Johnson signed a one-year contract with the Broncos on Friday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. The 35-year-old continues his tour around the league, as the Broncos are the 14th team he's signed a contract with since being drafted in 2008, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Johnson appeared in four games between the Jets and Ravens last year and completed 57 of 85 passes for 638 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing nine times for 28 yards. He's in line to serve as the primary backup to Russell Wilson in 2022.
Johnson should return to a backup role Sunday against the Rams after Tyler Huntley (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. Johnson was relatively effective as a spot starter in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, as he completed 28 of 40 passes for 304 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while rushing twice for 10 yards. However, Lamar Jackson (ankle) has returned to practice in a limited capacity this week, and Huntley will likely be in line to fill in as the starter against Los Angeles if Jackson isn't deemed ready to return.
Johnson completed 28 of 40 pass attempts for 304 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against Cincinnati on Sunday. He also rushed five times for 10 yards and committed two fumbles, recovering both. The Ravens were blown out 41-21 and Johnson couldn't do much as a runner, but this is still a fairly impressive showing for a player who only joined the team Dec. 15. Given the short notice, brief practice time and general dysfunction around the Ravens, no one could have blamed Johnson if he had played much more poorly than this. It's not clear what the Week 17 situation might be for Lamar Jackson (ankle) or Tyler Huntley (illness) as the Ravens prepare to face the Rams.
Johnson will start Sunday's game against the Bengals, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official site reports. With Tyler Huntley officially on the reserve/COVID-19 list and Lamar Jackson (ankle) not traveling with the team to Cincinnati, Johnson is now set to start Sunday's game, with Kenji Bahar slated to back him up. While Johnson is not a high-percentage fantasy lineup option in Week 16, he does offer an alternative for those in two-QB formats or who are otherwise scrambling at this stage for a QB for any reason.
With Tyler Huntley reportedly headed to the reserve/COVID-19 list, per Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, Johnson is a candidate to start Sunday's game against the Bengals. In that context, Johnson is Ravens' healthiest available QB in advance of the game, with Lamar Jackson (ankle) listed as questionable after not practicing all week. Prior to Saturday's news, the expectation had been that Huntley was the team's likely Week 16 starter, but the assignment may now go to Johnson if Jackson isn't able to handle it.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||San Francisco 49ers||13||18.80|
|4||10/02||@Las Vegas Raiders||22||19.78|
|6||10/17||@Los Angeles Chargers||17||19.18|
|7||10/23||New York Jets||28||20.65|
|11||11/20||Las Vegas Raiders||22||19.78|
|14||12/11||Kansas City Chiefs||31||22.70|
|16||12/25||@Los Angeles Rams||3||15.76|
|17||01/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||22.70|
|18||01/08||Los Angeles Chargers||17||19.18|
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|3 Year Avg||67.9||213||2||1||9||0||18|