Monday, September 28, 2009
Scouting report on Josh Johnson
By Pat Yasinskas
Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas
I don’t pretend to know a lot about Josh Johnson, Tampa Bay’s new starting quarterback. That’s why I called Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc., who studied Johnson when he was coming out in the 2008 draft.
“He’s obviously a bit of an unknown,’’ Williamson said. “I’m not going to pretend to know the backward and forward on him, but I think he’s very intriguing. He came from very small school (San Diego) and he put amazing numbers (43 touchdowns to one interception in his final year). He values the football and he’s intelligent. He doesn’t have monster arm, but he’s athletic. I was high on this pick when they made it, but then they turned around and drafted Josh Freeman and it’s obvious he’s their guy for the future.
“But they must trust Johnson with the mental part of the game more than Freeman right now. Freeman needs time before he’s ready, but I think Johnson needs some time, too. The good thing is he’ll be behind a decent offensive line and they have a running game that can be respectable.’’