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Veteran DB Kevin Johnson Aims to Be Best Version of Himself With the Titans


NASHVILLE – Kevin Johnson is working on being the best version of himself – on and off the field.

The Titans, and Johnson, hope there will be a big payoff in Nashville.

"(I've learned) a lot of lessons over the course of my career," Johnson said during a video conference call on Wednesday. "You learn from all the lessons that you go through in life. I still think very highly of myself as a player, and I am looking to prove that this season."

The Titans signed Johnson, a versatile defensive back, last week.

A first-round pick (16th overall) of the Houston Texans in the 2015 NFL Draft, Johnson will compete for a spot in a new-look secondary in 2021. He's played with the Texans (2015-19), Bills (2019) and Browns (2020) during the course of his NFL career.

His plan to fit in in Nashville is clear-cut.

"Just going out there and earning respect from the players, your coaches, and just coming out there and playing ball," Johnson said. "Because at the end of the day that is what we're here to do. I want to play my best ball and earn the respect of my coaches and teammates and everybody with the organization.

"(The plan is to) come out there and play ball, making plays to the best of my ability, being consistent, staying durable, staying healthy, and just being an impact player for the team. I'm looking forward to the opportunity."

In his six-year NFL career, Johnson has played in 65 games, with 25 starts. He has recorded 188 tackles with an interception and 22 passes defensed, along with a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Johnson (6-0, 185) worked primarily in the slot last season while playing in 13 games, with six starts, for the Browns. He recorded 34 tackles with three passes defense, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a half-sack.

Johnson said he's not sure where he's going to play with the Titans.

But he knows how he's going to play.

"I just think I am an all-around corner," he said. "I think I can cover, I can play inside, I can play outside, man-to-man coverage, zone coverage. I like to play physical. Basically I try to do it all, try to be an impact player, that's my style."

Johnson, who played under Mike Vrabel and Anthony Midget during his time with the Texans, said the familiarity with the coaches and the AFC South helped him make his decision to sign with Tennessee. Johnson totaled 128 tackles, 14 passes defensed and an interception in four seasons in Houston.

Johnson said he's looking forward to meeting his new teammates, including Janoris "Jackrabbit" Jenkins, who also signed a deal with the Titans last week.

Earlier this month, the Titans released cornerbacks Malcolm Butler and Adoree' Jackson to pave the way for the newcomers.

"Janoris Jenkins is a guy I have been watching a lot throughout my career," he said. "He is a very accomplished cornerback in this league, someone I am looking forward to getting to work with. I am excited to get to work and meet my new teammates. I am looking forward to helping the team the best way I can."

In the meantime, he's working on his game – and himself – while training in Scottsdale, Arizona.

He got off of social media recently.

"I am looking to cleanse my mind and I want to live more in the moment in my everyday life and focus on myself and what is important to me," Johnson said. "I am just looking to be the best man and person I can be in everyday life."

See the Best Photos from CB Kevin Johnson's six-year NFL Career with the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, and Houston Texans. (AP Images)

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