Johnson signed a contract with the XFL's Los Angeles Wildcats on Friday, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com 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.
The Lions released Johnson on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Johnson initially won the backup job in Detroit behind Matthew Stafford after surviving the annual roster cuts Aug. 31, but it appears the club wants to go in a different direction. The Lions promoted David Blough to backup and signed Jeff Driskel for depth. Johnson hasn't appeared in more than four games in a season since seeing the field in nine contests for Tampa Bay in 2011.
Johnson survived roster cuts and will be the Lions' backup quarterback in 2019, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports. Johnson was battling with Tom Savage for the No. 2 quarterback slot behind Matt Stafford. Johnson was out of the NFL for four years before joining the Redskins last year and seeing a couple spot starts. He provides the Lions with a veteran option should Stafford miss any time with injury.
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. With David Fales out of the picture, Johnson split playing time with Tom Savage, who completed five of nine passes for 33 yards. While Johnson was considerably more productive Thursday, a healthy Savage was considered a shoo-in for the No. 2 role earlier this preseason and it's not certain the Lions will carry three quarterbacks on the active roster.
Johnson signed a contract with the Lions on Saturday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. It seems as if Tom Savage's potential concussion during Thursday's preseason opener may be worse than the Lions initially let on, as the team immediately set out to acquire a veteran backup for starter Matthew Stafford. Johnson underwent ankle surgery back in March but has been fully cleared to practice and should be healthy competition for Savage or David Fales as the trio competes for the No. 2 spot on the quarterback depth chart.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||@Green Bay Packers||3||14.33|
|4||10/04||New Orleans Saints||20||20.18|
|14||12/13||Green Bay Packers||3||14.33|
|16||12/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||22.13|
|3 Year Avg||56.7||197||1||1||40||0||17|