Johnathan Abram
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Abram in 2023
No. 24 – New Orleans Saints
Position:Safety
Personal information
Born: (1996-10-25) October 25, 1996 (age 27)
Columbia, Mississippi, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:East Marion
(Columbia, Mississippi)
College:
NFL draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:293
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:2
Pass deflections:15
Interceptions:4
Player stats at PFR

Johnathan Jauquez Abram (born October 25, 1996) is an American football safety for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Mississippi State and Georgia and went to high school at East Marion High School where he played high school football for the East Marion Eagles.

College career

A 2-star recruit, Abram committed to Georgia on November 1, 2014.[1] Following his freshman season at Georgia, Abram announced that he would be transferring out.[2] After transferring to Jones College, Abram received a scholarship from the University of Georgia again, four months after leaving.[3] On December 16, 2016, Abram announced that he would be playing football at Mississippi State for his final 2 years of college eligibility. He also took snaps at linebacker in high school, so, they considered whether they should move him and take snaps there instead, at Mississippi State.[4] Following his senior year at Mississippi State where he led the team with 93 tackles, Abram was named to the first-team All-Southeastern Conference by the media and to the second-team by the coaches.[5] Abram was also invited to the 2019 Senior Bowl under San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.[6]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 11+38 in
(1.81 m)
205 lb
(93 kg)
31+38 in
(0.80 m)
9+58 in
(0.24 m)
4.45 s 1.48 s 2.60 s 33.5 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7][8]

Oakland / Las Vegas Raiders

2019

Abram with the Raiders in 2019.

The Oakland Raiders selected Abram in the first round (27th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[9] Abram was selected with the first-round pick acquired from the Dallas Cowboys in the October 2018 Amari Cooper trade.

Abram made his NFL debut in week 1 against the Denver Broncos. In the game, Abram made 5 tackles in the 24–16 win.[10] After the game, it was reported that Abram tore his rotator cuff and labrum and would be out for the remainder of the season.[11] He was placed on injured reserve on September 13, 2019.[12]

2020

Abram made his return from injury in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers. During the game, Abram recorded a team high 13 tackles in the 34–30 win.[13] In Week 3 against the New England Patriots, Abram recorded his first career interception off a pass thrown by Cam Newton during the 36–20 loss.[14] In 2020, the USATODAY referred to "Abram's lack of coverage skills and awareness is starting to become too difficult to ignore."[15]

2021

Abram entered the 2021 season as the Raiders starting strong safety. He was placed on injured reserve on December 25, 2021, after undergoing shoulder surgery.[16] He finished the season with a career-high 116 tackles, which was second on the team, and one interception through 14 starts.

2022

On April 29, 2022, the Raiders announced that they would not pick up the fifth-year option on Abram's contract, making him a free agent in the 2023 offseason.[17] Abram was waived by the Raiders on November 8, 2022.[18]

Green Bay Packers

On November 10, 2022, the Green Bay Packers claimed Abram off waivers.[19] The Packers waived Abram on November 29.[20]

Seattle Seahawks

Abram was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks on November 30, 2022.[21] The Seahawks did not re-sign him after the end of the 2022 season.[22]

New Orleans Saints

On March 22, 2023, Abram signed with the New Orleans Saints.[23] He was waived during final roster cuts on August 29, and re-signed to the practice squad.[24][25] Abram was signed to the active roster on November 30.[26] In Week 17 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Abram tallied one interception (against Baker Mayfield), one forced fumble, one pass deflection, and five tackles.[27]

On March 20, 2024, Abram re–signed with the Saints.[28]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck PD Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2019 OAK 1 1 5 1 4 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020 LV 13 13 86 60 26 0.0 6 2 29 14.5 24 0 0 1
2021 LV 14 14 116 64 52 0.0 4 1 6 6.0 6 0 0 1
2022 LV 8 6 48 35 13 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GB 2 0 2 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SEA 5 2 10 6 4 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023 NO 9 3 26 14 12 0.0 1 1 0 0.0 0 0 1 0
Career 52 39 293 181 112 0.0 15 4 35 11.6 24 0 1 2
Source: pro-football-referencecom

Postseason

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck PD Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2022 SEA 1 0 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 1 0 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source: pro-football-referencecom

References

  1. ^ Kelley, Kevin (November 1, 2014). "2-Star DB Johnathan Abram commits to UGA". sicemdogs.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  2. ^ Butt, Jason (January 11, 2016). "Freshman safety Johnathan Abram to transfer out of Georgia". The Macon Telegraph. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  3. ^ Greenberg, Evan (April 14, 2016). "Georgia offers scholarship to former defensive back Johnathan Abram". redandblack.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  4. ^ Astleford, Andrew (December 16, 2016). "Former Georgia S Jonathan Abram commits to Mississippi State". dawgnation.com. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  5. ^ Horka, Tyler (December 4, 2018). "Simmons, Sweat selected by coaches to ALL-SEC First Team; Calhoun, Abram on second team". Clarion Ledger. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  6. ^ Lee Chan, Jennifer (January 16, 2019). "2019 Senior Bowl: Full South roster that 49ers' staff will coach revealed". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "Johnathan Abram Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  8. ^ "2019 NFL Draft Scout Johnathan Abram College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved January 6, 2024.
  9. ^ Bair, Scott (April 25, 2019). "Raiders take Abram with No. 27 pick acquired in Cooper deal". NBC Sports. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "Raiders beat Broncos 24–16 in 1st game after Brown's release". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 9, 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  11. ^ Smith, Michael David (September 11, 2019). "Raiders confirm Johnathan Abram out for season". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  12. ^ "Raiders sign Juston Burris; place Johnathan Abram on IR". Raiders.com. September 13, 2019. Archived from the original on September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  13. ^ "Las Vegas Raiders at Carolina Panthers – September 13th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  14. ^ "Las Vegas Raiders at New England Patriots – September 27th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  15. ^ Mosher, Marcus (November 24, 2020). "The Raiders have a Johnathan Abram problem that needs to be solved". USA Today. Retrieved November 8, 2022.
  16. ^ "Raiders' Johnathan Abram: Goes on injured reserve". CBSSports.com. December 25, 2021. Retrieved September 28, 2023.
  17. ^ Gordon, Grant (April 29, 2022). "Raiders decline fifth-year options for DE Clelin Ferrell, RB Josh Jacobs, DB Johnathan Abram". National Football League. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
  18. ^ Gutierrez, Paul (November 8, 2022). "Raiders waive former 1st-rounder Johnathan Abram". ESPN. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  19. ^ "Packers claim S Johnathan Abram off waivers from Raiders". packers.com. November 10, 2022. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  20. ^ "Packers sign S Innis Gaines to active roster". packers.com. November 29, 2022. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  21. ^ Simmons, Myles (November 30, 2022). "Seahawks claim Johnathan Abram off waivers". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  22. ^ Sigler, John (June 5, 2023). "Meet the Team: Who is Saints DB Johnathan Abram, and what's expected of him in 2023?". Saints Wire. USA Today. Retrieved August 7, 2023.
  23. ^ "New Orleans Saints agree to terms with safety Johnathan Abram". NewOrleansSaints.com. March 22, 2023. Retrieved September 28, 2023.
  24. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves". NewOrleansSaints.com. August 29, 2023. Retrieved September 28, 2023.
  25. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce practice squad additions". NewOrleansSaints.com. August 30, 2023. Retrieved September 28, 2023.
  26. ^ Sigler, John. "Saints promote practice squad safety Johnathan Abram to their 53-man roster". Saints Wire. Retrieved November 30, 2023.
  27. ^ "Why was Johnathan Abram, not Jordan Howden, starting at safety for Saints?". saintswire.usatoday.com. Retrieved January 4, 2024.
  28. ^ "Saints bring back safety Johnathan Abram, an important keep for 2024". saintswire.usatoday.com. Retrieved March 20, 2024.