Johnson has received a roster exemption as part of the International Pathway Program, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Johnson thus won't count against the offseason 90-man roster, making it substantially easier for him to stick with the Patriots and continue to develop. He's looking to suit up at fullback for a third straight season with the team.
May 3, 2021 4:45 PM EST
The Patriots signed Johnson to a one-year contract according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Johnson will stay in New England to continue his fullback role for his third consecutive season. The 26-year-old had an increased catching role in his 2020 campaign, securing eight receptions for 35 yards and one touchdown through 16 games. While the fullback is yet to log any carries, expect Johnson to assume his usual blocking role for the team in 2021.
Mar 25, 2021 10:11 AM EST
Johnson (knee) will suit up in Thursday's game against the Rams.
Analysis: Johnson was limited during the week of practice with the knee issue, but as evidenced by this news, it wasn't serious enough to force him to miss time. Johnson will likely assume his usual blocking role for the contest, as he's hauled in just eight targets for 35 yards and a touchdown this season, failing to log a rushing attempt.
Dec 10, 2020 4:33 PM EST
Johnson was listed as a limited participant on Tuesday's injury report due to a knee issue.
Analysis: New England also listed Johnson as limited on the first injury report that was released Monday, one day after the Patriots dismantled the Chargers, 45-0. Johnson often serves strictly as a blocker for New England, but he even got into the act in the blowout win, catching his lone target for a one-yard gain. Johnson has played in 11 of the Patriots' 12 games to date, hauling in all eight of his targets for 35 yards and a touchdown.
Dec 8, 2020 5:41 PM EST
The Patriots placed Johnson (shoulder) on injured reserve Monday.
Analysis: Johnson will be eligible to return Week 17 against the Dolphins. The Patriots have both fullbacks Johnson and James Develin (neck) on injured reserve, so the team will likely sign another asset to pave the way in their crowded backfield.
Oct 14, 2019 2:59 PM EST
The Patriots are expected to place Johnson (shoulder) on injured reserve, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Johnson exited the second half of Thursday's win over the Giants due to a shoulder injury, the severity of which will reportedly sideline him for at least the next eight weeks. With James Develin (neck) already on IR, New England will be a candidate to sign another fullback to the roster, considering that the position plays an important role in the team's rushing attack.
Oct 11, 2019 9:24 AM EST
Johnson is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Giants with a shoulder injury.
Analysis: Johnson was injured in the second half, and with the Patriots holding a sizable lead, there is likely no reason to bring the fullback back into Thursday's game. He will look to recover during a long week prior to a matchup with the Jets in Week 7.
Oct 10, 2019 8:20 PM EST
The Patriots have promoted Johnson to their 53-man roster, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: With James Develin (neck) out this week, Johnson will give the Patriots a healthy fullback option heading into Sunday's game against the Jets. Johnson, a native of Germany, joined the team via the NFL's International Pathway Program after playing college ball for the University of Tennessee.
Sep 21, 2019 9:24 AM EST
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