Dontae Johnson

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Dontae Johnson
No. 48 – San Francisco 49ers
Personal information
Born: (1991-12-01) December 1, 1991 (age 27)
Plainfield, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:The Pennington School
(Pennington, New Jersey)
College:NC State
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 129
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:158
Pass deflections:21
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Defensive touchdowns:2
Player stats at

Dontae Johnson (born December 1, 1991) is an American football cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at NC State and was drafted by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He also previously played for the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs.

Early years[edit]

Johnson was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and grew up in South Plainfield, New Jersey. He went to The Pennington School for high school.[1][2][3] He was selected to the New Jersey all-prep first-team.[4] He had 108 tackles, six interceptions along with three forced fumbles in his senior season.[4] He also played AAU basketball in high school.[4]

College career[edit]

During his junior season, Johnson was selected ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his performance against Wake Forest on November 12, 2012.[5] He was invited to the 2014 Senior Bowl as a member of the North team.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Coming out of NC State, Johnson was projected by some NFL draft experts to be a third or fourth round pick, while others projected him to be selected in the fifth or sixth round. He received an invitation to the NFL combine and completed all of the required combine and positional drills. On March 24, 2014, he chose to participate at NC State's pro day, but opted to only perform positional drills for NFL team representatives and scouts. Johnson was ranked the 25th best cornerback prospect in the draft by[7]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
200 lb
(91 kg)
31 12 in
(0.80 m)
8 58 in
(0.22 m)
4.45 s 1.57 s 2.62 s 4.24 s 6.82 s 38 12 in
(0.98 m)
10 ft 4 in
(3.15 m)
12 reps
All values from NFL Combine[8]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

The San Francisco 49ers selected Johnson in the fourth round (129th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[9] He was the 16th cornerback selected in the draft.

2014 season[edit]

On May 15, 2014, the San Francisco 49ers signed Johnson to a four-year, $2.62 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $400,544.[10]

He competed with Chris Culliver, Tramaine Brock, Perrish Cox, Chris Cook, Kenneth Acker, and Darryl Morris throughout training camp in 2014 for the job as the starting cornerback.[11] Head coach Jim Harbaugh named Johnson the fifth cornerback on the depth chart, behind veterans Tramaine Brock, Chris Culliver, Perrish Cox, and Chris Cook.[12]

He made his professional regular season debut in the San Francisco 49ers' season-opener at the Dallas Cowboys and recorded two solo tackles and two pass deflections in their 28–17 victory. On October 13, 2014, Johnson made a tackle, a pass deflection, and made his first career interception after picking off a pass attempt by Austin Davis and returning it for a 20-yard touchdown during a 31–17 win over the St. Louis Rams.[13] During a Week 14 matchup against the Oakland Raiders, Johnson collected a season-high seven combined tackles as the 49ers lost 13–24. On December 14, 2014, he earned his first career start and recorded four combined tackles and deflected a pass in a 7–17 loss at the Seattle Seahawks.[14] He finished his rookie season with 34 combined tackles (26 solo), six pass deflections, an interception, and a touchdown in three starts and 16 games. The 49ers fired Harbaugh after they finished with an 8-8 season in 2014.

2015 season[edit]

Johnson returned to training camp in 2015 to compete with Tramaine Brock, Shareece Wright, Chris Cook, Leon McFadden, Kenneth Acker, and Keith Reaser for the starting cornerback position.[15] New head coach Jim Tomsula named Johnson the third cornerback on the 49ers depth chart behind Tramaine Brock and Kenneth Acker.[16]

On November 8, 2015, Johnson received his first start of the season and recorded a season-high six solo tackles and two pass deflections during a 17–16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. On January 3, 2016, he earned a season-high seven combined tackles and defended a pass in the 49ers' 19–16 defeat of the St. Louis Rams. He finished the 2015 season with a total of 32 combined tackles (29 solo) and five pass deflections in three starts and 16 games.[14] The San Francisco 49ers opted to fire Tomsula after they finished with a 5–11 record in 2015.

2016 season[edit]

Johnson competed with Tramaine Brock, Jimmie Ward, Chris Davis, Kenneth Acker, Keith Reaser, and Rashard Robinson through training camp for the starting cornerback position. Head coach Chip Kelly named Johnson the third cornerback on the 49ers' depth chart to begin the regular season.[17]

During a Week 10 matchup against at the Arizona Cardinals, Johnson recorded a season-high three combined tackles in the 49ers' 20–23 loss. On January 1, 2017, he collected a season-high four combined tackles and a season-high two pass deflections, as the 49ers lost 23–25 to the Seattle Seahawks.[14] His production fell under head coach Chip Kelly and defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil in 2016 and Johnson finished the season with 15 combined tackles (11 solo) and three pass deflections in 15 games and zero starts. The San Francisco 49ers finished with a 2–14 record and ultimately fired their head coach Chip Kelly.

2017 season[edit]

Johnson returned to 49ers' training camp in 2017 and competed with Rashard Robinson, Keith Reaser, Ahkello Witherspoon, and K'Waun Williams for the job as the starting cornerback. Head coach Kyle Shanahan named Johnson the starting cornerback, along with Robinson and Williams as nickelback, to begin the 2017 season.[18]

He started the 49ers' season-opener against the Carolina Panthers and recorded two solo tackles in a 3–23 loss. On October 1, 2017, Johnson collected eight combined tackles and a season-high two pass deflections during a 15–18 loss at the Arizona Cardinals. The next week, he earned a career-high nine combined tackles as the 49ers lost to the Indianapolis Colts 23–26.[14] On December 24, 2017, Johnson made his second career interception after picking off a pass attempt by Blake Bortles and returning it for a 50-yard touchdown during a 44-33 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Johnson led the Niners in tackles during the 2017 season[19], but despite this statistical output, he also struggled mightily in pass coverage, with Pro Football Focus giving him an overall grade of 36.9 on the season.[20]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On April 11, 2018, Johnson signed with the Seattle Seahawks.[21] He was projected to be one of the starting cornerbacks to start the season, however he suffered a groin injury and was placed on injured reserve.[22] On September 27, the Seahawks released Johnson from injured reserve.[23]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On October 2, 2018, Johnson signed with the Buffalo Bills.[24] He was released on October 30, 2018.[25]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On November 27, 2018, Johnson signed with the Arizona Cardinals.[26] He was released on December 18, 2018.[27]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

On February 22, 2019, Johnson was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs.[28] He was released on May 20, 2019.[29]

San Francisco 49ers (second stint)[edit]

On May 28, 2019, Johnson was signed by the San Francisco 49ers.[30]


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  2. ^ Branch, Eric. "Dontae Johnson steps up to next level admirably", San Francisco Chronicle, September 13, 2014. Accessed November 8, 2017. "Eure first saw Johnson’s potential at the Pennington School in Pennington, N.J., a private school for grades 6-12 located less than 10 miles from Princeton University. Johnson, who grew up about 40 miles away in South Plainfield, was a boarder at Pennington, which he attended because of its academic prowess."
  3. ^ Eckel, Mark (May 15, 2014). "49ers Jim Harbaugh finally lands his man in Pennington graduate Dontae Johnson". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
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  5. ^ "Camden Wentz, Dontae Johnson honored by ACC". Retrieved November 12, 2012.
  6. ^ "Johnson Relishing Experience at Reese's Senior Bowl". Retrieved January 24, 2014.
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  13. ^ Perrish Cox, Dontae Johnson Step up in 49ers Win
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  16. ^ " San Francisco 49ers' depth chart: 09/05/2015". Retrieved November 7, 2017.
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  25. ^ Brown, Chris (October 30, 2018). "Bills add WR Terrelle Pryor".
  26. ^ Odegard, Kyle (November 27, 2018). "Cardinals Sign Cornerbacks Dontae Johnson and Quinten Rollins".
  27. ^ Urban, Darren (December 18, 2018). "Cardinals Make More Moves At Cornerback".
  28. ^ Williams, Charean (February 23, 2019). "Chiefs sign E.J. Manuel, three others". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  29. ^ Williams, Charean (May 20, 2019). "Chiefs sign John Phillips, cut Dontae Johnson". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  30. ^ "49ers Sign CB Dontae Johnson, Waive LB Pita Taumoepenu and Release OL Anthony Davis". May 28, 2019.

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