ASHBURN, Va. — It might be the ultimate begin of his profession. It additionally would possibly result in extra alternatives. Washington Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson‘s NFL future might be helped — or damage — by the season finale Sunday.
Not that he’s anxious concerning the penalties. A month in the past, Johnson was at house in Oakland, California, taking part in in charity basketball video games, when his life took an sudden flip. All of a sudden, a man with zero NFL begins between 2012 and 2017 would make three.
That’s why he’s not but anxious about his future.
“No,” Johnson mentioned. “I hold telling you all that is enjoyable for me, man. I’ve been on the bench, I’ve been at house, I’ve been loads of different locations the place I don’t need to be. So each alternative I get to go on the market on that area I’m excited, and I’m going to take pleasure in this second most positively.”
The Redskins clearly have choices to make at quarterback, with considerations about Alex Smith’s future. On the very least, he’ll miss coaching camp.
Additionally they have Colt McCoy, who additionally broke his leg however needs to be tremendous for spring exercises. As a result of they’ve solely $20 million in salary-cap house accessible — although they’ll simply clear extra — and can have different urgent wants, their most suitable choice can be drafting a quarterback.
Even when they do this, the Redskins would nonetheless want one other one to get them by means of the summer time. Johnson can be a reasonable choice, although that additionally can be primarily based on who else is offered. Johnson mentioned he’d prefer to return; Washington is not able to commit.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden mentioned of a potential Johnson return, “That’s a methods away for us. We’re attempting to give attention to Philadelphia. All these discussions will happen as soon as the season is over and we’ve a inexperienced gentle to maneuver ahead, speaking about our personnel, we’ll go there then.”
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Johnson, 32, has carried out a stable job contemplating he wasn’t signed till Dec. 4. In 2½ video games, Johnson has accomplished 62.5 p.c of his passes for 499 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. He has a complete QBR of 73.1 and a passer score of 82.7. His QBR is extra spectacular partially due to different features he supplies, specifically his operating. Johnson has rushed 20 occasions for 116 yards and a landing.
He helped the Redskins, decimated by accidents, win at Jacksonville and practically led an upset victory at Tennessee, thwarted partially due to his interception with lower than two minutes remaining.
He is aware of nothing is assured. The Redskins, in spite of everything, have been his 12th group. On Sunday, he’ll be taking part in not just for the Redskins (7-8) but additionally for anybody else who might need a gap in 2019. He additionally would possibly be a part of the San Diego Fleet within the Alliance of American Soccer this winter. However he is actually auditioning for different NFL groups.
“I’m accustomed to that as a result of that’s the character of this enterprise,” Johnson mentioned. “So I actually can’t give attention to that as a result of, I imply, one staff might imagine you’re doing effectively and one other staff might not suppose you’re doing that effectively. It’s all about how they really feel about their notion. That’s one other state of affairs that’s out of my management. What I can management is on the finish of the day how we go on the market and ensure I do my half to assist the Redskins get ready to win. So I’m simply form of re-narrowing my focus like I’ve at all times carried out and simply attempting to give attention to that.”