Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
Quarterback Josh Johnson was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2008 draft. At the time, the Bucs already had an entrenched starting quarterback in Jeff Garcia, and Johnson was thought to be a long-term project.
Then in 2009, the Bucs drafted Josh Freeman in the first round. That definitely threw a curve ball in Johnson's career arc.
That year, the Bucs let Johnson start the third game and three subsequent games, but it was obvious that all they were doing was trying to buy some time to get Freeman ready to start the rest of the season.
After his fourth start, which was also his fourth loss, of the season in 2009, Johnson didn't have another start until last year.
In fairness, Johnson didn't exactly set the world on fire when he did get a chance to play for the Bucs. Still, you could see that he had more than enough skill to play in the NFL but just needed more reps and a little more seasoning.
Unfortunately, this year Johnson decided to sign with the San Francisco 49ers, and they were already pretty well set with their top two quarterbacks. After not being given much of a chance to show what he could do in the preseason, he was cut and is now playing in the UFL for the Sacramento Mountain Lions.
I happened to catch his game last week, and you could tell he was head and shoulders better than most of the guys he was playing with. It would be nice to see him get another legitimate shot to make it in the NFL, but I'm not sure if that opportunity will come knocking, and that's a shame.