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An N.F.L. staff indicators a quarterback who has by no means succeeded on the skilled stage. And followers in all places have a look at one another and say, “However what about …?”
This time, the staff is the Redskins, and the quarterback is Josh Johnson. Washington is in want of a passer, having gone by way of Alex Smith and Colt McCoy, each misplaced with damaged legs. That leaves the staff with Mark Sanchez, nonetheless greatest remembered for fumbling the ball after colliding with the rear finish of his teammate with the Jets in 2012. When signed earlier this 12 months he had not thrown a go since 2016.
Sanchez’s backup is now anticipated to be Johnson, whose N.F.L. drought is even longer. A fifth-round draft select of San Diego in 2008, he final threw a go within the league in 2011, for the Buccaneers, and since then has been bouncing across the benches and follow squads of a number of groups.
He even suited up for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the now defunct United Soccer League and was briefly on the roster of the San Diego Fleet, a part of the brand new Alliance of American Soccer set to start in 2019.
As a passer with Tampa Bay, he began 5 video games and was Zero-5. His profession numbers are 96-for-177 for 1,042 yards, 10 interceptions and 5 touchdowns. That’s an adjusted yards per go determine of three.9, which might rank him behind 47 of the 50 guys to begin a recreation this season. It’s nonetheless forward of Nathan Peterman, although.
It’s not just like the Redskins’ season is over. The New York Instances playoff simulator offers them a 31 p.c probability of constructing the playoffs out of the weak N.F.C. East. To succeed, they’ll must do it with Sanchez and Johnson at quarterback.
Maybe one clarification for the signing is that Johnson’s time on the Buccaneers overlapped with Redskins Coach Jay Gruden’s time there as an assistant. Johnson’s tenure on the bench in San Francisco in 2014 overlapped with that of a famous beginning quarterback …
Let’s transfer on.
Gruden was requested whether or not a sure obtainable veteran quarterback with a Tremendous Bowl look on his résumé had been thought of as an alternative. Sure, Gruden replied, however “we’ll most likely go a distinct course.” That course is Josh Johnson.
“If you’re speaking a couple of backup quarterback this late within the recreation, you need somebody with the same ability set to the quarterback you’ve got,” Gruden stated, apparently referring to Mark Sanchez’s not-especially-touted ability set.
It’s sort of like when the Payments signed Derek Anderson and later Matt Barkley this season.
“I do know Brandon is at all times all of the completely different choices which can be obtainable to us, so we’ll depart it at that,” Coach Sean McDermott stated after Barkley was signed, referring to common supervisor Brandon Beane.
Or when the Packers misplaced Aaron Rodgers final season. “I acquired three years invested in Brett Hundley,” Coach Mike McCarthy stated. “Two years invested in Joe Callahan. The quarterback room is strictly the place it must be.” (McCarthy was fired this week.)
Or when the 49ers opted for C.J. Beathard after which Nick Mullens to exchange the injured Jimmy Garoppolo.
“I made that call due to the fashion of offense we needed to go together with,” Coach Kyle Shanahan stated.
Cody Kessler, Jeff Driskel and Chase Daniel have began video games at quarterback this season. DeShone Kizer, Matt Cassel, Taysom Hill and Matt Schaub are employed.
And every time the query hangs within the air: However what about … ?
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Colin Kaepernick stays unsigned because the finish of the 2016 season.