The Redskins have lost two QBs to broken legs in less than a month. When QB1 Alex Smith broke his tibia and fibula, Josh Johnson was one of 5 QBs who reportedly worked out to backup Colt McCoy. Mark Sanchez won the backup job and is now the starter after McCoy broke his fibula last night. Now Johnson is the next man up and is the Redskins newest backup QB.
Jay Gruden said today that he was looking for a QB who was familiar with his system. Johnson definitely knows Grudens system. He was a 5th round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Jon Gruden's last year as head coach, and Jay Gruden's last year as an offensive assistant. Gruden coached him in his last season as Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator in 2013.
Despite working out FA QBs Landry Jones and Ryan Mallett today, the #Redskins actually hope to sign QB Josh Johnson, I’m told. There are some things to work out. He’s also the first pick of the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 4, 2018
Bill Polian said on @SiriusXMNFL that Josh Johnson is clear to join the @Redskins after being released from his @TheAAF contract an hour ago. Polian said Johnson looked sharp in a recent workout he saw. Josh was set 2 play for the @AAFFleet with the league set to begin play Feb 9— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) December 5, 2018
Yes, the Redskins are signing Josh Johnson. Experience with Gruden in Tampa in 2008 and Cincinnati in 2013.— John Keim (@john_keim) December 5, 2018
The last time Josh Johnson started an NFL game was week 13 of the 2011 season. That week, if you’re wondering, Rex Grossman started for the Redskins in a losing effort against the Jets and, yup, Mark Sanchez.— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) December 5, 2018