Johnson joined Bengals for 2013 as an unrestricted free agent, and won the No. 2 QB job in a training camp competition ... Entered NFL as a fifth-round draft choice of Tampa Bay in 2008 and played in 26 games with five starts for Bucs from ’08 through ’11 ... Also saw brief game action for Cleveland in ’12 ... Came into ’13 with 96 completions in 177 attempts (54.2 percent) for 1042 yards, five TDs and 10 INTs ... Also has 6.8-yard career rushing average (40-for-271).
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Active-DNP in No. 2 QB role for Games 1-7 and 9-12 ... Made Bengals regular season debut Oct. 27 vs. Jets, after Andy Dalton was rested in fourth quarter ... Did not attempt a pass vs. Jets, but rushed three-for-17 ... Played in all four preseason games, going 27-for-49 (55.1 percent) with 275 yards, 3 TD and one INT ... Also had 12 rushes for 143 yards in preseason, good for 11.9 yards per carry.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Tampa Bay in fifth round of 2008 NFL Draft (160th overall) ... Signed with Bucs on 7-26-08 ... Signed with San Francisco as unrestricted free agent on 3-22-12 ... Waived by 49ers on 8-31-12 ... Signed with Cleveland as free agent on 12-26-12 ... Signed with Cincinnati as unrestricted free agent on 3-23-13.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2008—Fifth-round Tampa Bay draftee did not see regular season action ... In uniform for Bucs as designated third QB for all 16 games.
2009—Played for Tampa Bay in six games, with four starts (Games 4-7) ... Passed 63-for-125 for 685 yards, with four TDs and eight INTs ... Launched 50 attempts in 33-14 loss on Oct. 11 at Philadelphia, completing 26 for 240 yards, with two TDs and three INTs ... Had one TD pass in first NFL start, Oct. 4 at Washington, and threw for one score Oct. 25 vs. New England ... Made NFL playing debut (no passing statistics) Sept. 20 at Buffalo.
2010—Played in 11 games as reserve for Tampa Bay team that finished 10-6 but missed playoffs ... Saw spot action and posted 87.5 completion percentage (14-of-16), passing for 111 yards with no TDs or INTs.
2011—Played in nine games for Bucs, with a start in place of injured Josh Freeman on Dec. 4 vs. Carolina ... In 38-19 loss to Panthers, posted 83.7 passer rating, on 16-for-27 for 229 yards with one TD and one INT.
2012—Played in all four San Francisco preseason games ... Posted 115.3 passer rating, going 15-for-25 for 219 yards with two TDs and no INTs ... Following release by 49ers in final cuts, signed with Sacramento Mountain Lions of United Football League and started two games, passing 28-for-48 for 397-2-1 ... Returned to NFL with Cleveland, signed during practice week for regular-season finale at Pittsburgh, playing briefly vs. Steelers with no pass attempts.
COLLEGE: Played four seasons (2004-07) in FCS ranks with San Diego ... Appeared in 41 games with 34 starts ... Finished career with FCS record for passing efficiency (176.68) and with school records for TD passes (113), completions (724) and passing yards (9699) ... Passed for 43 TDs and 2988 yards as a senior.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Oakland, Calif. ... Attended Oakland Tech High School, where as a senior he earned first-team All-City honors in football and honorable mention All-City in basketball ... Majored at San Diego in communications, with minor in business administration ... Cousin of Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch ... His “Fam1st Family Foundation” is working to open a youth center in Oakland in 2014, offering aid in literacy, life skills and athletics.
NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Johnson did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2012 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games that year.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said this was going to be the week he got a lot of his injured players back and that was certainly the case on the defensive line as the club warmed up for practice Thursday afternoon before 6,800 fans at Springboro High School on the outskirts of Dayton, Ohio.
The Bengals Master Mechanic rolls out his latest model Saturday for the Paul Brown Stadium 7 p.m. preseason opener (11:35 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) when the Titans come to town.
For two quarters in Thursday's 34-10 victory in the preseason opener at the Georgia Dome, Bengals backup quarterback Josh Johnson put together all his ample skills in leading Cincinnati to its first 20 points.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Josh Johnson finds wide receiver Brandon Tate in the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown, the team's first of the preseason.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Josh Johnson keeps it himself and scrambles for 43 yards to start the second quarter in Atlanta against the Falcons.