Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson
33-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Johnson was sitting on the couch when the Lions came calling after backup quarterback Tom Savage went down in the preseason with a concussion. Given Savage's history of head injuries, it's possible he could be sidelined for a while. Johnson could thus enter the season as the No. 2 option behind Matthew Stafford, though the job battle between him and David Fales for said gig could come down to the final week of exhibition play. Read Past Outlooks
$Released by the Lions in September of 2019.
Heads to XFL
QBFree Agent
November 22, 2019
Johnson signed a contract with the XFL's Los Angeles Wildcats on Friday, Kevin Seifert of reports.
Johnson appeared in four games for the Redskins last season (three starts), completing 57 percent of his passes for 590 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. He also played for the Buccaneers, Browns and Bengals in his NFL career. A stipulation in Johnson's contract bars him from participating in the NFL for the duration of the season in order to attend next month's XFL minicamp.
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Measurables Review
How do Josh Johnson's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 3"
219 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.65 sec
Shuttle Time
4.25 sec
Cone Drill
6.99 sec
Vertical Jump
35.0 in
Broad Jump
114 in
Bench Press
16 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Johnson will compete with and likely lose to Geno Smith for the Giants backup quarterback job. It's unlikely the team will carry three QBs on its roster.
Johnson is in jeopardy of not making it past the roster cuts in 2014. The team has already stated that Blaine Gabbert will serve as the primary backup for Colin Kaepernick, and Johnson is the only remaining quarterback who is not practice squad eligible.
Johnson is expected to serve as Andy Dalton's backup in 2013.
Johnson, who is a very athletic player player at the No.2 QB position, could see a few snaps in the Wildcat or some trick plays in 2011. Don't expect much more than this unless Josh Freeman were to get hurt at some point.
Johnson is entrenched as the Buccaneers' No.2 QB and therefore will not have much fantasy value in 2010 barring an injury to starter Josh Freeman. He is still a bit raw, as evidenced by his 2009 numbers in the four starts he received as he only completed 50.4% of his passes for 685 yards, four touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He is however a great athlete, as evidenced by his 148 yards rushing on 6.7 yards per carry and has therefore been discussed by the team for use in the Wildcat.
Along with the signing of QB Byron Leftwich, the drafting of QB Josh Freeman in the first round of the NFL draft does not bode well for second-year QB Johnson being a member of the Buccaneers in 2009. Johnson will most likely have to have a strong training camp just so he can hook on with another team.
The Bucs drafted Johnson in the fifth round out of Division I-AA San Diego, where he was very effective as both a runner and a passer. This year will be a learning experience for him; hopefully, he'll see nothing but clipboard duty and get his feet wet for 2009.
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Let go by Lions
QBFree Agent
September 17, 2019
The Lions released Johnson on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Wins backup job in Detroit
QBDetroit Lions
August 31, 2019
Johnson survived roster cuts and will be the Lions' backup quarterback in 2019, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
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Two touchdowns in preseason finale
QBDetroit Lions
August 29, 2019
Johnson completed nine of 15 passes for 157 yards and one touchdown during Thursday's preseason game against the Browns. He added four carries for 17 yards and one rushing touchdown.
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Signs contract with Lions
QBDetroit Lions
August 10, 2019
Johnson signed a contract with the Lions on Saturday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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Leaves Baltimore without deal
QBFree Agent
July 29, 2019
Johnson (ankle) was offered a contract by the Ravens on Monday but did not sign with the team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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