Dontae Johnson

Colts Audition Jalen Collins, Dontae Johnson

Free agent cornerback Jalen Collins was reinstated by the NFL earlier today after serving a 10-game suspension, and he’s already landed an audition. Collins worked out for the Colts on Wednesday, tweets Field Yates of ESPN.com. Indianapolis also looked at fellow defensive back Dontae Johnson, per Howard Balzer (Twitter link).

Collins has already faced multiple league-imposed bans during his brief NFL career, and his most recent 10-game suspension was actually his second of that length. While Collins’ previous bans were reportedly due to performance-enhancing drug use, it’s unclear what caused his latest suspension. However, as Matt Miller of Bleacher Report notes (via Twitter), Colts general manager Chris Ballard has never been afraid to target players with off-field issues.

Still only 25 years old, Collins flashed potential in parts of two seasons with the Falcons (2015-16). A former second-round pick, Collins started eight games for the Falcons and played in 24. He also started all three of Atlanta’s games in the 2016 playoffs, including Super Bowl LI.

Johnson, 26, spent four seasons (including one as a starter) with the 49ers before latching on with the Bills earlier this year. He played in only one game with Buffalo before being cut, but he’s hit the workout circuit since, auditioning for the Lions, Browns, and Dolphins.

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NFL Workout Updates: 11/13/18

Here’s the latest from the workout circuit. All links go to NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account, unless otherwise noted.

Arizona Cardinals

Detroit Lions

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

Tennessee Titans

NFL Workout Updates: 11/6/18

Today’s workout updates, with all links going to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account unless otherwise noted:

Arizona Cardinals

Cleveland Browns

Denver Broncos

  • LB Christian Kuntz

Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

Oakland Raiders

  • T Roubbens Joseph (Twitter link via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle)

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

NFL Workout Updates: 11/5/18

Here’s the latest from the workout circuit. All links go to Sirius XM Radio’s Adam Caplan Twitter account, unless otherwise noted.

Cleveland Browns

Cincinnati Bengals

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Oakland Raiders

Philadelphia Eagles

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/30/18

Here are Tuesday’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

New York Giants

Oakland Raiders

Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

Bills Sign CB Dontae Johnson

The Bills have signed cornerback Dontae Johnson, according to a press release. To make room, they’ve released defensive end Nate Orchard

After spending the first four seasons of his career with the 49ers, Johnson joined the Seahawks and was projected to start. An offseason injury derailed those plans, however, and he was freed from his contract in late September. Johnson probably won’t get an opportunity to match his 2017 career-highs in tackles (77) and passes defended (seven), but he should see some playing time in Buffalo as the Bills deal with injuries in the secondary.

Orchard, a darling of this year’s “Hard Knocks” while with the Browns, possesses great speed but has yet to put it all together at the pro level. After roughly three weeks in Buffalo, Orchard will look to hook on elsewhere and realize his potential.

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NFL Workout Updates: 10/1/18

Today’s tryouts:

Buffalo Bills

Cincinnati Bengals

Chicago Bears

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

 

Seahawks To Release Dontae Johnson

The Seahawks will release cornerback Dontae Johnson from injured reserve today, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets. Johnson was slated to start for Seattle, but a minor injury landed him on IR just prior to the season opener.

Johnson is now healthy, Pelissero hears, so he should be ready to join any club in need of cornerback help right away. Johnson started in all 16 games for the 49ers last year, so there should be a fair amount of interest in his services.

In 2017, Johnson finished with career-highs in tackles (77) and passes defended (seven). Pro Football Focus wasn’t all that fond of his performance, however, ranking him 118th among 121 eligible cornerbacks.

Johnson was expected to start at outside cornerback alongside Shaquill Griffin and slot specialist Justin Coleman, but the Seahawks have used Tre Flowers in his stead.

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Seahawks To Place CB Dontae Johnson On IR

The day before their season opener, the Seahawks have lost a key defensive back. NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero reports (via Twitter) that the team will place cornerback Dontae Johnson on the injured reserve. The team will promote cornerback Akeem King from the practice squad to take the open roster spot.

Johnson was added to the injury report earlier this week. The injury was initially described as a hip issue, but coach Pete Carroll later described it as a groin strain. The organization wasn’t treating the injury like it was all that serious, although the cornerback was considered doubtful for tomorrow’s game in Denver.

After spending the first four seasons of his career with the 49ers, Johnson joined the Seahawks this offseason. The 26-year-old started all 16 games last season, finishing with career-highs in tackles (77) and passes defended (seven). Pro Football Focus wasn’t all that fond of his performance, ranking him 118th among 121 eligible cornerbacks.

Johnson was expected to start at cornerback alongside Shaquill Griffin and Justin Coleman. The team will likely turn to either veteran Neiko Thorpe or rookie Tre Flowers to fill in, although King could end up getting a look. The 2015 seventh-round joined the Seahawks organization last season, and he caught on with the team’s practice squad following this year’s preseason.

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