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Josh Johnson QB

San Francisco 49ers

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June 2, 2021 01:24 AM
Josh Johnson: Let go by 49ers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson was released by the 49ers on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

The 35-year-old spent time on San Francisco's practice squad in 2020 and remained in the organization on a reserve/future contract. Johnson continues to bounce around the league and last saw game action during 2018 with Washington, when he completed 52 of 91 passes for 590 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions in four games.

January 15, 2021 11:08 PM
49ers' Josh Johnson: Staying in San Fran
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson signed a reserve/future contract with the 49ers on Friday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Johnson has spent time with 13 different NFL teams, and after joining the 49ers' practice squad in November of 2020, the 34-year-old will have another chance to serve as a backup.

December 31, 2020 03:32 PM
Josh Johnson: Restored to practice squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The 49ers restored Johnson (illness) to the practice squad from the COVID-19 list, Josh Dubow of the Associated Press reports.

Johnson will now be eligible to resume participating in team activities. Should the 49ers choose, he could join the active roster alongside C.J. Beathard and Josh Rosen against Seattle in Week 17.

December 23, 2020 12:08 PM
Josh Johnson: Positive test confirmed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (illness) is on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to a positive test, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Schefter notes that if Johnson had been available, the 49ers would have promoted him to the active roster after Nick Mullens (elbow) got hurt. Instead, the team opted to sign Josh Rosen from the Buccaneers' practice squad.

December 22, 2020 06:36 PM
Josh Johnson: In COVID-19 protocol
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson was placed on the practice squad COVID-19 list Tuesday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Johnson either tested positive for the virus or came into close contact with an infected person. His placement in the league's COVID-19 protocol is ill-timed for the 49ers, as they just ruled Nick Mullens (elbow) out for the season, leaving C.J. Beathard as the starting quarterback to close out the campaign. In turn, the 49ers signed Josh Rosen off the Cardinals' practice squad to serve as the backup moving forward.

November 6, 2020 07:40 PM
Josh Johnson: Gets new opportunity
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The 49ers signed Johnson to the practice squad Friday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Johnson is expected to join the team at practice next week as long as he passes the COVID-19 protocols. The 34-year-old has spent time with 13 different NFL teams, but he only played games with five of those franchises, recording a 55.2 completion percentage and 6.1 yards per attempt over 33 games. Johnson played for the LA Wildcats of the XFL last spring, and he performed well with a 106.3 passer rating. He'll serve as the No. 3 quarterback in San Francisco because Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) is out long term.

November 22, 2019 01:16 PM
Josh Johnson: Heads to XFL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 17, 2019 12:28 PM
Josh Johnson: Let go by Lions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 31, 2019 06:24 PM
Lions' Josh Johnson: Wins backup job in Detroit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 29, 2019 11:08 PM
Lions' Josh Johnson: Two touchdowns in preseason finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 10, 2019 07:16 PM
Lions' Josh Johnson: Signs contract with Lions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 29, 2019 07:16 PM
Josh Johnson: Leaves Baltimore without deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (ankle) was offered a contract by the Ravens on Monday but did not sign with the team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Johnson reportedly did not accept the Ravens' offer due to the likelihood that Robert Griffin (thumb) will be healthy for Week 1. The veteran appears to be searching for a backup job rather than a depth role.

July 29, 2019 08:56 AM
Josh Johnson: Works out for Baltimore
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (ankle) is working out for the Ravens, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

With Robert Griffin's hairline fracture to his right thumb putting his status for the start of the regular season in jeopardy, the Ravens are searching for another backup option at quarterback. Johnson made three starts for the Redskins last season, putting together some pretty underwhelming performances. Johnson is, however, a mobile quarterback, and could end up being a good fit behind Lamar Jackson in Baltimore given the offensive scheme the team is expected to run this season.

March 15, 2019 10:00 AM
Josh Johnson: Undergoes ankle surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson underwent surgery on his ankle, Tom Krasovic of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Johnson had been playing with the San Diego Fleet of the AAF but didn't get any game action before his injury. He isn't expected to return to the AAF this season, but he could get a shot with an NFL team after he recovers from surgery.

February 5, 2019 06:20 PM
Redskins' Josh Johnson: Could stay in Washington
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Redskins have expressed interest in re-signing Johnson,'s John Keim reports.

Johnson likely would be brought back for the No. 3 quarterback job, though it isn't clear who would be ahead of him besides Colt McCoy (leg). The mobile 32-year-old created some buzz with his strong garbage-time performance against the Giants in Week 15, followed by a solid effort in Jacksonville the following week to keep Washington in the playoff hunt. Johnson predictably imploded along with the rest of the Redskins offense over the final two games of the season, but he at least did enough to warrant consideration for a 53-man roster spot in 2019. With Alex Smith (leg) uncertain to ever play again, the Redskins have an interesting dilemma at the QB position this offseason.

December 30, 2018 09:32 PM
Redskins' Josh Johnson: Pedestrian in season-ending start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson completed 12 of 27 passes for 91 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Redskins' 24-0 loss to the Eagles on Sunday. He also rushed three times for four yards and had a fumble that was recovered by the offense.

Johnson finished off his late-season starting stint with a whimper, posting his worst completion percentage and yardage total over that span. The 32-year-old had generated serviceable numbers in his first three games seeing extended action, but an aggressive Eagles defense that was out to do its part to ensure a playoff berth got the best of him throughout the afternoon. In fairness, Johnson was also working with a significantly short-handed pass-catching corps that was missing Jordan Reed (IR-foot), Maurice Harris (IR-concussion) and Vernon Davis (concussion). Johnson reportedly plans to continue his professional career with the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football this coming February, which will presumably give him a platform to make a case for an NFL return in some capacity in 2019.

December 23, 2018 03:20 PM
Redskins' Josh Johnson: Getting Week 17 start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Jay Gruden said Johnson would serve as the Redskins' starting quarterback Week 17 against the Eagles, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

Johnson has turned in a respectable 7.8 yards per attempt while adding 116 yards on the ground during three outings (two starts) with Washington, but ball security (three interceptions and a fumble) has been an issue. The 32-year-old tossed two of those picks in Saturday's 25-16 loss to the Titans, dropping the Redskins to 7-8 on the season. While Johnson will get a shot at redemption in the regular-season finale, Gruden noted that the injured Colt McCoy (lower leg) could receive the nod if Washington should qualify for the postseason. That seems like a pipe dream, however, and the team could be eliminated before Week 17 even kicks off depending on how Sunday's slate of games plays out.

December 22, 2018 09:28 PM
Redskins' Josh Johnson: Falters in defeat
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson completed 13 of 23 pass attempts for 153 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday's 25-16 loss to the Titans. He added 22 rushing yards on four carries.

Johnson struggled against the Titans' pass defense, posting his worst passing and rushing performance since taking over starting duties Week 14. The 32-year-old has never been known for his arm, so his value really bottoms out when he is unable to generate big numbers on the ground, as was the case Saturday. While the Redskins are all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, Johnson could still earn another start against the Eagles in Week 17 with the team having no younger prospects to trot out under center.

December 20, 2018 03:12 PM
Redskins' Josh Johnson: Picking up another start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson will remain the Redskins' starting quarterback for Saturday's game against the Titans, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports.

With Colt McCoy (lower leg) still not practicing and having been ruled out for Week 16, Johnson will draw a second straight start. It marks the first time since 2009 that the journeyman signal-caller will have started consecutive games. Over his two appearances this season, Johnson has elevated the limited talent around him, completing 65.9 percent of his throws for a respectable 8.4 yards per attempt while chipping in 94 more yards on 16 carries. If Johnson can guide the Redskins to another win Saturday to keep their playoff hopes alive, coach Jay Gruden would likely have a tough time justifying handing the job back to McCoy in Week 17 against the Eagles if he's available.

December 17, 2018 08:56 AM
Redskins' Josh Johnson: Ekes out low-scoring win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson completed 16 of 25 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown while adding 49 yards on nine carries in Sunday's 16-13 win over the Jaguars.

Johnson was quiet for most of the afternoon, but he found tight end Jeremy Sprinkle for a game-tying, six-yard touchdown with 5:47 remaining. After Jaguars quarterback Cody Kessler threw an interception on the ensuing possession, Johnson got his team in position to win on a 36-yard Dustin Hopkins field goal as time expired. While Johnson's upside as a passer is limited, his ability to keep the defense honest with his running ability and limit turnovers should earn him the Week 16 start Saturday in Tennessee.

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