Please, PLEASE keep defending teams not signing Colin Kaepernick. Because the Washington Redskins just hit this one out of the park.
Tuesday afternoon, head coach Jay Gruden would discuss the idea of signing Colin Kaepernick. But ultimately, he landed on the “going in a different direction” line. Instead, names like Landry Jones and Ryan Mallett came up in terms of workouts. Jones makes sense, as he made a start last season with the Steelers. Mallett, however, threw 22 passes between the 2016-17 seasons, last making a start in…2015.
So on Tuesday, they put pen to paper with 32-year-old Josh Johnson, per ESPN’s John Keim.
Yes, the Redskins are signing Josh Johnson. Experience with Gruden in Tampa in 2008 and Cincinnati in 2013.
— John Keim (@john_keim) December 5, 2018
Holy reach, Batman! I mean, as truly horrendous as they are, we’re not even going to give Paxton Lynch or — and I’m laughing hysterically here — Nathan Peterman a call? Apparently not, folks! Instead, the Redskins are going with Johnson — a 32-year-old fifth-round pick (2008) who last threw a pass in an NFL game in 2011. No, seriously — he threw a whole 36 passes back in 2011. But don’t worry, he did spend time with the Browns, Bengals and Niners between 2012-14. Though despite three appearances, he didn’t thrown one single pass.
And the Redskins are not bringing him in as the third-string option. On a ridiculously insane level, at least that would make some sense. But to bring him in as the backup to an already bad quarterback in Mark Sanchez? Come on, folks, how much more obvious can you get?
Additionally, Johnson has just 177 career pass-attempts to his name over a six-year span. He completed just 54.2% of them during his time in the league, racking up 1,042 yards, five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Add it all up, and you get a passer rating of 57.7. He also put up 274 yards rushing on 44 attempts, an average of 6.2 yards per carry.
The Redskins are obviously in a tough spot. Losing both Alex Smith and Colt McCoy to leg fractures is rotten luck. But Josh freaking Johnson? My goodness. This team was 6-3 at one point. From where we’re sitting, we don’t think they’ll win another game all season.