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Players

Austin Johnson
FB #35
Height:
6-2
Weight:
240
College:
Tennessee
Hometown:
Hickory, N.C.
Experience:
3
Rushing
YearTeamGAttAtt/GYdsAvgYds/GTDLng1st1st%20+40+FUM
TOTAL 17 12 0.7 31 2.6 1.8 1 8 8 66.7 0 0 0
2015 NO 10 4 0.4 9 2.3 0.9 1 4 3 75 0 0 0
2014 NO 7 8 1.1 22 2.8 3.1 0 8 5 62.5 0 0 0
Receiving
YearTeamGRecYdsAvgYds/GLongTD20+40+1stFUM
TOTAL 17 7 45 6.4 2.6 13 1 0 0 5 0
2015 NO 10 5 30 6 3 12 0 0 0 3 0
2014 NO 7 2 15 7.5 2.1 13T 1 0 0 2 0
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 17 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2015 NO 10 4 3 1 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2014 NO 7 3 3 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --

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Originally signed by New Orleans in 2013, after spending his first season on the club’s practice squad, Johnson handled fullback duties as well as contributing on special teams over 10 appearances in 2015 with one start. He rushed for nine yards and his first career rushing touchdown on four carries and caught five passes for 30 yards, with a long-reception of 12 yards and added a career-best five tackles on special teams. Over two seasons with the Black and Gold, Johnson’s appeared in 17 games with two starts, and has rushed for 31 yards and one touchdown on 12 attempts, while making seven receptions for 45 yards, with one touchdown and has contributed to special teams with nine tackles.

NFL CAREER – Originally signed by New Orleans in 2013, after spending his first season on the club’s practice squad, Johnson handled fullback duties as well as contributing on special teams over 10 appearances in 2015 with one start. He rushed for nine yards and his first career rushing touchdown on four carries and caught five passes for 30 yards, with a long-reception of 12 yards and added a career-best five tackles on special teams. Over two seasons with the Black and Gold, Johnson’s appeared in 17 games with two starts, and has rushed for 31 yards and one touchdown on 12 attempts, while making seven receptions for 45 yards, with one touchdown and has contributed to special teams with nine tackles.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Re-signed, 2/10/16; Signed to active roster from practice squad, 12/10/15; Re-signed to practice squad, 11/5/15; Waived by Saints, 11/4/15; Placed on Injured Reserve, 11/4/14; Signed to reserve/future contract, 1/14/14; Re-signed to practice squad, 10/2/13; Released from practice squad, 9/25/13; Re-signed to practice squad, 9/24/13; Released from practice squad, 9/18/13; Signed to practice squad, 9/1/13; Waived, 8/31/13; Signed by New Orleans to a reserve/future contract, 1/7/13.

2015 – After making the initial 53-man roster out of the preseason, appeared in the opener at Arizona, Sept. 13, rushing for four yards on one carry, making two receptions for five yards and recording a career-high two special teams tackles…Played FB and had his first career rushing touchdown, a one-yard push vs. Tampa Bay, Sept. 20…Made his second career start at Carolina, Sept. 27, carrying it twice for four yards and recording a special teams stop…Saw time on special teams and at FB vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 1…Waived, Nov. 4 and signed to practice squad, Nov. 5…Re-signed to active roster, Dec. 10 and saw action on offense and special teams at Tampa Bay, Dec. 13…Recorded a six-yard reception and saw time on special teams vs. Detroit, Dec. 21…Saw action on offense and on special teams vs. Jacksonville, Dec. 27, catching two passes for 19 yards, including one grab for a first down, while playing a key role as a blocker for Tim Hightower’s 122 yards rushing…Recorded a career-high-tying two special teams tackles in the finale at Atlanta, 1/3/16. 2014 – Played in seven games with one start, handling lead blocking duties and contributing on special teams before being placed on injured reserve at midseason. Carried eight times for 22 yards, caught two passes for 15 yards with one touchdown and posted four special teams tackles. In opener at Atlanta, Sept. 7, blocked for a rushing attack that accounted for 139 yards and two touchdowns…At Cleveland, Sept. 14, ran for two first downs in his first two career rushes, totaling 10 yards on two carries and blocked for a rushing attack that gained 174 yards…Rushed once for two yards and made two special teams stops, blocking for a rushing attack that grinded out 108 yards vs. Minnesota, Sept. 21…Earned first career start vs. Tampa Bay, Oct. 5 and helped block for a rushing attack that gained 140 yards. Gained two yards on a carry and had a special teams stop…Rushed once for five yards and had his first career reception, a 13-yard touchdown catch, while adding one special teams stop, at Detroit, Oct. 19…Helped block for Mark Ingram’s career-high 172 yard rushing effort, while rushing twice for one yard and making a two-yard grab vs. Green Bay, Oct. 26…Inactive at Carolina, Oct. 30 before being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. 2013 – Spent the majority of the season on the practice squad. 

COLLEGE – Four-year letterman at Tennessee, who appeared in 43 career games and posted 126 tackles (64 solo), one sack, 10 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, five interceptions and one pass defensed…Three-time Academic All-SEC selection…Started all 12 games at middle linebacker as a senior in 2011 and led the Volunteers with 81 tackles (41 solo) and four interceptions, tied for the NCAA lead by linebackers and ranked fourth overall in the conference…Posted 44 stops (22 solo), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception as a junior…Converted to linebacker as a junior after spending his first two campaigns at fullback. 

PERSONAL – Two-time all-state selection at Hickory (N.C.) HS, where he finished with 580 career tackles…Has made numerous community appearances at schools and events since joining the Saints…Born June 16, 1989.

 

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