Veteran backup quarterback was a need for the Raiders this offseason. Last year they signed EJ Manuel and could have re-signed him but chose not to. And they made the decision on EJ Manuel’s birthday (ouch). Instead, they brought in a very familiar face. They have signed journeyman Josh Johnson who, not coincidentally, I’m sure, is Marshawn Lynch’s cousin.
Also of note about Johnson, he was originally drafted in the fifth round by Jon Gruden in his final year in Tampa in 2008.
Johnson has been quite the journeyman in his career, and hasn’t taken a snap in the NFL since 2014.
He has appeared in 29 games with 5 starts, completing 96 passes (54.2%) for 1042 yards with 5 TD’s and 10 interceptions, all in his first three years in the league with the Bucs.
In total has been signed to 11 different times and played for 9 NFL teams, most of which he was released before the season. He was on the active roster for the Browns (2012), Bengals (2013), and 49ers (2014).
He will compete with Connor Cook for the primary backup spot behind Derek Carr.
A native of Oakland, Calif., Johnson played four years at the University of San Diego where he was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press as a junior in 2006. He also attended Oakland Technical High School where he earned first-team All-City honors and helped his team to the Oakland Athletic League championship as a senior.
He has spent much of his time as part of Marshawn Lynch’s Family1st Foundation.