongside starting corners Johnthan Banks and Alterraun Verner. Johnson had been a restricted free agent.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 05:08:00 PM

Leonard Johnson is listed as the Bucs' starting corner opposite Darrelle Revis on the team's first unofficial depth chart.

Johnson is ahead of second-round rookie Johnthan Banks. It could be based on seniority, but there's also a real chance Johnson is viewed in-house as the favorite to man the right corner spot. He's a smallish, slowish, short-armed cover corner, but Johnson is a very willing tackler and packs a punch.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 01:02:00 PM

Bucs CB Leonard Johnson was forced from Tampa's Week 16 game against the Rams with an arm injury, and is questionable to return.

The undrafted rookie was making his fourth start in five games. Anthony Gaitor and Danny Gorrer are now on at cornerback for the Bucs' league-worst pass defense.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 03:01:00 PM

Undrafted rookie Leonard Johnson will start in place of an inactive CB Eric Wright (Achilles) versus the Falcons in Week 12.

We're placing the Bucs inactives under Johnson to once again emphasize that matchups don't get any better than the one facing Atlanta's passing attack this week. The rest of Tampa Bay's inactives: RB Michael Smith, S Cody Grimm, LB Najee Goode, C Cody Wallace, WR David Douglas, and DT Matthew Masifilo.
Sun, Nov 25, 2012 11:41:00 AM

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RB1Jonathan Stewart
2Cameron Artis-Payne
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2Mike Tolbert
3RB1Jonathan Stewart
2Fozzy Whittaker
FB1Mike Tolbert
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Corey Brown
3Brenton Bersin
WR21Ted Ginn
2Devin Funchess
WR31Devin Funchess
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Scott Simonson
LT1Mike Remmers
2Daryl Williams
LG1Andrew Norwell
C1Ryan Wendell
RG1Trai Turner
RT1Chris Scott
K1Graham Gano