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Lions release quarterback Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson, Lions

The Detroit Lions have released quarterback Josh Johnson, the team announced. They did so while signing former Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel.

Johnson signed with Detroit in the preseason as an “emergency signing” after Tom Savage suffered an injury. He was thought to be their quarterback for preseason, that’s it. However, when the cut-down day arrived, Johnson was the No. 2 quarterback in Detroit behind Matthew Stafford.

Matt Patricia raved about his adaptability; he won the spot in three weeks, mainly in part due to his ability to quickly learn an offense. Via Carlos Monarrez of Detroit Free Press:

“I think Josh did a great job of coming in. Maybe like we talked about when he got here, of just acclimating to the new offense and learning it as fast as possible to be able to put himself out on the field right away.

We obviously had a situation where he had to go out and play immediately, so he was able to kind of handle that, handle that pressure, handle those situations, and produce at the same time.”

Though Johnson was able to learn the Lions offense, they went another way once the regular season started. However, this isn’t the veteran quarterback’s first time-released, he’s spent time with 13 NFL teams (fun fact: he was the No. 1 overall pick in the Alliance of American Football “QB Draft”).

As of now, the Lions are still running with three quarterbacks on the roster. Driskel projects as Stafford’s backup while undrafted rookie David Blough will take pointers from the two and hold a clipboard.