QB Johnson Signs With Lions, His 13th Team

Josh Johnson with Giants. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Veteran quarterback Josh Johnson is no stranger to new teams. Since being drafted in the 5th round by the Tamba Bay Buccaneers in 2008, he has bounced around 13 different NFL teams and even played for a few different leagues outside the NFL.

Johnson is expected to compete for the backup QB job for the Detroit Lions after Tom Savage suffered an injury in the first quarter of their loss against New England. Despite being around the league for over a decade, he has been primarily a backup and only picked up his first win as a starter last season with the Washington Redskins.

The 33-year-old Johnson has played in 33 career NFL games throwing for 1,632 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. With QB Mathew Stafford as the cornerstone of the Lions offense, Johnson is expected to continue his role as a backup. He has familiarity with quarterback coach Sean Ryan from their time in Houston which will help him acclimate to the new team and may get him more snaps.