The Jets have signed veteran quarterback Josh Johnson.
Jets signed veteran QB Josh Johnson, per his agent @DHendrickson41.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 4, 2021
He had reportedly worked out for the team last week along with Sean Mannion.
Johnson is the ultimate journeyman. He has played in four different professional leagues for sixteen teams. You might remember he had a brief stint with the Jets in 2015 preseason after Geno Smith was sidelined with a broken jaw. The Jets were short on quarterbacks at that point and didn’t want to expose Ryan Fitzpatrick to extensive work so they briefly brought in Johnson and Matt Flynn to close out the preseason.
It isn’t clear where Johnson projects on the current team. The depth behind Zach Wilson is uninspiring with only Mike White and James Morgan. On paper there is a lack of experience and a lack of quality. Johnson would add experience, although probably won’t do much to help on the quality front. He entered the NFL in 2008 and has a grand total of one career win as a starting quarterback. Across 268 NFL passing attempts he has put up a 55.4% completion percentage, a dismal 6.1 yard average per attempt, and an underwater 8-14 TD-INT ratio.
Johnson played in college at the University of San Diego while Jim Harbaugh was their head coach.