Trumaine Johnson (cornerback)

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Trumaine Johnson
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Johnson in 2013
No. 22 Los Angeles Rams
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-01-01) January 1, 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth: Stockton, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Stockton (CA) Edison
College: Montana
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 65
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Total tackles: 263
Pass deflections: 53
Interceptions: 16
Forced fumbles: 1
Defensive touchdowns: 2
Player stats at

Trumaine Monte Johnson[1] (born January 1, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Montana. He was considered one of the best cornerback prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft.[2]

A native of Stockton, California, Johnson attended Edison High School, where he was an unranked wide receiver prospect.[3]

College career[edit]

In 2011, Johnson played college football for Montana, where he started 13-of-14 games, recording 54-12-2 with a forced fumble, six tackles for loss, and a sack. The previous season he was ninth on the team in tackles with 44 stops. He was second at UM with four interceptions, and returned two of those picks for touchdowns. In 2009, he had team-highs of five interceptions and 12 pass deflections in 11 games (he missed four contests due to injury). He would be ranked first (tie) in the league in pass deflections (1.09 pg) and second in interceptions (0.45 pg). He was fourth on the team with 31 solo tackles, and was the team's fourth leading returning tackler with 54 stops. He was a First-team All-Big Sky pick. In 2008, he was a rare starter at corner as a true freshman. He was a Big Sky honorable mention selection. He tied for the team lead with four interceptions and tied for sixth in the Big Sky with .36 picks a game. He started in the first 11 games, but suffered an injury against Idaho State and missed UM's last five games.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2 in 204 lb 4.50 s 1.62 s 2.62 s 4.15 s 7.20 s 35½ in 10 ft 2 in 19 reps x
All values from NFL Combine Pro Day[4]

Johnson was selected in the third round (65th overall) by the Rams in the 2012 NFL Draft.[5]

In Week 4 of the 2012 season, Johnson recorded his first career interception, picking off quarterback Russell Wilson.[6] In Week 16, He recorded three pass-breakups and his second interception of his career against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, picking off Josh Freeman.[7]

With the injuries and poor play of Cortland Finnegan, Johnson earned his first significant starting duty in 2013, playing in all 16 games, starting 12. In the 2013 season opener, Johnson broke up two passes and logged his third pick of his career, grabbing Carson Palmer's pass and returning it 29 yards to the 4-yard line.[8] In Week 10, he intercepted Andrew Luck and defended three passes in a 38-8 blowout win against the Indianapolis Colts.[9] In Week 15, Johnson picked off Drew Brees and recorded six tackles in a win over the New Orleans Saints, marking his fifth interception of his career.[10] He finished with 68 tackles, 3 interceptions, and a forced fumble.

Slated as the starting corner opposite Janoris Jenkins, Johnson suffered disappointment in 2014, when in the Rams third preseason game versus the Cleveland Browns, he injured his knee and was carried off the field on a cart.[11] The next day he was declared out for 6 weeks.[12] In Week 11, three weeks since coming back from injury, Johnson picked off Peyton Manning late in the fourth quarter to seal the win against the Denver Broncos.[13] In Week 13, Johnson recorded his first career multi-interception game, picking off Derek Carr twice and returning his second pick 43 yards to the end zone for a touchdown, his first career pick-six in a 52-0 shutout against the Oakland Raiders.[14] He finished the season with 36 tackles, three interceptions, six passes defended, and a touchdown. Despite playing only nine games, he led the Rams in interceptions.

Once again the starting corner opposite Jenkins, the 2015 season was his breakout year, leading the team in interceptions. In the season opener, Johnson picked off Russell Wilson and returned it 15 yards against the Seattle Seahawks.[15] In Week 5, he picked off Aaron Rodgers and returned it 29 yards to the Packers' 33-yard line against the Green Bay Packers.[16] In Week 9, Johnson intercepted Teddy Bridgewater in the end zone for a touchback in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings.[17] In Week 11, Johnson intercepted Joe Flacco and returned it 25 yards against the Baltimore Ravens.[18] After this play, he suffered a thigh injury and would miss the next two weeks.[19] Coming back from his injury, Johnson went on a tear, recording a interception in three straight games, picking off Russell Wilson for the third time in his career against the Seahawks in Week 16, Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions in Week 14, and Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 15.[20][21][22] He finished the 2015 season recording 71 tackles and a career-high seven interceptions. The last time a Rams' player recorded at least seven interceptions in a single season was Oshiomogho Atogwe in 2007.

On March 1, 2016, the Rams placed the franchise tag of around $14 million on Johnson.[23] In Week 4, he picked off Carson Palmer and recorded a season-high six pass breakups in the 17-13 win against the Arizona Cardinals.[24] He started 14 games in 2016, totaling 57 tackles, 11 passes defensed and one interception.

On March 1, 2017, the Rams placed the franchise tag on Johnson for the second consecutive year.[25]

NFL stats[edit]

2012 STL 16 31 29 2 0.0 0 0 0 2 4 2 4 0 8
2013 STL 16 68 58 10 0.0 1 0 0 3 36 12 29 0 11
2014 STL 9 36 33 3 0.0 0 0 0 3 69 23 43 1 6
2015 STL 14 71 58 13 0.0 0 1 0 7 136 19 58 1 17
2016 LA 14 57 47 10 0.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 11
Career 69 263 225 38 0.0 1 2 0 16 245 15 53 2 58


Personal life[edit]

In December 2011, Johnson pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct charges relating to an incident in October of that year.[27] On March 22, 2013, Johnson was arrested for drunk driving in Missoula.[28] In May 2013, he pleaded guilty to reckless driving and received a one-year suspended sentence.[29]


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