NFL: Las Vegas Raiders sign German fullback Jakob Johnson

Former New England Patriots fullback Jakob Johnson is reportedly the latest player to join former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in Las Vegas, as the German import becomes a Raider. Johnson and the Raiders agreed to a one year deal worth $1,500,000.

Johnson spent the past three years with the New England Patriots (2019-21) after joining the club as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program, having spent time with the Stuttgart Scorpions of the German Football League in 2018. Over his NFL career, Johnson has appeared in 37 games with 20 starts, recording 13 receptions for 83 yards with one touchdown.

In 2021, the 6-foot-3, 255-pound fullback played in all 17 games with six starts, totaling four receptions for 43 yards. Johnson’s blocking helped pave the way for 124.4 rushing yards per game, which ranked eighth in the NFL.

The bruising fullback was honored this past season for playing over 1,000 snaps in the NFL. He is only the second international player pathway product to reach that milestone.

A native of Stuttgart, Germany, Johnson played four seasons at Tennessee (2014-17). Beginning his collegiate career as a linebacker before transitioning to tight end as a sophomore, Johnson appeared in 47 games, recording three receptions for 23 yards, 24 tackles on defense and two kickoff returns for 25 yards.

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