QB Johnson indicators with Lions, his 13th NFL staff

The Detroit Lions have signed veteran quarterback Josh Johnson to compete for the backup quarterback job behind Matthew Stafford.

That is the newest cease for the 33-year-old, who began three video games for the Washington Redskins final 12 months, finishing 52 of 91 passes for 590 yards, Three touchdowns and four interceptions.


A fifth-round decide by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers within the 2008 draft, he has bounced round from staff to staff and league to league all through his professional soccer profession.

The Lions mark the 13th NFL staff for Johnson, who additionally performed for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Soccer League and was anticipated to play for the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Soccer League earlier than Washington signed him final 12 months.


He has performed in 33 profession NFL video games — beginning eight — and has accomplished 148 of 268 passes for 1,632 yards, eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions. His most important motion got here early in his profession in Tampa Bay, when he appeared in 26 video games with 5 begins — the Bucs did not win any of the video games he began.

Johnson picked up his first NFL win as a starter final season for Washington.

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Detroit wanted to signal Johnson after Tom Savage suffered an undisclosed harm within the first quarter of Thursday evening’s 31-Three loss to New England. Savage had been in line to grow to be Stafford’s backup quarterback, however together with his harm and it being unclear how lengthy he’ll be out, the Lions wanted so as to add one other quarterback to the roster apart from Stafford and David Fales.

Johnson has familiarity with Lions quarterback coach Sean Ryan from their transient time collectively in Houston. Johnson was with the Texans for about two months in 2017.

The Lions additionally made a flurry of different strikes Saturday: activating defensive finish Trey Flowers from the bodily unable to carry out checklist, inserting broad receiver Jermaine Kearse and defensive lineman Darius Kilgo on injured reserve, signing operating again Justin Stockton and waiving cornerback Tarvarus McFadden from injured reserve.