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Patriots release DB Leonard Johnson

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have released DB Leonard Johnson.

Johnson, 25, was signed by New England to the 53-man roster on Dec. 9, 2015 after being released from Tampa Bay's injured reserve list on Dec. 3, 2015. The 5-foot-10, 202-pounder, appeared in four regular-season games with three starts for the Patriots in 2015 and registered seven tackles and three passes defensed. Johnson was active, but did not play in either postseason contest.

Johnson originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Tampa Bay out of Iowa State in 2012. He has played in 52 NFL games with 20 starts and has registered 146 total tackles, five interceptions for 128 yards with two touchdowns, 23 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and nine special teams tackles. 

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