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Derrick Johnson

32-Year-Old Linebacker – Kansas City Chiefs

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2015 Defensive Projections






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Johnson used to be a regular atop the linebacker IDP rankings, but an Achilles' tendon tear Week 1 last year has his future in question. Kansas City could limit his snaps early in the season to monito...

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2015 ADP:  150.29

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  9

HT: 6' 3"   WT: 242   DOB: 11/22/1982  College: Texas  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract


Derrick Johnson Contract Information:

Agreed to a five-year contract extension worth more than $34 million ($15 million guaranteed) with the Chiefs in November 2010.

June 11, 2015  –  Derrick Johnson News

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Johnson (knee) appeared to be a full participant in Thursday's practice, the Kansas City Star reports.

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Derrick Johnson NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2008 25 14 - 84 - 1.5 - 1 0 - 0 - - - -
2009 26 15 - 32 - 1 - 3 2 - 0 - - - -
2010 27 KC 16 122 96 26 1 15 1 1 4 1 0 0 0 0
2011 28 KC 16 131 104 27 2 9 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
2012 29 KC 16 124 109 15 2 4 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
2013 30 KC 15 107 95 12 4.5 7 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
2014 31 KC 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

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#1 Inside Linebacker
  1. Derrick Johnson
  2. Jo Jo Dickson
  3. Ramik Wilson
Kansas City Chiefs

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Defensive Snaps in 2014

Derrick Johnson was on the field for 30 of his team's snaps on defense in 2014.


Special Teams Snaps in 2014

Derrick Johnson was on the field for 1 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2014.

Year Def ST
2012 964 81
2013 1009 57
2014 30 1
Derrick Johnson 2014 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 Ten 30 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 @Den
3 @Mia
4 NE
5 @SF
6 @SD
7 StL
9 @Buf
10 Sea
11 @Oak
12 Den
13 @Ari
14 Oak
15 @Pit
16 SD

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Derrick Johnson
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Height:   6' 3"
Weight:   242 lbs
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Derrick Johnson: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Johnson (knee) returned to practice Tuesday but didn't take part in team drills, Adam Teicher of reports.

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Johnson missed practice both Tuesday and Wednesday due to knee inflammation, the Kansas Ciy Star reports.

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Johnson (Achilles) indicated Monday that he has no limitations heading into offseason workouts, Adam Teicher of ESPN reports.

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Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt hinted that Johnson (Achilles) will be back with the team in 2015, the Kansas City Star reports.

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Johnson (achilles) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, the Kansas City Star reports.

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Johnson is confirmed to have suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during Sunday's regular season opener against the Titans.

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Johnson is now expected to miss the remainder of this season. With three career Pro Bowl appearances and 484 total tackles over the past four seasons, Johnson is among the league's best linebackers and his absence represents a huge blow to the Chiefs' defense. Furthermore, with Joe Mays (elbow) out, Kansas City's starting inside linebackers currently project to be Josh Mauga and James-Michael Johnson, a pair of unproven players that could cause the Chiefs to explore free agency for alternatives.
Johnson is believed to have suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Sunday's regular season opener, potentially ruling him out for the year, reports.

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Johnson suffered an Achilles injury during Sunday's regular season opener against the Titans and will not return, ESPN reports.

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Johnson logged his fourth-straight season with triple-digit tackles in 2013, which was also his fourth in a row with at least 95 solo tackles despite sitting out one game as a healthy scratch for pre-playoff rest. He's one of the most firmly entrenched IDP factors at linebacker as a result, and he does a good job of supplementing his tackle totals by sprinkling in sacks, interceptions and forced fumbles from year-to-year. Although he tends to provide each category in bursts rather than all at the same time, Johnson has 9.5 sacks, five interceptions and eight forced fumbles over the last four years. He should see his tackle total increase in 2014, as the Chiefs are very thin at inside linebacker and there aren't many real threats to steal tackles. Potential fellow ILB starters Joe Mays, Nico Johnson and James-Michael Johnson combined for 91 stops last year.


Johnson was inactive in coverage for some reason last year, failing to intercept a pass while breaking up just four, but he did make it past the 120-tackle mark for the third time in a row. He'll reprise his role as Kansas City's top inside linebacker in the team's 3-4 alignment in 2013, so another season in that lofty tackle range is a safe expectation. Johnson also has some sneaky upside one could miss if simply looking at last year's totals, however, because he typically makes a far bigger impact in coverage – Johnson had 24 passes defended between 2010 and 2011 while intercepting six passes (returning three for touchdowns) from 2009 to 2011.


If your league rewards points for pass deflections, Johnson is probably worth ranking higher. Johnson is as dangerous in coverage as any linebacker, intercepting a pass in five straight seasons, including six the last three years, three of which he took to the house. He also knocked down 30 passes the last three seasons. With a drastic improvement in tackle production the last two years (252 tackles, 199 solo in his last 32 games), Johnson's ascent to IDP dominance is no fluke. Although Johnson is the primary interior concern of opposing offenses, the presence of outside pass rushers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston prevents offenses from fully singling out Johnson, which ensures he has room to roam to ballcarriers. Johnson also has a good group of space-eaters up front in Glenn Dorsey, Dontari Poe and Tyson Jackson, a trio that adds up to 938 pounds. The only reason to expect maybe a slight decline in Johnson’s numbers in 2012 is the arrival of Peyton Manning – the Chiefs will see far fewer rushing attempts against the Broncos twice a year now that John Fox won’t need to hide the ball from Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow.


After a game-breaking career at Texas, Johnson was a mostly disappointing player in his first five NFL seasons, failing to record 100 tackles in any season. The light went on in a big way last year, though, as Johnson not only easily established a career high with 121 tackles (95 solo) but continued to show the rare coverage ability that made him such an intriguing player coming out of college. He finished the year with one only interception (which he returned for a touchdown), but Johnson’s eye-popping 16 passes defended indicate that he’ll get his mitts on more than one pick in 2011.


Is this the year? Johnson has been tantalizing fantasy players for five seasons with his impressive blend of size and speed, but he's never managed to turn his physical tools into reliable production. He landed in the coaching staff's doghouse early last year and never made it all the way out, with his playing time limited primarily to passing downs. He has the potential to be very good (just cue up some highlights of his two-interception, two-touchdown effort in Week 17), but hasn't proven capable of putting everything together. He's one of the most difficult players to project heading into 2010 until we know whether he'll be a starter.


Seemingly every offseason there are media reports that Johnson is primed for a "breakout season," but his much-anticipated rise to linebacker dominance has yet to be realized. Now in his fifth season, Johnson is moving to inside linebacker, and has again proclaimed that this year will be the year he truly makes his mark. There are reasons to believe he's right; he'll play inside alongside Zach Thomas, which should lead to more tackle opportunities than he had under Kansas City's previous scheme. The Chiefs' expected struggles should also ensure that the defense sees plenty of time on the field. Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast's system turned Karlos Dansby into a 119-tackle player last season, and Johnson could see a similar rise in statistics in 2009.


Johnson had a quality outing in 2007 posting 93 tackles and four sacks with two INTs. Coming into 2008, the Chiefs have added Demorrio Williams to the linebacker unit and Johnson could be in danger of losing some playing time. His tackle totals will never reach astronomical heights due to the presence of Napoleon Harris and Donnie Edwards, but Johnson should have decent IDP value when on the field.


Johnson enters his third season as one of the league’s best young linebackers, posting 75 tackles and 4.5 sacks last year despite missing four starts with an ankle injury. With a full slate of games, Johnson should approach 100 total tackles, although the presence of Donnie Edwards and Napoleon Harris will limit what could be a higher tackle number. Ultimately, this prevents him from being a top-shelf IDP option.


Impact second-year pro should build on his 2005 totals of 95 tackles and two sacks. Look for Johnson to be very active under coach Herm Edwards.


Johnson, the Chiefs' 2005 first-round pick, has a great chance to step right in and start at left outside linebacker. Fresh off winning the Butkus Award for the nation's best linebacker during his senior year at Texas, the talented Johnson has all the tools necessary to be a great player in the NFL. His speed, athleticism, and knack for finding the ball should help him contribute to the team right away. Don't be surprised if Johnson makes a fantasy impact as a rookie.