Before Combine: Hgt: 6023, Wgt: 198, 40YD: 4.65-4.74-4.79
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Draft Scout Josh Johnson News
08/11/13 - QB Josh Johnson directed the Bengals to four scores on Thursday night. Of the six possessions that Johnson was in, he had 164 of the 253 total yards in that span.
"I always feel good to be able to lead scoring drives and we were able to go out there and move the ball down the field but obviously there's things we have to correct and I am my worst critic so I am going to be up on the film as immediately as I can, try to get better," Johnson said.
Johnson had the biggest offensive play of the night with a 43-yard scramble to the Atlanta 37 on the first play of the second quarter. That helped lead to a Mike Nugent field goal that tied the game at three.
Said Johnson of the play: "The opportunity presented itself. They were playing a match coverage where everyone had all their routes covered but no one had me. I was just something to give the defense to worry about."
04/19/12 - QB Josh Johnson is feeling comfortable already. The free-agent quarterback from Tampa Bay is back with Jim Harbaugh, his college coach at the University of San Diego. Johnson, an Oakland native, wanted dearly to sign with the 49ers to be under Harbaugh's tutelage again.
"I know what's expected here," Johnson said. "Playing for coach Harbaugh for four years, I know how he goes about his business. I know he means what he says."
Johnson also has no qualms about competing for a backup spot knowing that Alex Smith is the unquestioned starter.
"That's just common sense. That's how the NFL works," Johnson said. "Why wouldn't he be (the starter) going into the season? They went to the NFC Championship Game last year."
03/22/12 - QB Josh Johnson signed a two-year deal with the 49ers, joining Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick on the team's depth chart.
On the surface it would appear to be an odd career move for the mobile quarterback, but Johnson played at the University of San Diego for current 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
"Josh is a promising young player that has experience in our offensive system," said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. "He is a skilled athlete with good arm talent. Josh has shown promise in limited action, both as a back-up and starter at the NFL level. We are pleased to add him to our team."
The free agent from Tampa Bay expressed an interest in joining the team last week when San Francisco was courting Peyton Manning and the status of Alex Smith was uncertain. Manning chose Denver, but Smith re-signed with the 49ers and is the incumbent starter.
That didn't stop Johnson from signing and attempting to beat out Kaepernick, a second-round pick in 2011 the team is high on, for the backup job. A fifth-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2008, Johnson has thrown just 177 regular-season passes for 1,042 yards and five touchdowns in four NFL seasons.