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Josh Johnson | Quarterback

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/15/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 205
College: San Diego
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49ers QB Josh Johnson took snaps at receiver in Tuesday's OTAs session.
The move was just a lark as injuries left the 49ers short-handed at wideout, but it could be taken as an indication Johnson's roster spot is anything but secure. Teams don't mess around with quarterbacks they're counting on. Johnson is competing with Blaine Gabbert and McLeod Bethel-Thompson for No. 2 duties. Jun 3 - 6:42 PM

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49ers signed QB Josh Johnson.

DT Christian Tupou was waived in a corresponding move. Johnson played for coach Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego and was with Harbaugh's 49ers during 2012. He's well-versed in the offense and should have a real shot at No. 2 duties over Blaine Gabbert and McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
May 14 - 7:19 PM

Bengals released QB Josh Johnson.

A six-year veteran, Johnson beat out John Skelton for No. 2 duties last season, but failed to attempt a single pass behind Andy Dalton. He became expendable after the Bengals signed Jason Campbell and drafted A.J. McCarron. Johnson will look to latch on elsewhere as a No. 3 quarterback.
May 12 - 4:18 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Josh Johnson has a "pretty big lead" on John Skelton for the Bengals' No. 2 quarterback job.

The Enquirer named Johnson one of its five "standout" players through the first week of camp, praising his command of the playbook and his ability to throw the deep ball. Both he and Skelton have big-time arms, but Johnson's experience in a West Coast offense is really showing. The preseason will tell us more.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 12:47:00 PM

Bengals.com considers Josh Johnson the favorite over John Skelton to back up Andy Dalton.

Skelton has attempted 425 more career passes than Johnson, but reporter Geoff Hobson believes Johnson's scrambling ability and experience in the West Coast Offense makes him a slight favorite. Both quarterbacks have big arms. Dalton hasn't missed a start in two seasons, so whoever wins isn't going to be in for many snaps.
Source: bengals.com
Tue, Jul 9, 2013 02:50:00 PM

Josh Johnson reportedly has a slight advantage in the Bengals' backup quarterback battle.

Johnson is competing with John Skelton and Zac Robinson. He has a leg up thanks to his previous knowledge of the West Coast scheme Jay Gruden runs. Note that Andy Dalton hasn't missed a game in his two-year NFL career.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 08:12:00 AM

Bengals signed QB Josh Johnson to a two-year contract.

Johnson worked out for the Bengals last week. It's Cincinnati's first outside-the-organization free-agent signing of the offseason. Johnson spent last summer with the 49ers, but he was part of their final cuts. He was then signed by the Browns in Week 17 and played one snap, losing a fumble on a sack. The Bengals likely aren't done adding quarterbacks behind Andy Dalton.
Thu, Mar 21, 2013 09:15:00 PM

The Bengals worked out free agent QB Josh Johnson on Thursday.

Johnson was out of the league until the Browns picked him up as an emergency backup heading into Week 17 last season. He played one snap and was strip-sacked. Johnson has a good arm and has ties to Bengals OC Jay Gruden from their Tampa Bay days. He's also very athletic with a 4.55 forty time.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 03:24:00 PM

The Sacramento Bee suggests the 49ers as a possible landing spot for free agent QB Josh Johnson.

Johnson spent last offseason with the Niners before getting dumped at final cuts. Now that Alex Smith is gone and Colin Kaepernick is the starter, they could be looking for an athletic backup and cheap upgrade on Scott Tolzien. Johnson would fit the bill.
Thu, Feb 28, 2013 09:42:00 AM

Browns signed QB Josh Johnson.

Brandon Weeden (shoulder) is almost certainly out for the finale. Look for Johnson to back up Colt McCoy and Thaddeus Lewis against the Steelers. Johnson was the No. 2 free agent quarterback available on Rotoworld's list of free agents, behind only David Garrard. The former Jim Harbaugh project has been on street since the Niners released him at camp's final cuts this year.
Wed, Dec 26, 2012 11:04:00 AM

Seahawks worked out free agent QB Josh Johnson on Tuesday.

It's Johnson's first known workout since being among the 49ers' final cuts at the end of August. He later signed on with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League in mid-September, but the league was forced to suspend operation shortly after. Seattle is likely just doing their due diligence.
Source: KJR 950
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 08:13:00 PM

Free agent QB Josh Johnson has signed with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.

The former Bucs and 49ers quarterback ranks third on Rotoworld's list of real-life NFL free agent quarterbacks. Johnson was cut by San Francisco in August in favor of Scott Tolzien and generated no looks with other clubs. With UFL camps opening up this coming week, we'd expect several out-of-work NFLers to latch on with the young league.
Mon, Sep 17, 2012 10:02:00 PM

49ers waived or released QB Josh Johnson, LBs Ikaika Alama-Francis, Michael Wilhoite, Eric Bakhtiari, Kenny Rowe, Cam Johnson and Joe Holland, G/T Derek Hall, DTs Tony Jerod-Eddie and Matthew Masifilo, CB Anthony Mosley, TE Kyle Nelson, G/T Al Netter, OTs Kenny Wiggins and Mike Person, WR Nathan Palmer and S Michael Thomas.

In a mild upset, Scott Tolzien beat out Johnson for No. 3 duties, though Rotoworld's Evan Silva predicted Thursday Johnson might be cut loose. One of the symbols of the Matt Millen era in Detroit, Alama-Francis made just one tackle in five games for the Dolphins last season.
Fri, Aug 31, 2012 10:14:00 PM

Josh Johnson was relegated to mop-up duty as the fourth-string quarterback in the 49ers' exhibition opener.

Johnson suggested that the order of appearance in the game reflected the training camp depth chart. "Since I've gotten here, it's pretty much been that order," Johnson said. Colin Kaepernick appears to have a firm grip on the No. 2 job, and the coaching staff remains high on Scott Tolzien as the developmental QB. Johnson is on the roster bubble.
Tue, Aug 14, 2012 02:17:00 PM

49ers signed QB Josh Johnson to a two-year contract.

The Johnson-Jim Harbaugh reunion was bound to happen. After Harbaugh mentored Johnson to a remarkable 43-to-1 TD:INT ratio as a University of San Diego (Division I-AA) senior, the coach declared him the best quarterback in college football. Johnson will likely back up Alex Smith to start the season, with Colin Kaepernick remaining in the developmental third-string role. Smith now has two backups with arguably more talent than him.
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 10:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Colin Kaepernick
2Blaine Gabbert
3Josh Johnson
RB1Frank Gore
2Carlos Hyde
3Marcus Lattimore
GLB1Frank Gore
2Carlos Hyde
3RB1Frank Gore
2Carlos Hyde
FB1Bruce Miller
2Trey Millard
WR11Michael Crabtree
2Stevie Johnson
3Brandon Lloyd
4Kassim Osgood
WR21Anquan Boldin
2Quinton Patton
3Bruce Ellington
WR31Quinton Patton
TE1Vernon Davis
2Vance McDonald
3Derek Carrier
4Garrett Celek
K1Phil Dawson