Johnson, 29, was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. In his career, Johnson has played for four teams, and spent a short stint with the UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions. In the NFL, Johnson has attempted 177 passes, completing 96, and has thrown for 1,042 yards with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He’s rushed for an additional 274 yards on 44 carries.
Johnson last played in a regular season game in 2013 when he rushed seven times for 20 yards as a member of the Bengals. He hasn’t thrown a pass since 2011. In the Bengals preseason opener, Johnson completed 11-of-21 passes for 175 yards.
Presently, with Geno Smith still recovering from a broken jaw, the Jets have four active quarterbacks on the team’s roster. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is New York’s starter, followed by rookies Bryce Petty and Jake Heaps, and the recently-signed Matt Flynn.
Shortly after Flynn was signed on Aug. 19, Jets coach Todd Bowles didn’t rule out the possibility of the Jets signing another quarterback, and cutting Flynn, if a better option became available.
“Yes, it’s conceivable,” Bowles said earlier this month. “It all depends on how (Flynn) plays. Like everybody else, you want to find better, but Matt’s a good quarterback and we liked him when we signed him. We want to give him a chance to play.”
To this point, Flynn has done little more than individuals as he recovers from an injured hamstring. On Wednesday, Bowles indicated Flynn would not play against the Giants on Saturday, but should be healthy for the Jets preseason finale.