A first-year NFL player for 2014, Johnson made Bengals season opening roster after spending his full rookie season on Bengals practice squad ... Played in four games ... At South Carolina, started a school-record 53 consecutive games, playing both guard and center ... A standout in the weight room, he twice earned South Carolina’s annual award for outstanding effort.
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.
2014 recap: 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.
2013: On practice squad for Games 1-16 ... 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 ... 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.
The Bengals’ 27-24 overtime victory Sunday at sold-out Paul Brown Stadium is featured on NFL Network’s NFL Replay airing Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m.
The Bengals have not only matched the 1988 AFC champions with a 5-0 start, they’re on pace to break that club’s franchise record for most points by more than three touchdowns.
Andy Dalton may be in the early MVP conversation, but Sunday’s fourth quarter and overtime are a not so subtle reminder that defense and special teams have had a special place in the Bengals’ five-year run that is now at 45-23-1 with a fifth consecutive play-off berth beckoning. And cornerback Adam Jones was in the middle of it all.