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5 things to know about new Browns CB Kevin Johnson

The Browns on Saturday made it official with the signing of CB Kevin Johnson, a versatile veteran who can help the secondary in a variety of ways.

Here are five things to know about the newest addition to Cleveland's cornerbacks room.

1. The Browns are Johnson's third team in as many seasons. The former first-round pick out of Wake Forest spent his first four seasons with Texans, who used the No. 16 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on him. He appeared in 35 games over the four seasons with 18 starts. Ten of those starts came as a rookie, when Johnson posted career-bests in tackles (54), passes defensed (nine) and snagged his only interception. This past season with the Bills, Johnson appeared in all 16 games with one start.

2. Johnson was playing some of his best football early in the 2016 season before the first of a string of injuries kept him away from the field. A foot injury ended his 2016 season after just six games. A knee injury in 2017 limited him to 12 games and four starts. And in 2018, Johnson suffered a concussion Week 1 and never returned to the field. Last season in Buffalo, though, was Johnson's healthiest since his rookie year. He didn't miss a game. "I think I learned that I don't have any quit in me," told reporters in Buffalo last season. "I went through a lot of things, just adversity as far as dealing with injuries. Every time, I came back strong from it, got back to good form. Although I got hurt again after that, I still had my confidence that I had when I came into the NFL. I'm looking to build on that."

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3. Johnson has primarily played as an outside cornerback throughout his career but he also has experience playing in the slot. That's an area the Browns could use some help after the offseason departures of Eric Murray and T.J. Carrie. According to Pro Football Focus, Johnson played 105 of his 348 snaps in the slot.

4. Johnson was a three-year starter at Wake Forest. He finished his career with 35 pass break-ups, a total that ranked fourth-most in school history. Though he picked off just one pass during his entire college career, Johnson was well-regarded for his ability to play blanket coverage on the opposition, garnering second-team All-ACC recognition as a junior and senior. He allowed just 24 completions throughout his entire senior season.

5. Johnson starred as a both a running back and defensive back at River Hill High School in Clarksdale, Maryland. He was teammates with Michael Campanaro, who similarly attended Wake Forest and made it to the NFL. During his senior season of high school, Johnson led his entire county with 1,220 yards on just 137 carries -- better than an average of 9 yards per touch. Johnson did this all while weighing 155 pounds. When he was a freshman, he weighed just 96 pounds.

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