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Minnesota Signs Zeandae Johnson

May 5, 2021
Zeandae Johnson has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings the club announced Wednesday.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Defensive end Zeandae Johnson has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings the team announced Wednesday.

Johnson is the first player from Cal's 2020 team to officially have been added to an NFL roster as a undrafted free agent after cornerback Camryn Bynum was selected in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings as the 125th pick overall on Saturday.

Offensive lineman Jake Curhan will also reportedly be joining the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent but the club has yet to make an official announcement.

Extensive coverage of all former Cal football players selected in the 2021 NFL Draft and those that sign undrafted free agent contracts following the draft will be provided via the Cal Athletics social media outlets listed below and online at Undrafted free agent signings will not be publicized by Cal Athletics prior to an official announcement from the NFL team.

Below are notes on Johnson with an extended bio available by clicking on his name.
Zeandae Johnson, DL, 6-4, 290, Fresno, CA (Central HS)
Cal – 2015-20; Undergraduate Degrees – American studies and Legal Studies (December 2020)
– Played in 41 career games and started 18 contests during six seasons at Cal from 2015-20
– Posted career totals of 59 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss (-40 yards), 5.5 sacks (-32 yards), one forced fumble, nine quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and two passes defended
– Granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA in 2020 due to a medical hardship that caused him to miss both the entire 2015 and 2017 campaigns due to injury
– Had career highs of 29 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss (-26 yards), 3.5 sacks (-25 yards), two pass breakups, two passes defended, one forced fumble and five quarterback hurries while playing in a career-high-tying all 13 games for the second consecutive campaign as a junior in a season that culminated with a Defensive Player of the Game performance in a Redbox Bowl victory over Illinois
– Started all four games in a 2020 senior season shortened by COVID-19 and contributed eight tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) and one quarterback hurry

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