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The New Orleans Saints were looking to improve their depth in the defensive backfield when they drafted C.J. Gardner Johnson with a fourth round pick in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. Gardner-Johnson stepped up as a rookie, playing in all 16 games with seven starts. He placed eighth on the team with 46 tackles, third with eight breakups and was one of ten players with an interception.
NFL CAREER – The New Orleans Saints were looking to improve their depth in the defensive backfield when they drafted C.J. Gardner Johnson with a fourth round pick in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. Gardner-Johnson stepped up as a rookie, playing in all 16 games with seven starts. He placed eighth on the team with 46 tackles, third with eight breakups and was one of ten players with an interception. . Gardner-Johnson has proven to be a solid tackle who is willing to play with physicality while also showing ability to play in both zone and press coverages and should continue to grow as a solid contributor in the New Orleans backfield.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed to a four-year contract, 5/10/19; Selected by the Saints in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.
HONORS – 2019: All-Rookie (PFWA).
2019 – Played in all 16 games with seven starts, posting 46 tackles (35 solo), one interception, eight passes defensed, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and three special teams stops. Ranked sixth on team in tackles and third in deflections…Made his first career start at strong safety at Chicago, Oct. 20 and notched six solo tackles and two passes defensed…Started in the nickel vs. Arizona, Oct. 27 and finished with five tackles (three solo) and two passes defensed…Started at Tampa Bay, Nov. 17 and finished with three solo tackles and one pass defensed…Started vs. Carolina, Nov. 24 and recorded six tackles (three solo)…On Thanksgiving night at Atlanta, Nov. 28, recorded his first career interception,…Started at strong safety vs. Indianapolis, Dec. 16 and finished with team-leading and season-high eight tackles, adding two stops for loss and a pass defensed. Left the game in the third quarter with a concussion…Started at strong safety, at Tennessee, Dec. 22 and tied season-high with eight tackles - five solo - and tallied his first career forced fumble and fumble recovery…Started in the nickel in Wild Card Playoff Game against Minnesota, 1/5/20 and posted three tackles (two solo) and a pass defensed.
COLLEGE – In three seasons at Florida, played in 37 games with 26 starts and posted 161 tackles (91 solo), four sacks, nine interception returns for 301 yards, three returned for touchdowns and 17 passes defensed…Played in all 13 games in 2018 and started 12, totaling 71 tackles, four interceptions (two returned for TDs), two passes defensed, nine tackles-for-loss, three sacks and two quarterback hurries…His four picks tied for 16th in the country and second in the SEC…In 2017, started in all 11 games at safety. Finished with 58 tackles, two interceptions, seven passes defensed, six tackles-for-loss and a sack…Appeared in all 13 games as a freshman in 2016 and started Florida's final three contests as one its starting safeties. Led Gators with eight special teams tackles, as a key member on special teams. Totaled 32 tackles, three passes defensed, three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and a half stop-for-loss. Three picks tied for second-most on team. Recorded two tackles and two interceptions (one returned for a TD) in Outback Bowl vs. Iowa. Tallied the first multi-interception game by a Florida freshman since 2004. Named the Outback Bowl Most Valuable Player for his standout performance as he only the fourth UF defensive back to be named a Bowl MVP. Became only the second true freshman in program history to win a Bowl MVP Award, joining Emmitt Smith (1987). Named to ESPN's, Sports Illustrated's and the AP's All-Bowl Team.
PERSONAL – Played in the 2016 Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando, Fla. and was named to USA Today's All-Florida first team...Led Cocoa (Fla.) HS to a 10-3 record and reached the Florida 4A state semifinals in his senior year when he finished with 55 tackles, four sacks and two picks, while also running for six touchdowns and catching five touchdowns…Was a three-sport high school star in football, basketball and track and field…Named Class 2A Florida Dairy Farmers Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 2015, excelling in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash…His mother having served as a foster parent, has a passion for engaging with and helping foster children, conducting volunteer work with local organizations such as Boys Town Louisiana and Covenant House New Orleans…Born on Dec. 20, 1997.