Lions Sign QB Josh Johnson

The Lions worked out a pair of quarterbacks this morning, and they’ll be adding one to the roster. Detroit has signed veteran Josh Johnson, reports NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo (via Twitter).

The Lions’ current backup Tom Savage left Thursday’s preseason game after his head hit the turf, necessitating this move. Savage has a history of concussion issues, so there’s a chance he’ll be sidelined for a while. While the Lions are rostering David Fales, the team wanted another healthy quarterback to play behind Matthew Stafford. We learned yesterday that the Lions were auditioning both Johnson and Landry Jones.

The 33-year-old Johnson has spent time with 12 different NFL teams during his career. He made an appearance late last season with the Redskins, appearing in four games with three starts. He completed 52 of his 91 pass attempts for 590 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions. He also ran for 120 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

Johnson recently turned down a contract from the Ravens as he apparently felt he wasn’t going to be anything more than a short-term camp arm. It sounds like the situation is different in Detroit, where Johnson could stick around for the regular season.

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9 comments on “Lions Sign QB Josh Johnson

  1. roddy9

    This guy got cut by one guy of the worse teams in Canadian Football League.

    Come on Quinn why did you cut Connor Cook.

    If the Lions don’t improve their performance it could be goodbye to Pats 2

    • tylerall5

      Johnson never played in the CFL, he was assigned to the San Diego Fleet of the AAF but he was allowed to sign on for the Redskins.

    • diller1340

      He played pretty well on the redskins last year and even won a game. Connor Cook is not very good at all

  2. crosseyedlemon

    The good news for Lions fans is that J.J has a passer rating of 125.0 on fourth down. The bad news is that his passer rating is 8.3 when trailing with less than 2 minutes remaining to play.

  3. davidkaner

    This is why I was shocked the Lions didn’t use a 7th round pick on Tyree Jackson or some other developmental QB with a 7th round pick. Tyree could be Bills 3rd string QB if they cut him to sneak him in the practice squad, Lions should pounce on him.

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