Signed by Seattle as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft.
CAREER: Extremely athletic playmaker who played a pivotal role at tight end for four seasons … Saw action in 50 career games with 15 starts … Made 35 catches for 357 yards and three touchdowns … Arrived in Starkville after a stellar prep career at Alabama high school powerhouse Hoover.
2018 SENIOR SEASON: Started all 13 games … Averaged 14.0 yards per catch and finished with 17 catches for 238 yards and a touchdown … Fourth-leading receiver on the team and first among tight ends … Collected more receiving yards in 2018 than during the previous three seasons combined … Had a reception of at least 30 yards in four different games – 34 yards vs. Stephen F. Austin (9/1), 32 yards at Kansas State (9/8), 37 yards vs. Louisiana Tech (11/3) and 34 yards vs. Arkansas (11/17) … Logged seven multi-catch games and caught a pass in 10 games … 59 receiving yards on three catches vs. Arkansas (11-17-18) was a career high … Also caught a touchdown pass against the Razorbacks.
2017 JUNIOR SEASON: Appeared in all 13 games as a reserve tight end … Finish the season with eight receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown … First catch of the season came at Louisiana Tech (9/9) for five yards … Caught a career-high three passes for nine yards at No. 13 Auburn (9/30) with a 5-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter … Made a four-yard catch in College Station vs. No. 24 Texas A&M (10/28) … Gained a season-high 12 yards with a lone catch vs. UMass (11/3) … Reeled in a seven-yard catch vs. No. 2 Alabama (11/11) … Also had a seven-yard catch vs. Ole Miss (11/23).
2016 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in all 13 games with two starts … Earned the first two starts of his career in victories against South Carolina and Ole Miss … Snagged a total of five passes for 34 yards … Caught two passes for 22 yards in the season-opener against South Alabama (9/3) … Had one catch for five yards at No. 1 Alabama (11/12) … Grabbed an eight yard pass in the St. Petersburg Bowl against Miami (Ohio) (12/26).
2015 TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 11 games as a reserve tight end … Did not play against Missouri and Ole Miss … Hauled in five passes for 41 yards with one touchdown … Scored a touchdown in his collegiate debut at Southern Miss (9/5), finishing with two catches for 17 yards … TD came on a 5-yard pass from Dak Prescott in the second quarter that gave the Bulldogs the lead for good … Had one catch for nine yards against No. 14 LSU (9/12) … Also had one catch for six yards against Troy (10/10) and one catch for nine yards against Kentucky (10/24) … Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-star wide out by ESPN, Scout, Rivals and 247Sports … Rated the 50th-best receiver according to Rivals.com … Ranked the No. 1 receiver in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports … An AlabamaVarsity.com Preseason First-Team All-State selection … Member of the 2014 Hoover squad that won the 7A state championship game under head coach Josh Niblett … Caught 22 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns as a senior despite battling through knee tendonitis … Racked up 617 receiving yards and six touchdowns as a junior … Caught three passes for 49 yards, including the game-winning touchdown, in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic at the end of his senior season … Committed to Mississippi State in July 2014.
PERSONAL: Born Justin Johnson on Nov. 8, 1996, in Birmingham, Ala. ... Son of Eric and Kenya Johnson … Has six siblings – Eric, Raelan, Daednan, Kennedi, Jordan and Evann … Majoring in criminology … Twitter handle is @_JustinJohnson1.
JOHNSON’S CAREER HIGHS: Receptions: 3, (twice) last vs. Arkansas (11-17-18)
Receiving Yards: 59, vs. Arkansas (11-17-18)
Receiving TD: 1, (three times) last vs. Arkansas (11-17-18)
Longest Reception: 37, vs. Louisiana Tech (11-3-18)