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Michael Johnson
DE #93
Height:
6-7
Weight:
270
College:
Georgia Tech
Hometown:
Selma, AL
Experience:
5
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 88 220 148 72 29.5 0 25 3 0 10 -- 7
2014 TB 9 18 14 4 3 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2013 CIN 15 56 35 21 3.5 -- 9 1 0 7 7 7
2012 CIN 16 52 35 17 11.5 -- 2 1 0 3 3 3
2011 CIN 16 42 27 15 6 -- 5 1 0 0 -- 0
2010 CIN 16 35 26 9 2.5 -- 4 -- -- -- -- --
2009 CIN 16 17 11 6 3 -- 5 -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

2013 GENERAL: Played in 15 games, missing only Oct. 6 vs. New England, due to concussion suffered Sept. 29 at Cleveland ... Despite missing one game, he led defensive line and ranked third on team with 74 tackles ... Had 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception ... Second on line with nine passes defensed and second on team with 33 QB pressures.

2013 GAME-BY-GAME: On Sept. 8 at Chicago, recorded five tackles (led line) ... Credited by coaches with eight QB pressures (team high for season) Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh ... On Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, initiated the game-winning play when he stopped RB Johnathan Franklin for no gain on fourth-and-one play in fourth quarter and forced a fumble that Bengals returned for TD … Also vs. Green Bay, had a five-yard sack and a shared eight-yard sack of Aaron Rodgers ...  On Oct. 13 at Buffalo, and had four tackles, including one for a loss, and a pass defensed ... Five tackles, one pass defensed and a team-high six QB pressures Oct. 20 at Detroit ... Five tackles, a pass defensed and one QB pressure Oct. 27 vs. the Jets ... Had five tackles, including a seven-yard sack of Ryan Tannehill in the fourth quarter, Oct. 31 at Miami ... Had six tackles, including two for a loss, a pass defensed and two QB pressures Nov. 10 at Baltimore ... On Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, made first key play in comeback win when he deflected a pass that James Harrison intercepted to set up first Bengals TD … Also vs. Cleveland, had a fourth-quarter INT, a shared sack and forced fumble, and additional pass defensed, two QB pressures and five tackles (tied for line lead) ... Four tackles, including one for loss and one QB pressure Dec. 1 at San Diego ... Tied for line lead with five tackles Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... Also had a pass defensed and three QB pressures .... Tied for line lead with six tackles Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... Five tackles and team-high three QB pressures Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota ... Had seven tackles including an eight-yard shared sack Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore.

Third-round pick from 2009 led line in tackles (74) and was second in QB pressures (33) ... Broke out in 2012 with 11.5 sacks while holding No. 1 RDE role ... His forced fumble keyed game-winning play this season vs. Green Bay ... Was a top playmaker in key win Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland ... Earned team’s franchise player designation for 2013 ... Sack total for ’12 was second-most by a Bengals since 1983, topped only by Geno Atkins’s 12.5, also in ’12 ... Had a streak of 71 straight Bengals games played, which was tied for longest on current roster, but it was snapped Oct. 6 vs. New England when he was inactive due to concussion suffered the previous week.

2013 GENERAL: Played in 15 games, missing only Oct. 6 vs. New England, due to concussion suffered Sept. 29 at Cleveland ... Despite missing one game, he led defensive line and ranked third on team with 74 tackles ... Had 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception ... Second on line with nine passes defensed and second on team with 33 QB pressures.

2013 GAME-BY-GAME: On Sept. 8 at Chicago, recorded five tackles (led line) ... Credited by coaches with eight QB pressures (team high for season) Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh ... On Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, initiated the game-winning play when he stopped RB Johnathan Franklin for no gain on fourth-and-one play in fourth quarter and forced a fumble that Bengals returned for TD … Also vs. Green Bay, had a five-yard sack and a shared eight-yard sack of Aaron Rodgers ...  On Oct. 13 at Buffalo, and had four tackles, including one for a loss, and a pass defensed ... Five tackles, one pass defensed and a team-high six QB pressures Oct. 20 at Detroit ... Five tackles, a pass defensed and one QB pressure Oct. 27 vs. the Jets ... Had five tackles, including a seven-yard sack of Ryan Tannehill in the fourth quarter, Oct. 31 at Miami ... Had six tackles, including two for a loss, a pass defensed and two QB pressures Nov. 10 at Baltimore ... On Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, made first key play in comeback win when he deflected a pass that James Harrison intercepted to set up first Bengals TD … Also vs. Cleveland, had a fourth-quarter INT, a shared sack and forced fumble, and additional pass defensed, two QB pressures and five tackles (tied for line lead) ... Four tackles, including one for loss and one QB pressure Dec. 1 at San Diego ... Tied for line lead with five tackles Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... Also had a pass defensed and three QB pressures .... Tied for line lead with six tackles Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... Five tackles and team-high three QB pressures Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota ... Had seven tackles including an eight-yard shared sack Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2009 NFL Draft (70th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-29-09.

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2009—Increased his role as his rookie season progressed and led D-line in passes defensed (five), including key PD in win over Detroit ... Tied for seventh in special teams tackles (seven) ... Had his first entry in sacks column Nov. 8 vs. Baltimore, when he teamed with DE Jonathan Fanene on a fourth-down, fourth-quarter drop of Joe Flacco to seal victory ... In win Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh, aided strong pass rush with two QB pressures on Ben Roethlisberger, including one on Pittsburgh’s final play to help force an incompletion ... On Dec. 6 vs. Detroit, deflected a Matt Stafford pass that DE Jonathan Fanene intercepted for 45-yard TD, tying score at 7-7 in second quarter ... Also vs. Detroit, had his first solo sack, a nine-yarder against Stafford ... In division-clinching win Dec. 27 vs. Kansas City, had eight-yard sack of Matt Cassel and a fourth-quarter pass defensed to force a punt ... Tied for special teams tackles lead (two) in Wild Card playoff 1-9-10 vs. N.Y. Jets.

2010—Switched from DE to LB for start of season, but resumed seeing DE action when starters were out with injuries ... Had 10 starts at DE for the year, including the last eight games ... Led team in tackles for loss (eight), second in QB pressures (17), and tied for front-seven lead in passes defensed (four) ... Combined with DT Geno Atkins to sack Joe Flacco for four-yard loss Sept. 19 vs. Baltimore, helping stall last Ravens comeback bid ... On Dec. 12 at Pittsburgh, led line with eight tackles, including a sack, and his five QB pressures tied Bengals individual game high for season ... Seven tackles (tied for team lead), a sack and a QB pressure 1-2-11 at Baltimore.

2011—Totaled 51 tackles in regular season, and also had a forced fumble, a recovered fumble and an INT ... Fourth on team in QB pressures (11) and third in tackles-for-loss (eight) ... Led front-seven in passes defensed (six) ... Was first of two Bengals in 2011 to log an entry in every column of defensive stat sheet (tackles, sacks, passes defensed, INTs, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries) ... In win Sept. 11 at Cleveland, had team’s first INT of season in fourth quarter and tied for team lead in total passes defensed (three) ... Had seven tackles Sept. 18 at Denver, including a sack and forced fumble against Kyle Orton ... Had a nine-yard sack of Curtis Painter on Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis, and also recovered a first-quarter fumble from Colts TE Dallas Clark ... Seven tackles in key win Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh, including eight-yard sack and two tackles for loss ... Five tackles Dec. 11 vs. Houston, including four for losses, along with 1.5 sacks and a pass defensed ... One tackle in Wild Card playoff 1-7-12 at Houston.

2012—Played in all 16 games, with 15 starts at RDE (Games 1-13 and 15-16) ... Also started in Wild Card playoff ... Second on D-line in tackles (70) and had an INT, a fumble recovery and three passes defensed ... Third on team in both QB pressures (25) and tackles-for-loss (seven) ... His three tackles Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland included a five-yard sack of Brandon Weeden, and he recovered a Chris Ogbonnaya fumble at Browns 43 in second quarter ... Three tackles Oct. 7 vs. Miami, including three-yard sack of Ryan Tannehill ... Three tackles Oct. 14 at Cleveland, and intercepted a deflected Brandon Weeden pass in first quarter, setting up a TD ... Led D-Line in tackles (seven) Oct. 21 vs. Pittsburgh, and had a sack of Ben Roethlisberger ... Second on team in tackles (seven) Nov. 18 at Kansas City, with one sack of Brady Quinn and four QB pressures ... Four tackles Nov. 25 vs. Oakland, including six-yard sack of Carson Palmer ... Four tackles Dec. 9 vs. Dallas, including a shared sack of Tony Romo for 14-yard loss ... Four tackles Dec. 13 at Philadelphia, including one for-loss, and three additional QB pressures ... Personal season-high 10 tackles (led D-line and second on team) in playoff-clinching win Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh, including an eight-yard sack of Roethlisberger ... Three tackles Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore, including two sacks — one of Joe Flacco and one of Tyrod Taylor ... Five tackles in Wild Card playoff 1-5-13 at Houston.

AFC’S BEST: Johnson was named by NFL as AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance Sept. 23, 2012 at Washington ... Recorded a career-high three sacks for 17 yards against Robert Griffin III ... Also credited by coaches with five additional QB pressures and led line with seven tackles overall (six solo).

COLLEGE: Played 49 games over four seasons (2005-08) at Georgia Tech ... Team captain as a senior, he broke into starting lineup, and his nine sacks helped him earn first-team All-America honors from American Football Coaches Association ... Though he played only one year as a starter, he finished career as a significant playmaker, with 19 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, three blocked FGs and 30.5 tackles for loss ... Posted 17.5 of his tackles for loss as a senior starter.

PERSONAL: Hometown is Selma, Ala. ... Attended Dallas County High School, playing DE and TE, and as a senior, he caught 42-for-650 with six TDs while adding 92 tackles with 14 sacks ... Also an outstanding prep basketball player, averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds as a junior ... Hobbies include playing spades and basketball ... Enjoys community work with children’s causes, and has started a foundation, the MJ93 Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Recent Articles

  • Helping of hope

    Posted Nov 27, 2013

    When Cornelius Ford, who hasn't worked since April, sits down with his three children this Thursday for dinner in Selma, Ala., Michael Johnson is near the top of his list.

  • Johnson's commitment rolls into Saturday's Bengals Bowling Bash

    Posted Jun 5, 2013

    After a career-high 11.5 sacks, a nod as the Bengals franchise player, and a spring semester that puts him closer to his Georgia Tech degree, Michael Johnson's community commitment keeps rolling along this weekend.

  • Bengals like Mike with tag

    Posted Mar 1, 2013

    With an eye to keeping intact one of the best defensive lines in the NFL, the Bengals put the franchise tag on right end Michael Johnson to virtually secure his services for the 2013 season with a one-year offer in the $11 million range.

  • Classy offseason

    Posted Feb 15, 2013

    You've got to scramble to find Michael Johnson nowadays on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Your best shot is between Financial Management, where he is bonding with hedge funds, and Earth and Atmospheric Science, where his 85 on the semester's first test lifted him into the region above the class average of 78.

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