The Denver Broncos had an amazing first preseason game at home, and one player stood out more than everyone else. Not because he played the best, but because it was somewhat unexpected. Josh Johnson played better than everyone expected, and I think he solidified his spot as the backup quarterback on Saturday night against the Cowboys.
To say Johnson bounced around a bit during his career would be an understatement. I’m not going to lie, when the broadcast showed a graphic of every team he had been on I was surprised. The color commentator also stated that he has played in four different professional football leagues. This guy’s story is crazy.
Johnson is the true definition of a journeyman.
After watching that first preseason game I am confident in saying that the Broncos may already have their backup quarterback situation figured out. If you ask me, that game proved that Johnson could start if he needed to.
I know a bunch of you are going to read this and think I’m wrong because it’s the preseason, and his performance in the preseason should not determine any of that. However, there was just something about his play against the Cowboys that really stood out.
Johnson’s decision-making was incredible.
We probably all looked at his stats immediately after the game and saw the 16/23 with 172 yards and two touchdowns. However, his 120-quarterback rating is what stood out the most. Mind you, a 158 is considered a perfect quarterback rating. And he did not take a sack either, which is another reason why I thought his decision-making was good.
It is pretty evident that if Russell Wilson ever needed to sit out a game or two, Johnson could carry that workload for sure. Johnson played very similarly to how Wilson would have last night had he played. It is great to know who your backup quarterback will be. Just look at last season when Wilson missed three games. Geno Smith stepped up and delivered a 31-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
His football experience has helped him get to where he is today, and there is nothing wrong with getting to be a backup quarterback. Johnson will help this team win some games, whether he is starting in place of Wilson, or helping out on the sideline.
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