Of all the backup quarterbacks in the league, none have the pure athleticism of Josh Johnson of the Tampa Bay Bucs. On the surface his 16-27 229 yards, one TD, one INT seem very pedestrian. However, he not only has an accurate arm, but also has 4.44 40 speed and it showed as he racked up 45 yards rushing on 5 scrambles. Once he gets out of the pocket he is tough to take down.
He was drafted by the Bucs in the 5th round of the 2008 draft. Even though he played what was then known as D IAA ball at San Diego he was on the radar of all the NFL teams after his spectacular combine and his Senior Bowl performance. To give you an idea of his accuracy in college he threw for 2988 yards with 43 TDs and just one interception his senior year. Top that off with 726 yards rushing and you know what kind of a machine he was in college.
Unfortunately he sits behind Josh Freeman in Tampa who is a machine in his own right. I think though Johnson opened up a lot of NFL brass’s eyes this weekend as a potential starter for a franchise in need of one. One yahoo fantasy expert went as far to say that if he started a full season he could put up top 15 quarterback numbers. That’s high praise for him and you can bet the farm that the Bucs will look to move him in the offseason through a draft pick trade.
He entered yesterday’s game as dollar bin fodder, but after the decent performance he put up, his cards have climbed up to the $5-10 region. He is only 25 years old and definitely has a fresh arm. My concerns are that he can’t scramble like he did in college or he will end up like Vick, just punished as he runs. He ill have to rely on accuracy and I’m not sure how good it is for a NFL starter. On last Sunday he looked real good, can he do that for a whole season? Will the Bucs even trade him? I don’t know the answers to either of those questions, but I do know he was fun to watch.
I like the autograph too! What is your take on Josh!