NFL CAREER – Third-year safety joined the Saints in Week 11 after beginning the 2016 season with the Green Bay Packers, in order to provide depth at the safety position while playing a role on special teams. Over 35 games played from 2013-15, the Sugar Land, Texas native has registered 19 tackles (16 solo), two passes defensed and 36 special teams stops. His 21 special teams tackles in 2015 were good for the team lead and were the most by a Packer since 2009.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by New Orleans Saints, 11/14/16; Reached an injury settlement with Packers, 10/31/16; Placed on Injured Reserve by Packers, 10/24/16; Re-signed by Packers, 4/15/16; Re-signed by Packers to a one-year contract, 3/10/15; Signed by Packers to 53-man roster from the practice squad, 12/13/14; Signed to Packers practice squad, 8/31/14; Waived by Packers, 8/30/14; Re-signed by Packers, 2/26/14; Signed by Green Bay Packers, 7/29/13; Waived by Jaguars, 7/25/13; Signed by Jacksonville Jaguars, 4/18/13.
2016 – Appeared in three games for Green Bay and recorded two special teams tackles before being placed on injured reserve on Oct. 24 and waived/injury settlement, Oct. 31. 2015 – Played in all 16 games with one start…Posted four solo tackles and a pass defensed on defense…Led the team with a career-high 21 tackles on special teams, the most by a Packer since 2009…Appeared in both playoff games and was tied for the team lead with three tackles on special teams…Vs. Kansas City, Sept. 28, started the second game of NFL career as the Packers opened up with three safeties. Appeared on 33 defensive plays and registered two solo tackles and one pass defensed. On the Chiefs’ second possession of the game, made a two-handed deflection of QB Alex Smith’s pass intended for WR Jeremy Maclin on third down near the sideline to force a three-and-out. Tied for team lead and matched career-high with three tackles on special teams…At San Francisco, Oct. 4, played 19 snaps on special teams, which was tied for the team high, and registered a team-high two tackles…At Washington in NFC Wild Card playoff, 1/10/16, played 21 snaps on special teams and registered two tackles, which was tied for the team lead…At Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Divisional playoff, 1/16/16, appeared on 20 plays on special teams and recorded a tackle. 2014 – Played in three regular-season games and recorded three tackles on special teams…Also appeared in both playoff contests and was tied for second on team with three special teams tackles…Waived in the final roster reduction during the preseason and spent the first 13 games on Green Bay’s practice squad…Signed to 53-man roster on Dec. 13.…Vs. Dallas in NFC Divisional playoff, 1/11/15, played 13 snaps on special teams and registered one tackle…At Seattle in NFC Championship game, 1/18/15, appeared on 18 plays on special teams and posted two tackles. 2013 – Spent the offseason with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was waived at the start of training camp on July 25…Signed with the Packers days three days later and became one of three free agents with no prior NFL playing experience to make the opening-day roster after a strong preseason that saw him rank fifth on team with 10 tackles (nine solo) and one sack…Appeared in all 16 regular season games with a start, and also appeared in the team’s Wild Card contest…Recorded 15 tackles (12 solo), a pass defensed and 10 special teams tackles…The 10 tackles on special teams ranked second on the squad…At San Francisco, Sept. 8, made his NFL debut, appearing on special teams and also seeing three plays on defense…At Cincinnati, Sept. 22, with starter Morgan Burnett sidelined with a hamstring injury, was elevated into the starting lineup, opening the game at SS. Saw action on 54 defensive plays in his first NFL start and finished with three tackles (two solo)…At Baltimore, Oct. 13, was a force on special teams, racking up a career-high three tackles on the coverage units, two as a member of the kickoff team and one on a punt return…At N.Y. Giants, Nov. 17, played on defense and special teams and continued to be a force on the kickoff coverage unit, accounting for the tackles on both kickoffs that were returned during the game, including a stop of RB Michael Cox at the Giants’ 11-yard line in the second quarter…Vs. San Francisco in NFC Wild Card playoff, 1/5/2014, made his NFL postseason debut and played on special teams, but did not record any statistics. 2012 – Participated on a tryout basis at rookie minicamps with the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers, but did not sign with a team that season.
COLLEGE – Four-year letterman at SMU who started 47-of-51 games and tallied 321 tackles (195 solo), including 9.5 for loss, 15 passes defensed, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries…Earned honorable mention All-Conference USA recognition as senior in 2011, finishing third on team with 82 tackles (50 solo) and added two fumble recoveries and two passes defensed…As junior, named second-team All-Conference USA after starting all 14 games, tallying career-high 92 tackles (60 solo), with 6.5 for loss, two interceptions and eight passes defensed…As sophomore, became first SMU player awarded the number 23 following Head Coach June Jones’ decision that a deserving student-athlete on the team would be selected to wear the jersey throughout the season to honor Jerry LeVias, the first African-American player in the Southwest Conference to receive an athletic scholarship. Started all 13 games at safety during sophomore season, finishing second on the team with 86 tackles (45 solo), including two for loss, and tallied five passes defensed and an interception…Saw playing time in all 12 games as a true freshman, making eight starts, including the final seven games of the season at safety, ranking fourth on the team with 61 tackles (40 solo), including a half-tackle for loss, and added first career interception…Earned degree in sports management.
PERSONAL – Earned three letters in football as a running back and safety at Kempner High in Sugar Land, Texas…Ranked as the nation’s No. 95 safety by ESPN.com and was one of 20 defensive backs named to the 2007 Houston Chronicle’s Top 110…Earned four letters as a member of the basketball team…Participated in the Packers Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic, where he guided kids through football drills…Did a Q&A and signed autographs for students of the Wisconsin Challenge Academy, a boot-camp style program based at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin…Cousin, Charles Akinyemi, played football at Air Force (2001-02) and Southern Methodist (2004)…Born Ayokunmi Christopher Oluwaseun Banjo in Houston Texas.
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