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Getty On November 4, 2021, former New York Jets quarterback Josh Johnson escapes a pass rusher.
In recent seasons, the New York Jets have had their fair share of quarterbacks. In fact, four different quarterbacks for the team threw for over 250 yards passing in 2021, tying an NFL record.
Zach Wilson, Mike White, Joe Flacco, and Josh Johnson were the players in question. Two have decided to return in free agency to back up the BYU product, while the fourth just signed with the Denver Broncos to fight for the backup quarterback role behind nine-time Pro Bowler Russell Wilson.
Josh Johnson has agreed to join the Denver Broncos, making him the 14th NFL team with which he has signed a deal.
He’s now represented almost half of the league’s teams. https://t.co/wqyGjNuEdx
March 18, 2022 — Field Yates (@FieldYates)
That, of course, is the 35-year-old veteran, who, according to ESPN NFL insider Field Yates, has reached agreements with 14 NFL teams over his career.
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Insightful flashes in 2021 earn Johnson a chance.
Johnson is the quintessential journeyman quarterback, having signed with practically every team in the league at one point or another, including short spells in the United Football League, Alliance of American Football, and XFL.
Johnson addressed Broncos fans with a passionate, “What does Mile High have to do with it???” to add to the list.
What does Mile High have to do with it???
March 18, 2022 — Josh Johnson (@Head8cke)
If you’re wondering why Denver is bringing in such an experienced veteran to battle for a roster position, there are two reasons.
Johnson was the first to get it last season. When he first joined Gang Green, no one expected him to have much left in the tank, but after a 317-yard passing performance (three touchdowns) against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football, the wily gunslinger was able to parlay his spectacular outing into a late-season job with the Baltimore Ravens.
With Lamar Jackson out indefinitely, Johnson took over as Tyler Huntley’s backup and ultimately started one game in Week 16. Even though the Ravens lost 41-21 against their division foe Bengals, Johnson threw for another 304 yards and two touchdowns.
Second, Denver is undergoing a major organizational transformation. The Broncos arranged a stunning deal for ex-Seahawks Super Bowl champion quarterback Nathaniel Hackett after appointing a new head coach in Nathaniel Hackett.
As part of the trade to acquire Russell Wilson, Drew Lock was shipped to Seattle. As a result of Teddy Bridgewater’s signing with Miami, there was a need for some depth at the quarterback position.
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With a Familiar Face, an Open Competition
Johson was expected to battle for the backup job as the scenario unfolded on Friday, March 18.
“Broncos sign QB Josh Johnson to a one-year contract, per his agent Doug Hendrickson,” Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reported. He’ll go head-to-head with Brett Rypien for the No. 2 quarterback spot. Johnson made two comebacks last year after missing two NFL seasons, passing for 334 yards and three touchdowns in a game for the Jets and 304 yards and two touchdowns in a game for the Ravens.”
According to Josh Johnson’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, the Broncos have signed him to a one-year contract. He’ll go head-to-head with Brett Rypien for the No. 2 quarterback spot. Johnson made two comebacks last year after missing two NFL seasons, passing for 334 yards and three touchdowns in a game for the Jets and 304 yards and two touchdowns in a game for the Ravens. #9sports
March 18, 2022 — Mike Klis (@mikeklis)
“Both Rypien and Johnson have arguments to become the backup quarterback,” Heavy on Broncos’ Jakob Ashlin said. Rypien, at the age of 25, has further potential. Johnson, on the other hand, has more experience and is a more established player.”
In the worst-case scenario, Denver selects the youngster or replaces both players in the draft. You may recall Rypien, a Boise State product, defeating NYJ in his first professional start in 2020. That night, the undrafted prospect threw four interceptions and one fumble.
If Rypien falters in camp, Johnson is a much safer backup quarterback option.
In New York, the veteran was a consummate professional, and Jets fans will undoubtedly be pulling for him as he continues his illustrious football career. Mile High is the next station.
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