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  • Browns' John Johnson: Tackling numbers fall to earth

    Johnson notched 61 tackles (37 solo), a half-sack, five pass breakups, three interceptions and one forced fumble across 15 games in 2021. Johnson didn't come close to matching last season's performance of triple-digit tackles, though he did provide a notable boost to Cleveland's secondary and come within striking distance of his career-high interception tally. He stands to reprise his role as Cleveland's starting free safety during the 2022 season, after which the team will have a potential 'out' from his contract.
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  • Browns' John Johnson: Ruled out for Week 16

    Johnson (hamstring) has been ruled out for Saturday's Christmas Day matchup with the Packers, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. The safety suffered the hamstring injury in Monday's loss to the Raiders, and after being deemed day-to-day earlier in the week, he will ultimately be unavailable Saturday. With Johnson on the shelf, M.J. Stewart will likely step into a starting spot against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Week 16.
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  • Browns' John Johnson: Tests positive for COVID-19

    Johnson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday after testing positive for the virus, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Johnson is one of numerous Browns' players to test positive and land in COVID protocols. The safety hasn't been ruled out for Saturday's contest yet, so that indicates he's vaccinated, which means he could still face the Raiders if he provides back-to-back negative tests at least 24 hours apart.
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  • Browns' John Johnson: Productive against Ravens

    Johnson logged seven tackles (six solo) and half a sack in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Ravens. Johnson has now played 100 percent of the Browns' defensive snaps in each of the last five games, and he has three consecutive appearances with at least six tackles. Across the last five games, the 2017 third-rounder has totaled 26 tackles (20 solo), two interceptions, a forced fumble and half a sack.
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  • Browns' John Johnson: Does it all in loss

    Johnson tallied seven tackles (four solo) while also intercepting one pass in Sunday's 16-10 loss against the Ravens. Johnson intercepted his third pass of the season and his second in his last four games. The Browns safety has also tallied seven tackles in each of his last two games. Johnson is not on the same tackling pace as he was last season with the Rams, however, he has seemingly solidified a young secondary, and he may be able to surpass his career high in interceptions.
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  • Browns' John Johnson: Suffers neck injury Sunday

    Johnson (neck) won't return to Sunday's contest against the Steelers, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports. Johnson recorded four tackles before leaving the Browns' Week 8 matchup with the Steelers early. The 25-year-old safety won't return to the contest, and in his absence, Grant Delpit will likely see extended snaps at free safety.
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  • Browns' John Johnson: Chooses Cleveland as next home

    Johnson agreed to a three-year, $33.75 million contract with the Browns on Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Johnson had numerous teams after him but ultimately chose to sign with the Browns, who will pay him $24 million in guaranteed money on the deal. He topped 100 tackles for the second time in the past three seasons with the Rams in 2020 and should be an impact starter at strong safety with Cleveland.
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  • Rams' John Johnson: Strong season continues

    Johnson recorded nine tackles (eight solo) during Sunday's 38-28 win over Arizona. The fourth-year free safety is having an excellent season with 83 tackles (56 solo), eight passes defensed and an interception. Johnson can be started confidently week in, week out in most IDP settings.
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  • Rams' John Johnson: Registers 13 tackles in loss

    Johnson finished with 13 tackles (five solo) in Sunday's matchup against the 49ers. Johnson's previous best for tackles in a game this season was 10, but he set a new mark in Week 6. He's secured 46 tackles and has picked off a pass through six contests in 2020.
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  • Rams' John Johnson: Continues strong play

    Johnson secured six tackles (five solo), including two for a loss, during Sunday's 17-9 win over the Giants. The fourth-year starter has quickly reestablished himself as an excellent fantasy option after sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury and playing just six games last year. Johnson projects to continuing playing nearly every defensive snap and providing reliable weekly tackle totals.
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  • Rams' John Johnson: Progressing in recovery

    Coach Sean McVay said Johnson (shoulder) is "making good progress," Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports. Johnson compiled 51 tackles (24 solo), two defended passes and two interceptions across six games in 2019 before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury Week 6. Heading into the final year of his rookie contract, the 24-year-old will focus on making a full recovery in time to kick off the 2020 campaign. In the wake of Eric Weddle's retirement, Johnson will be counted on as a regular starter in Los Angeles' secondary.
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  • Rams' John Johnson: Set for more tests

    Johnson will undergo additional testing on his shoulder, and he may be out indefinitely, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. The Rams don't appear optimistic about Johnson's chances of playing anytime soon considering they don't even expect a specific timeline for his return. It seems unlikely Johnson plays Sunday against the Falcons. That would downgrade the Rams' defense, as Johnson has 51 tackles and two picks through six games. Taylor Rapp is the next man up at strong safety.
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  • Rams' John Johnson: Another interception Sunday

    Johnson recorded nine tackles (two solo) and an interception across 72 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Browns. Johnson now has an interception in back-to-back weeks. The third year pro sealed a victory for the Rams with a pick in the end zone as time wound down and the Browns knocking on the door. He also led the Rams in tackles, playing every defensive snap in the contest. There's a good chance the safety's interception streak could continue next week against Jameis Winston, who's already thrown four picks through three games.
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  • Rams' John Johnson: Snags INT in Week 2

    Johnson made six tackles (four solo) and an interception in Sunday's win over the Saints. Johnson continues to be used heavily on defense, playing 63 of 65 possible defensive snaps and looking good in coverage. The third-year pro has solid IDP upside after piling up 119 tackles and 11 pass breakups last year, and he's setting himself up for similar numbers in this campaign. Johnson has a good chance to continue this trend in Week 3 against the Browns, as Baker Mayfield has thrown four interceptions through two games.
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  • Rams' John Johnson: Racks up tackles in win

    Johnson made 11 tackles (six solo) during Sunday's win over Carolina. Johnson made his presence felt from his safety position, even getting into the backfield to record a tackle for loss in the win. The 23-year-old may have a new safety partner for Week 2, however, as Eric Weddle was carted off the field and was being evaluated for a concussion. Next Sunday could be a much stiffer test for Johnson and the Rams defense, as Drew Brees and the Saints visit Los Angeles.
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  • Rams' John Johnson: Tames Lions to lead defense

    Johnson recorded a team-high 11 tackles (nine solo) during Sunday's 30-16 win over Detroit. This was the third time Johnson has registered 11 tackles, and he's now up to an impressive 85 with three interceptions for the season. The 22-year-old strong safety is thriving in his first full season as a starter, and the Boston College product should remain a solid IDP option down the fantasy stretch drive.
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  • Rams' John Johnson: Records another interception

    Johnson posted two tackles (both solo) and an interception in Sunday's win over San Francisco. Johnson's interception is his third of the season and gives him picks in back-to-back games. He and the Rams will look to continue stacking their success as they host the Packers in Week 8.
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  • Rams' John Johnson: Wraps up game-high 11 tackles

    Johnson recorded 11 tackles (six solo) and two pass defensed during Thursday's 38-31 win over Minnesota. Now up to 31 tackles (20 solo), an interception and five pass defensed through four games, Johnson is proving to be a reliable asset in IDP settings. He finished last season strong, and the 2017 third-round selection has clearly cemented his role as the starting strong safety.
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  • Rams' John Johnson: Starts 11 games in rookie campaign

    Johnson started 11 of 16 games and recorded 75 tackles (56 solo) this season. The third-round selection out of Boston College had a respectable first tour through the NFL. He quickly climbed into a starting role at strong safety and was a strong fit in defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme. Considering his respectable 63 tackles (46 solo) through the final 10 games of the 2017 season, Johnson appears poised to take a step forward and potentially become a weekly fantasy option in IDP settings during his sophomore campaign.
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