Its easy to look at the quick glance info and make a common decision;
Some guy (YOU probably never heard of) NFL teams gave up on years ago, playing football for a league you’ve never heard of, with only a couple weeks work to start against the Jags D even if they not the same Jags D of recent years, but still? Easy guaranteed Pick6, a few fumbles, many sacks, fumbles, INTs… oh my?!?…
you may want to dig a little deeper.
Josh Johnson is a guy that NFL teams finally gave up on after it became obvious he would never be a starting NFL QB. No matter how talented, every QB, even Backups are a QB needy teams dream of diamond in the rough: either 1) team that drafted him is so bad they didn’t know how to develop him or 2)no way this backup QB would ever take the starting job’s for team he is on nowise time to let him go… (Start QB too good) 3)our coaching staff had him when he was at college so we have a connection 4) he ran the exact offense we are not running 5) million other excuses coaches tell themselves why they have a better chance to develop a backup over teams that couldnt.
Josh Johnson is no slouch, JJ was taken by Jon Gruden’s Bucs the last year of Grudens contract. He was the kind of QB Gruden liked, EXTREMELY ACCURATE, Super High TD to INT ratio, and can run the ball.
Sadly, none of that translated to starting QB gigs. Early on he started Bucs games before Josh Freeman became ready, then moved over for Freeman when management was ready to give the franchise to NO.5. After his first contract was done, (and before Freeman self destructed his career) Johnson was off to the 49ers. The next thing you know J.J. is doing the Journeyman Dance around the NFL one year at a time.
Was J.J. good enough to be a starting NFL QB? Probably not unless he was lucky enough to be put in the perfect system.
Remember, this is early 21st century, before the current explosion of passing offense, J.J. was a 65-70% completion percentage thrower.
70% accuracy, extremely mobile, not just tossing the ball to dump offs, his Senior Season he threw 43 touchdowns, to 1 interception!!! Add on 726yard rushing. This is NOT a washed up ‘has been’, he still has numbers like this.
He’s simply at that stage in a QB career where its obvious he will never be a starter in the NFL so why bother, and at 32 the age became a factor a few years ago.
any rust came out last week…
JJ is NOT going to make a JAG dst player rich, but he COULD make a GPP JJ holder a little happy. It won’t surprise me at all.
Tossing Ints, fumbling snaps, Nathan Peterman-esque play….. that would shock me, and I WILL put my money (the little I have) where my mouth is this week.
Celebrating my 40th season following the NFL