A seventh-year NFL player in 2015, Johnson was a Bengal in 2013 and rejoins team as unrestricted free agent ... On San Francisco roster for 13 games in 2014, inactive for each game ... Active as Andy Dalton’s backup for every Bengals game in ’13, playing in two ... Career NFL totals include 29 games and five starts, with 96-for-177 passing (54.2 percent) for 1042 yards, five TDs and 10 INTs ... Has career rushing average of 6.2 yards per carry (44-for-274).
Career transactions: Selected by Tampa Bay in fifth round of 2008 NFL Draft (160th overall) ... Signed with Buccaneers 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 ... Contract terminated by Bengals on 5-12-14 ... Signed with San Francisco as free agent on 5-15-14 ... Contract terminated by 49ers on 9-20-14 ... Re-signed with 49ers on 9-23-14 ... Contract terminated by 49ers on 10-10-14 ... Re-signed with 49ers on 10-14-14 ... Contract terminated by 49ers on 10-17-14 ... Re-signed with 49ers on 10-21-14 ... Signed with Cincinnati as unrestricted free agent on 4-2-15.
2014 Highlights: On San Francisco roster for 13 games, but did not play ... His 49ers preseason stats included 27-of-36 passing with three TDs.
Previous Seasons: 2008—Fifth-round Tampa Bay selection was in uniform for all 16 games as designated third QB, but did not see game action. 2009—Played for Tampa Bay in six games, with four starts ... Passed 63 of 125 for 685 yards, with four TDs and eight INTs ... Made NFL debut (no passing statistics) on Sept. 20 at Buffalo ... Recorded first career completion on Sept. 27 vs. N.Y. Giants, on six-yard pass to WR Antonio Bryant in fourth quarter ... Made first career NFL start on Oct. 4 at Washington, passing 13-for-22 for 106 yards and one TD ... On Oct. 11 at Philadelphia, launched 50 attempts, completing 26 for 240 yards, two TDs and three INTs, and rushed for a game-high 40 yards on five carries. 2010—Played in 11 games as a reserve for Tampa Bay team that finished 10-6 but missed playoffs ... Recorded 87.5 completion percentage, hitting 14 of 16 passes for 111 yards ... On Sept. 26 vs. Pittsburgh, recorded a career-high passer rating of 113.2, going six-for-six for 67 yards. 2011—Played in nine games for Bucs, completing 19-of-36 attempts for 246-1-0 ... On Dec. 4 vs. Carolina, started in place of injured Josh Freeman and posted 83.7 passer rating, on 16-for-27 for 229-1-0 yards with one TD and one INT. 2012—Played in all four San Francisco preseason games, posting 115.3 passer rating ... Following release by 49ers in final cuts, signed with Sacramento Mountain Lions in United Football League and started two games, passing 28-for-48 for 397 yards with two TDs and one INT ... Returned to NFL with Cleveland during practice week for regular-season finale at Pittsburgh, and played briefly vs. Steelers (no pass attempts). 2013—Spent entire season on Bengals active roster after signing as unrestricted free agent, filling No. 2 QB role behind Andy Dalton ... Appeared in two games, totaling seven rushing attempts for 20 yards.
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 yards 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 a minor in business administration ... Cousin of Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch ... His “Fam1st Family Foundation” has offered aid to families in literacy, life skills, and athletics.
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.