Tampa Bay Buccaneers second year pro & former fifth round draft pick
Josh Johnson has been counted out his whole career, but he is not willing to concede to those who suggest he is the odd man out in the quarterback derby raging under the sunny skies and back drop of the Florida Gulf Coast.
“I don’t doubt my abilities,” Johnson said.
“It’s just a matter of time before I can show them off in game situations. It’s not frustrating. It makes me hungry. It makes you a better competitor when you know every snap counts.”
“When I first got here, guys told me if you can pick up this offense, you can learn any offense,” Johnson said. “What I learned last year — the little tips and tricks here and there — it’s helped me a lot this year. I appreciate the fact I was able to sit behind those guys last year as far as the preparation goes. I can apply it to the practice field now.”
“I’ve always been discounted,” Johnson said. “I was coming out of high school when I went to San Diego, a nonscholarship school. Then last year, they said he can’t do it against the better competition, and I went to the East-West game and was the MVP. I took a step back in the combine, and even when I didn’t have an opportunity to get reps at all, I never lost confidence in myself.
“When you get on the field, you let your natural ability take over, and that’s what I intend to do.” Source: St. Pete Times.com
With so much hoopla surrounding Luke McCown, Byron Leftwich & Josh Freeman. Johnson seems to be the forgotten man, his physical skills are on par with that of Luke McCown and the year he spent on the active roster while running the scout team offense will be invaluable to his success this coming training camp.
Should Leftwich falter in his battle with McCown and depending on how Johnson performs during training camp and the pre-season he could easly sneak up and grab hold of the final quarterback spot.