When the XFL was gearing up towards its 2020 season we saw eight quarterbacks assigned to each of the franchises. One of those players was football journeyman Josh Johnson who was placed on the Los Angeles Wildcats.
This was shortly after he had tried out for the Detroit Lions, but the XFL pulled the trigger first. During the Lions 2019 season their star quarterback (at the time) Matthew Stafford sustained a season ending injury. This prompted the Lions organization to try and bring Johnson back in, only to be blocked by the XFL.
Despite the Wildcats finishing 2-3 in the 5-game shortened season season in 2020, Johnson performed admirably in 4 games (missing week 1 with an injury) by converting 60% of his passes, completing 81 out of 135 attempts for 1,076 yards for 11 touchdowns against only 2 interceptions for a QB rating of 106.3.
When the XFL was forced to shutter operations and ultimately file bankruptcy due to COVID, Josh Johnson was quick to be picked up. He spent some time with the San Francisco 49ers in 2020, but team decided to let him go over the summer.
Earlier this season, he spent some time with the New York Jets, even coming in to score three touchdowns during a matchup on Thursday Night Football. This wasn’t enough to secure the win for the Jets, but showed that Johnson has the skills to be ion the field.
Johnson now finds himself on a new team; the Baltimore Ravens. In fact, this is technically his second stint with the franchise. He was signed by the Ravens back in May of 2015, but ultimately didn’t make the funal cut and was let go before the season kicked off.
Looking to the present, the team announced that Lamar Jackson did not travel with the team on Saturday, which leaves Johnson as the only quarterback currently available to play against the Bengals as Tyler Huntley was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list on Saturday.
Johnson signed with the Ravens last week to give them a backup to Huntley as Jackson tried to work his way back from the ankle injury. There is no quarterback on the Baltimore practice squad with Chris Streveler going on the practice squad COVID reserve list this week, so it’s unclear who would be the next man up should something happen to Johnson on Sunday.
Josh Johnson has been an NFL journeyman for many years, and he has a shot to put another team under his belt.
This is why we love spring football, it gives these guys even more opportunities to showcase their skills. With the USFL coming in 2022 and the XFL returning in 2023; we’d love to see Johnson land a spot in one of these leagues.
In the meantime, we plan on watching Johnson tomorrow against the Bengals, to hopefully pull in a win for the Ravens.
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