One thing is for certain, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have Josh under center this weekend when they host divisional opponent, the Carolina Panthers. The question is, which Josh. Backup quarterback Josh Johnson is preparing to start this week in case QB Josh Freeman is unable to go.
Josh Freeman is dealing with a thumb injury. He sprained his thumb on October 23rd against the Chicago Bears, re-injured the thumb during the team’s bye week in a gun range incident, requiring stitches and then aggravated the injury on the final play of last week’s game against the Tennessee Titans.
Josh Johnson is a fourth-year quarterback out of the University of San Diego and is actually the cousin of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. Johnson was drafted by Jon Gruden and was known in college as being an extremely accurate passer, throwing for 43 touchdowns and just one interception in his senior season.
A highly mobile quarterback, Johnson is utilized as the Buccaneers wildcat quarterback, brought in to run the football from time to time. Johnson has taken all the first-team snaps in practice this week and will get the start if Freeman is unable to throw on Saturday.