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Giants sign LB Tony Johnson; 5 things you need to know


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants have exchanged rookie linebackers on their roster, adding Tony Johnson and waiving Ryan Jones.

Photos of the Giants 2015 official roster

Johnson, 6-2 and 255 pounds, played two seasons at Louisiana Tech after transferring from Southwest Mississippi Community College. He played 24 games for the Bulldogs and was credited with 92 tackles (52 solo), 2.5 sacks, seven tackles for losses, an interception and a fumble recovery.

As a senior in 2014, Johnson played in 12 games and finished third on the team with 69 tackles (42 solo) and 2.5 sacks. He split his time the previous season between linebacker and fullback and recorded 23 tackles (10 solo) and an interception.

Johnson played at Sulligent High School in his native Alabama.    

Jones, who played at Montana Tech, was signed by the Giants on April 15.

By Dan Salomone

Meet the new faces on the Giants 2015 roster

The New York Giants have signed linebacker Tony Johnson to the roster. Here are five things to know about the newest member of Big Blue:

1. Johnson (6-2, 255 pounds) comes to the Giants after playing collegiately at Louisiana Tech, where he recorded 69 tackles (42 solo), 7.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, three passes defensed and two forced fumbles as a senior Bulldog in 2014.


40-Yard Dash: 4.81 seconds
Bench Press: 17 reps at 225 lbs.
Vertical Jump: 32 inches
Broad Jump: 9 feet, 7 inches
20-Yard Dash: 2.79 seconds
10-Yard Dash: 1.69 seconds
3-Cone Drill: 7.56 seconds

3. In 2013, Johnson played in all 12 games with two starts while splitting time between linebacker and fullback as he made 23 total tackles (10 solo, 13 assisted) and one interception. He registered six tackles against Army in the Heart of Dallas Classic at the Cotton Bowl.

4. Johnson transferred to Louisiana Tech after playing 2011 and 2012 at Southwest Mississippi Community College, where he led the team with 38 total tackles in six games played in 2012. In 2011, he had 80 tackles in nine games.

5. A native of Sulligent, Ala., Johnson graduated from Sulligent High School, where he recorded 164 tackles his senior season (2010) with 113 solo stops and 51 assisted tackles. He also registered three tackles for a loss, two sacks for a loss of nine yards, three interceptions returned for 44 yards, four fumble recoveries for 36 yards, forced two fumbles, blocked two field goals and was credited with a pass deflection.

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