Charles Johnson (wide receiver, born 1989)

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Charles Johnson
Charles Johnson 2014 Browns training camp.jpg
Charles Johnson at 2014 Browns training camp.
No. 12 Minnesota Vikings
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-02-27) February 27, 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth: Elsmere, Kentucky
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Erlanger (KY) Lloyd Memorial
College: Grand Valley State
NFL draft: 2013 / Round: 7 / Pick: 216
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Receptions: 31
Receiving yards: 475
Receiving TDs: 2
Stats at

Charles David Johnson (born February 27, 1989)[1] is an American football wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Grand Valley State. He has also played for the Cleveland Browns.

Early years[edit]

Johnson attended Lloyd Memorial High School in Elsmere, Kentucky, where he was a three-sport star in football, basketball and track. He played as a wide receiver for the Lloyd Memorial Juggernauts football team. He earned All-state and All-conference honors as a junior and senior. As a junior, he hauled in 26 catches for 600 yards and six touchdowns. In his senior year, he caught 38 passes for 567 yards and five touchdowns.

Also a standout in track & field, Johnson lettered all four years competing in sprints and jumps. At the 2007 KHSAA 2A State T&F Meet, he took fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.05 seconds, while also placing third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.13 seconds.[2] In 2010, he captured a regional title in the pole vault with a height of 3.53 meters (11 feet, 6 inches).[3]

College career[edit]

Prior to attending GVSU, Johnson spent one year at Eastern Kentucky University, where he appeared in 11 games and caught three passes for 63 yards. He also attended Antelope Valley Community College District for one year, where he caught 24 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns.

In 2010, Johnson was red-shirted and did not play. As a junior in 2011, he caught 56 passes for 1,030 yards and 15 touchdowns, breaking the 100-yard receiving mark in five games. He was named a first-team All-GLIAC GVSU Offensive Skill Player of the Year and GVSU Offensive Skill Player of the Year. In his senior year, he caught 72 passes for 1,199 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

Johnson was not invited to perform at the 2013 NFL Combine. He performed well at the GVSU's "pro day", as he would have placed among the top performers at the combine in the 40-yard dash (4.39 seconds), vertical jump (3912 inches) and broad jump (11 ft 1 in). Before his pro day, he had guaranteed that he'd run a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash.[4]

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 215 lb 4.39 s 1.53 s 2.51 s 4.31 s 7.04 s 3912 in 11 ft 1 in 14 reps
All values from GVSU'S Pro Day[5]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Johnson was selected with the 216th overall pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 2013 NFL Draft.[6]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

The Cleveland Browns signed Johnson off the Packers practice squad on October 12, 2013.[7]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

The Minnesota Vikings signed Johnson off the Browns' practice squad on September 20, 2014.[8]Johnson was the Vikings third leading receiver in 2014 with 31 catches, 475 yards and 2 touchdowns in eleven games and was named and emerged as a starting receiver for the team replacing Cordarrelle Patterson, drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft – 187 selections before Johnson was.

Johnson is currently on a three year contract that ends in 2017. His average salary is $510,000.[9]


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