Malcolm Jamaine Johnson (born August 11, 1992) is an American football fullback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He has drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Mississippi State.
Johnson with the Cleveland Browns in 2015
|No. 46 – Green Bay Packers|
|Born:||August 11, 1992|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||231 lb (105 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2015 / Round: 6 / Pick: 195|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
He enrolled at Northridge High School in Tuscaloosa, where he was a standout basketball player in his sophomore (2007–2008) and junior (2008–2009) years. But his best sport was football, where he played both tight end and wide receiver. In his junior year season (2009), he caught 41 receptions (nine of them for touchdowns) for 492 yards (450 m). He nearly equalled this mark in the 2010 season, catching 39 receptions (eight for touchdowns) for 598 yards (547 m). He also added a ground attack, rushing for 137 yards (125 m) on 30 carries and passing three time (twice for completions).
Both Rivals.com and ESPN ranked him as a three-star prospect (out of four star). ESPN ranked him the 75th best high school wide receiver in the nation, and Rivals.com ranked him the 33rd best college recruit in the state of Alabama regardless of position. He participated in the Rivals.com football recruiting camps in Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia, and received Most Valuable Player honors at each camp. After graduating from high school, he committed to play at Mississippi State University in July 2009.
Beginning with his sophomore year, Johnson was a starter for Mississippi State at tight end. His role on the team was not a traditional one, as he often played the role of a wingback or slotback. He started in 11 of the team's 12 games that year, but did not catch a pass until the sixth game of the season. In his second game, he had a season-high 51 yards (47 m) receiving yards, and in his third caught a season-high three passes (including one for a touchdown). His career-best catch of 37 yards (34 m) came in the Music City Bowl on December 30. He finished the year with 11 receptions for 206 yards (188 m) (three for touchdowns), leading all Southeastern Conference (SEC) freshmen tight ends in both receptions and receiving yards, and tying for the most touchdowns, which led him to be named to the All-SEC Freshman Team.
Johnson suffered a torn pectoral muscle during pre-season practice in August 2012, which caused him to miss the first five games. He started in the last eight games of the season, and in his season debut game against the Tennessee Volunteers he made a one-handed touchdown reception on fourth-and-goal with nine seconds left to win the game.
In his senior year in the 2013 season, Johnson started the year with an undisclosed injury he received in training camp. By the time the season began, however, he had recovered and had an outstanding season—catching 30 receptions for 391 yards (358 m) (two for touchdowns), averaging about 17 yards (16 m) per catch. He had the third most receiving yards for Mississippi State that year, and was tied for second on the team with 19 receptions for first downs. He had a college-career longest reception of 60 yards (55 m) against the Kentucky Wildcats on October 24, his first touchdown reception of the year. He had a college career best game against the Alabama Crimson Tide on November 16, catching six receptions for 84 yards (77 m), including two of 20 yards (18 m) or more. He was named to the All-SEC second team for his efforts.
As a fifth-year senior in the 2014 season, Johnson was named team co-captain, and played in all 13 games (starting in 12 of them). Although he was only the team's fourth-leading receiver, he was the top tight end—catching 28 passes for 380 yards (350 m) (three for touchdowns). During the game against the Auburn Tigers on October 11, he caught five passes (more than any other teammember in a single game that year) for 60 yards (55 m). Defeating Auburn, then the second-ranked team in the nation, propelled Mississippi State to number one in the Associated Press coaches football poll. The team went from unranked to Number 1 in just five weeks, the fastest rise in the poll's history. Mississippi State played in the 2014 Orange Bowl, where Johnson caught three receptions for 36 yards (33 m). His efforts on the field won him a position on the All-SEC second team once more.
Sportswriter Joel A. Erickson, writing in The Birmingham News in September 2013, called Johnson's college career "somewhat spotty", noting that his best year for receptions was his freshman year. Amid worries that he might not be picked at all, Johnson was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was the first tight end from Mississippi State to be drafted since Donald Lee in 2003.
On May 11, 2015, Johnson signed a four-year contract with the Browns worth $2.39 million. He played in 12 regular season games as a fullback that fall, starting five, and had no rushing attempts but caught four passes for 15 yards. The following season, he played in seven games, starting one, had one run for two yards but fumbled, and caught five passes for 44 yards. Johnson was waived by the Browns on October 24, 2016.
On November 23, 2016, Johnson was signed to the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad. He was released on November 29, 2016. He was re-signed on December 20, 2016. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Seahawks on January 16, 2017.
On May 11, 2017, Johnson was waived/injured by the Seahawks and placed on injured reserve. He was waived from injured reserve on June 19, 2017.
The 2015 Cleveland Browns season was the franchise's 67th season as a professional sports franchise and its 63rd as a member of the National Football League. The team failed to improve upon their 7–9 record from the previous season. It was the second and final season under the head coach/general manager tandem of Mike Pettine and Ray Farmer as both were fired January 3, 2016 following a 3–13 season, tied for the worst record in the league with the Tennessee Titans. The team finished in 4th place in the AFC North for a fifth consecutive season. The Browns introduced new uniforms prior to the start of the season, along with updating its orange color to a darker hue.Malcolm Johnson
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Malcolm Johnson (fullback) (born 1992), American football full back and former tight end
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