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: March 23, 2013, 12:43:41 AM


Gruden zones in on Johnson;

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 Geoff Hobson

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The Bengals agreed to a two-year deal Thursday night with quarterback Josh Johnson as they seek a backup for Andy Dalton.






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Updated: 4:50 p.m.
 
Jay Gruden is already talking about the things he can do with Josh Johnson and one of them is the read option that has taken parts of the NFL by storm.
 
"The beauty of Josh is that he can execute all parts of our offense because he's smart enough," Gruden said Friday in the wake of reports Johnson has a two-year agreement with the Bengals. "Plus, he can do different things than Andy (Dalton) can do and I think that's good to have some diversity behind your No. 1 quarterback."
 
The Johnson signing won't end the derby behind Dalton. Zac Robinson, who has been on the practice squad for the past two seasons, is in the mix and the Bengals figure to draft a quarterback at some point as well as continue to look at the veteran market. Although the club has kept just one quarterback behind Dalton during his two seasons, Bengals president Mike Brown indicated this week the Bengals could keep three on the active roster.
 
Gruden says, "Zac Robinson will have something to say about the No. 2 job," and he also said, "I see no reason why Josh can't be the No. 2," even though he's thrown just 36 passes in the last three years and none last year when the 49ers cut him before the season and he joined the Browns at the end of the season.
 
49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, Johnson's college coach at San Diego, had no room on a roster that had a first-rounder in Alex Smith and a second-rounder in Colin Kaepernick. But Johnson has hooked up with another one of his old coaches.
 
Gruden was in his last year as offensive assistant under brother Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay when the Bucs drafted the 6-3, 210-pound Johnson in the fifth round of the 2008 draft and has carried a torch for him ever since.
 
"He's smart and he's got a big, live arm. He's got a rifle and he can run fast," Gruden said. "I liked him in Tampa. My brother liked him. I think it's a case where he just hasn't had a lot of snaps. He's had a few shots here and there but never a steady diet of work. I'm excited to have him because he can run a lot of plays that are being run in the NFL."
 
When the Grudens left and the Bucs drafted Josh Freeman the next year in the first round, Jay said the new staff gave Johnson a package to run that included the zone read. Gruden has taken it slowly, but he thinks Johnson could make him diversify the playbook.
 
"We ran it maybe one or two times last year," Gruden said. "We'll see how it goes and where everyone is, but you could definitely see Josh doing some of that. The zone read certainly gets the numbers in favor of the offense. It's good to be able to show something a little different if he was your No. 2 and he had to go into the game. The big thing he has to do is get the basics of what we do first, and then it may be kind of fun to look at."
 
Johnson has completed just 54 percent of his career 177 passes and Gruden thinks he can improve that percentage with reps. 
 
"He's got some accuracy issues and he throws pretty much every ball hard," Gruden said. "But he's got a ton of upside. A lot of natural talent and he's a bright kid. We're lucky. We've got a pretty smart quarterbacks room and he'll be one of the smartest guys in it."
 
Gruden says the timing couldn't have been better in order for Johnson to make a run at the backup job.
 
"I'm really happy we've got him now because we can put him right on the board in phase one and go from there," Gruden said of the offseason program that begins April 15. "We'll get him on the field with his drops and his footwork. Its going to be exciting for him and for us, too."
 






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#1 : March 23, 2013, 07:47:08 AM

<sarcasm > But I thought Jim Harbaugh knew how to use him? </sarcasm >   He's a situation QB and its hard for any NFL team to keep these types of guys, unless the whole system is built around his style.
: March 23, 2013, 07:56:14 AM BTownBucFan

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#2 : March 23, 2013, 07:50:12 AM

Did Josh Johnson play for the niners last year?


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#3 : March 23, 2013, 07:53:27 AM

They released him last September.  He played in the UFL last year.
: March 23, 2013, 07:55:17 AM BTownBucFan

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#4 : March 23, 2013, 01:00:45 PM


Good for him. Maybe he'll surprise some people. Maybe not.

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#5 : March 23, 2013, 01:02:04 PM

Good luck, Jay. You wouldn't be the first guy to try to crack that nut. I'm not holding my breath.

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#6 : March 23, 2013, 01:21:15 PM

Jj's biggest problem is that he didn't like to run. Don't get me wrong, the guy has some wheels, but he just didn't want to be known as a running QB.

If he had kept that up, he would've been injured, or had a pretty good career like vick (without the do fighting thing).

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#7 : March 23, 2013, 02:23:14 PM

he's thinking about all the fun he can have with him on the sidelines

Josh Johnson is a guy who has never done anything to even suggest that he can be more than a 3rd stringer.

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#8 : March 23, 2013, 02:34:51 PM

I'm not saying that Johnson will even play a snap this season, but using the 49ers as an argument for why he won't is silly. Why on earth would Harbaugh ever use him when Kaepernick can do the same thing plus pass much better? The whole idea presented in the article is that he can provide a change of pace for the Bengals if they decide they want to run some read option plays. Johnson wouldn't have been a change of pace at all behind Kaepernick.


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#9 : March 23, 2013, 04:24:31 PM

JJ was not involved with Kaepernick. He was involved with Scott Tolzien for the 3rd string job with the 49ers. He lost that as well.

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#10 : March 23, 2013, 06:05:03 PM

I'm not saying that Johnson will even play a snap this season, but using the 49ers as an argument for why he won't is silly. Why on earth would Harbaugh ever use him when Kaepernick can do the same thing plus pass much better? The whole idea presented in the article is that he can provide a change of pace for the Bengals if they decide they want to run some read option plays. Johnson wouldn't have been a change of pace at all behind Kaepernick.

I'm talking about his time here as well as his 2 game stint in the UFL.

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#11 : March 24, 2013, 07:17:44 PM

On a related note, it will be interesting to see how Alex Smith does in KC.  He had his best season in 2011 when Harbough was hired in San Fran.  Could be rough sailing with the Chiefs.


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