PRO (82-33/4-4): Signed a one-year contract with the Steelers on May 17, 2016…signed a two-year contract with the Chargers as an unrestricted free agent (from Pittsburgh) on March 12, 2014…placed on the Steelers’ Reserve/Injured List due to a wrist injury on October 15, 2013…re-signed a one-year contract with the Steelers on March 13, 2013…Waived/Injured by the Steelers due to a knee injury on August 13, 2012…signed his one-year restricted free agent tender on April 12, 2012…originally drafted by the Steelers in the seventh round (241st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
2015 (15-3) (SD): Played in 16 games with four starts, serving primarily as a blocker.
2014 (14-3) (SD): Saw action in 14 games with three starts, serving primarily as a blocker.
2013 (5-2) (PIT): Saw action in five games with two starts…recorded a career-long reception of 32 yards (9/22 vs. Chicago)…suffered a season-ending wrist injury 10/13 at N.Y. Jets, and he was placed on the Steelers’ Reserve/Injured List on October 15.
2012 (0-0) (PIT): Suffered a season-ending knee injury during the first quarter of the first preseason game (8/9 at Philadelphia)…Waived/Injured by the Steelers on August 13, and he spent the 2012 season on the Steelers’ Reserve/Injured List.
2011 (16-16/1-1) (PIT): Started all 16 contests during the regular season for the first time in his career…set single-season career highs in receptions (12), receiving yards (91) and receiving touchdowns (1, 10/9 vs. Tennessee)…also started the lone postseason contest.
2010 (16-5/3-3) (PIT): Played in all 16 games for the first time in his career, with five starts during the regular season…helped block for RB Rashard Mendenhall to gain a career-high 1,273 yards rushing with 13 rushing touchdowns during the regular season…started all three postseason games, paving the way for Steelers’ rushers to average 121.0 yards per game.
2009 (15-3): Played in 15 games with three starts as a rookie…recorded his first career reception 10/25 vs. Minnesota.
COLLEGE: Lettered all four seasons at Arkansas State (2005-08), where he played in 48 games…totaled 45 receptions for 760 yards with nine receiving touchdowns…earned Phil Steele’s Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2007 and 2008…graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy.
PERSONAL: Attended Pine Bluff High School (Pine Bluff, Ark.)...was a two-year letterman, and he was twice named all-conference...caught 20 passes with two receiving touchdowns as a senior, despite being used primarily as a blocker, as he earned all-state honors…also played baseball…son of Lois and David Johnson.
Photos of the Steelers tight ends during the 2013 season.
A Regular Season game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears on Sunday September 22nd 2013 at Heinz Field. The Bears defeated the Steelers 40-23.
Bob Labriola, Mike Prisuta and Missi Matthews take a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers tight ends heading into free agency.
Steelers.com updates the Pittsburgh Steelers' recent free agency moves including signing Pittsburgh native Bruce Gradkowski. The Seton La Salle graduate spoke to Steelers.com after signing with his hometown team.