Is there anything more exciting than scouting Washington Redskins’ quarterback Josh Johnson? The fourth player to take snaps under center for Washington, Johnson is now on his twelfth team since entering the NFL. He couldn’t possibly threaten the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, right? Right?!
The answer is likely no, but there’s a lesson to be learned from his recent performance against the Tennessee Titans. Redskins’ head coach Jay Gruden infused the playbook with play-action concepts (30%) which catered to Johnson’s strengths while also showing stubbornness in refusing to reel in his playbook.
Interestingly, Josh Johnson's best and worst plays came against the same defensive scheme. #Titans used a Tampa 2 CAT blitz, sending the corner while rotating the rest of the defense into Tampa 2. 1st play, Johnson scrambles and finds Doctson. 2nd, Johnson throws an INT #Redskins pic.twitter.com/xxZbWiHBSZ— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) December 25, 2018
The result was a shaky but not terrible performance with Johnson throwing on average 3.4 yards past the sticks, 3rd most of the week according to Next Gen Stats. Leaning on their running game and defense, the Redskins stayed within one score until the final play of the game. That’s not to say that it’s a trap game by any means, but considering the expectations, Johnson wasn’t as bad as he should’ve been.
Conversely, against the Houston Texans, Nick Foles either played up to or above expectations, depending on where you stand on him. We covered his day and the strengths of his game on The QB Scho Show #8! There’s also bonus audio of the Foles’ press conference from Thursday, because if you haven’t heard it yet, you need to. Stream it on the media player below or click here if the player doesn’t load. FLY EAGLES FLY!