Charles Johnson (defensive end)

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Charles Johnson
No. 95 Carolina Panthers
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-07-10) July 10, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Hawkinsville, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school: Hawkinsville (GA)
College: Georgia
NFL draft: 2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles: 267
Sacks: 62.5
Forced fumbles: 16
Stats at NFL.com

Charles Johnson (born July 10, 1986, in Hawkinsville, Georgia) is an American football defensive end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia.

Early years[edit]

Johnson attended Hawkinsville High School, where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track. He played defensive end for the Hawkinsville Red Devils football team. As a junior, he earned Class A All-State honorable mention and All-Area honors. As a senior, he recorded 16 sacks and 30 pressures while leading his team to the Class A State Championship, where he returned an interception 83 yards for a touchdown. He participated in the GACA North-South All-Star game.[1]

In addition to football, he also played basketball and ran track. He played as a forward on the basketball team. In track & field, he competed as a member of the Hawkinsville relay squads, recording personal-best times of 43.27 seconds in the 4x100 and 3:42.47 minutes in the 4x400.[2] He also ran a 4.6-second 40-yard dash.

Professional career[edit]

2007 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 270 lb 4.75 s 1.58 s 2.74 s 7.51 s 34 in 9 ft 10 in 33 reps
All values from NFL Combine, except 40 time from Pro Day[3][4]

Johnson was considered by some NFL scouts to be a 1st or 2nd round pick and rated as high as the 3rd best defensive end in draft by some scouting services.[3] Charles went later than expected to the Carolina Panthers in the 3rd round with the 83rd overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. This was considered to be a great value pick by many experts.[5] [6]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

During Johnson's rookie year (2007), he appeared sparingly due to playing behind established veterans like Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker.

He appeared in all 16 games of the 2008 season. With Rucker retired, and a year of experience behind him Johnson showed great strides during the year totaling 25 tackles, 6 quarterback sacks, and forcing 1 fumble.

2010 was his first year as a starter with the departure of longtime starter Julius Peppers and was somewhat of a breakout year for Charles Johnson. Through 16 games he recorded 11.5 sacks (tied for 8th in the NFL) with 62 total tackles, and 1 forced fumble.[7] After the lockout was lifted, Charles Johnson was resigned to a six-year $72M ($32M guaranteed) contract. According to ESPN the Magazine, he was the highest paid player in the NFL during the 2011 season with a total salary of $34M.[8]

Career stats[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2007 CAR 3 2 2 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 CAR 16 0 25 20 5 6.0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2009 CAR 13 2 25 17 8 4.0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2010 CAR 16 16 62 51 11 11.5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011 CAR 15 15 40 30 10 9.0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012 CAR 16 16 41 30 11 12.5 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
2013 CAR 14 14 31 25 6 11.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2014 CAR 16 16 41 29 12 8.5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Total 109 81 267 203 64 62.5 0 21 0 0 0 0 16 3

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2008-09 CAR 1 0 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013-14 CAR 1 1 3 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014-15 CAR 2 2 5 2 3 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 3 10 7 3 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/charles_johnson_235596.html
  2. ^ https://www.trackingfootball.com/players/charles-johnson-3361/
  3. ^ a b "SportingNews.com - Pro Football War Room". Warroom.sportingnews.com. 2007-04-29. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  4. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=58300&draftyear=2007&genpos=DE
  5. ^ Georgia. "Charles Johnson Scouting Report - 2007 NFL Draft Prospect". Fftoolbox.com. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  6. ^ "Charles Johnson, DE, Georgia". Cdsdraft.com. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  7. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/player/_/stat/defense/sort/sacks/qualified/false
  8. ^ http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/7858863/racing-boxing-highest-paying-sports-espn-magazine

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