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C.J. Gardner-Johnson



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166 FPTS

RANK: 92





25 yrs


5'11'' / 210 lbs




Heading back to Philly

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-12

The Eagles are slated to sign Gardner-Johnson to a three-year deal worth up to $33 million, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Gardner-Johnson was part of the Eagles' Super Bowl team in 2022 before signing a one-year deal with the Lions last offseason. CJGJ ended up missing all but three games with a torn pec but was able to return for Week 18 and Detroit's playoff run. He's just 26 years old and should return to an every-down role in the Eagles' defensive backfield alongside Reed Blankenship.

Weekly Stats 2022

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Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

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Career Stats by Season: 2019 to 2022

2019 22 NO 16 7 115 181st5441135571%81400011
2020 23 NO 15 13 157 68th8581451557%131410000
2021 24 NO 12 11 115 206th6231432464%73420000
2022 25 PHI 12 12 166 92nd727661573%86210000

Productive when healthy in 2023

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-02-27

Gardner-Johnson recorded 17 tackles, three pass breakups and one interception over three games in 2023.

Gardner-Johnson signed a one-year deal to defend the slot in Detroit, but he ultimately was moved to safety to accommodate impressive rookie Brian Branch before missing 14 games due to a torn pectoral muscle. However, Gardner-Johnson was nonetheless productive when healthy, as the playmaker snagged a pick not only in his Week 18 return from injured reserve but also Detroit's divisional-round win over Tampa Bay in the playoffs. Now set to become an unrestricted free agent, Gardner-Johnson should be a desirable asset on the open market.

Collects game-sealing interception

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-07

Gardner-Johnson notched four tackles and one interception during Sunday's 30-20 win over the Vikings.

Making his first appearance since Week 2, Gardner-Johnson collected a few tackles throughout the game before watching the game-sealing interception fall into his lap on an overthrow by Nick Mullens. Looking like he'll be a boost to the Detroit secondary entering the playoffs, Gardner-Johnson will play a large role in slowing down Matthew Stafford and the Rams passing game during the NFC wild card round.

Taken off IR

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-06

The Lions activated Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) from injured reserve Saturday and he does not carry an injury designation ahead of Sunday's contest against the Vikings.

Gardner-Johnson is set to play for the first time since Week 2 when he tore his pectoral against the Seahawks. He should work into the Lions' safety rotation along with Kerby Joseph, Ifeatu Melifonwu and Tracy Walker.

Officially questionable for Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-05

Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Vikings.

Gardner-Johnson was a full participant at practice all week, so he's likely on the 'probable' end of the questionable designation. If he doesn't suit up in Week 18 though, it could mean an uptick in reps for Tracy Walker.

Looking good for Week 18

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-03

Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) was a full participant at practice Wednesday.

Gardner-Johnson has been sidelined for the last 14 weeks due to a pectoral injury he sustained in Week 2 versus the Seahawks, but it finally looks like he'll be available again in Week 18. Detroit can do no worse than the third seed and no better than the second seed in the NFC though, so it remains to be seen whether its starters will play much Sunday.

Won't suit up at Dallas

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-28

Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) is listed as out for Saturday's game at Dallas, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

He was able to practice in a limited capacity throughout the week, but Gardner-Johnson will ultimately sit out for his 14th straight game Saturday. In his stead, 2021 third-rounder Ifeatu Melifonwu is in line to make at least one more start at safety this season.

Won't play versus Minnesota

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-22

Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Per Colton Pouncy of The Athletic, head coach Dan Campbell noted Friday that he doesn't "see [Gardner-Johnson] going this week," but believes he's progressing well. Gardner-Johnson played the first two games of the season before being placed on injured reserve Sept. 19 with a torn pectoral. He could be back for Week 17 against the Cowboys.

Designated to return from IR

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-20

Detroit designated Gardner-Johnson (pectoral) to return from injured reserve Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

Gardner-Johnson suffered a torn pec against Seattle in Week 2 and landed on IR soon thereafter. He's been working toward a return since and was able to log a limited practice session Wednesday. Gardner-Johnson may not be ready to return Sunday against Minnesota, but his ability to get back on the practice field gives him a chance of suiting up again before the end of the regular season.

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