The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made a modest yet notable addition to their team, signing wide receiver Cephus Johnson. Standing at 6 feet 5 inches and weighing 220 pounds, Johnson’s entry into the roster comes after showcasing his skills and versatility during his college football journey.
Johnson’s college career spanned two institutions: the University of South Alabama from 2018 to 2019 and Southeastern Louisiana University from 2020 to 2022. He primarily played as a quarterback over the course of 45 games. During this time, Johnson completed 236 out of 409 pass attempts, totaling 2,763 passing yards and securing 20 touchdowns. Beyond his passing abilities, he brought a multifaceted approach to the field.
What sets Johnson apart is his proficiency in rushing, which added an extra dimension to his game. Accumulating 274 carries, he amassed an impressive 1,461 rushing yards and scored 17 rushing touchdowns. Furthermore, he demonstrated his versatility by contributing as a receiver, making seven receptions for a total of 83 yards and two receiving touchdowns. This well-rounded performance showcased his value in various aspects of the game.
Johnson’s senior year in 2022 proved to be his standout season. Setting personal records across different categories, he displayed significant growth in his skill set. With 138 completions, he achieved a career-best 1,527 passing yards and completed 10 passing touchdowns. Beyond passing, his rushing game also flourished with 104 carries, resulting in an impressive 651 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns.
Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, Johnson took an unconventional route to the NFL. As an undrafted player, he joined the league as a college free agent with the Minnesota Vikings on May 1, 2023. This unique pathway highlights his determination to carve out a professional career in football, regardless of the challenges he faced.
In conjunction with Johnson’s signing, the Buccaneers made a corresponding move by waiving defensive back Duron Lowe.
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