Redskins to sign Josh Johnson to serve as QB Mark Sanchez’s backup

first_imgJohnson, who besides the Bucs and Bengals has spent time with the Browns, 49ers, Colts, Bills, Giants and Texans, was the first player selected last week in the Alliance of American Football’s inaugural quarterback draft.However, AAF co-founder Bill Polian told SiriusXM NFL Radio that Johnson was released Tuesday from his league contract so that he could sign with the Redskins.The Redskins host the Giants (4-8) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. The Redskins, who say they briefly considered Colin Kaepernick and are hopeful Colt McCoy (broken fibula) can return this season, will turn to Josh Johnson to serve as fellow journeyman Mark Sanchez’s backup at quarterback, according to multiple reports.The Washington Post reported the team worked out two quarterbacks Tuesday, the day after McCoy was injured in his second start after Alex Smith suffered a broken leg that ended his season. The Redskins will opt, instead, to go back to Johnson, who worked out for the team at the time it signed Sanchez to serve as McCoy’s backup. Still, his experience with Gruden factored into the decision.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“Most of the time when you get down to third quarterbacks, you’re going to struggle quite a bit anyway,” Gruden said. “So, let’s get a veteran in here and teach him and that’s kind of what we chose to do.” So now the Redskins, who at 6-6 are a game back of the first-place Cowboys in the NFC East, will start a quarterback, in Sanchez, who last week saw his first NFL regular-season action since 2016 and have a backup who hasn’t thrown a pass in a regular-season game since 2011.Johnson, 32, was a fifth-round pick by the Buccaneers in 2008 — Redskins coach Jay Gruden’s final year there as an assistant — and was winless in five starts over three seasons, throwing for 1,042 yards and five touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Related News Redskins sub Mark Sanchez on first NFL action since 2016: ‘It’s like the first day of high school’last_img

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