Josh Johnson QB CIN 9 Months

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Josh Johnson has a "pretty big lead" on John Skelton for the Bengals' No. 2 quarterback job.

The Enquirer named Johnson one of its five "standout" players through the first week of training camp, praising his command of the playbook and his ability to throw the deep ball. Both he and Skelton have big-time arms, but Johnson's experience in a West Coast offense is really showing. The preseason will tell us more.

Josh Johnson QB CIN 9 Months

Bengals.com considers Josh Johnson the favorite over John Skelton to back up Andy Dalton.

Skelton has attempted 425 more career passes than Johnson, but reporter Geoff Hobson believes Johnson's scrambling ability and experience in the West Coast Offense makes him a slight favorite. Both quarterbacks have big arms. Dalton hasn't missed a start in two seasons, so whomever wins isn't going to be in for many snaps.

Josh Johnson QB CIN 10 Months

Josh Johnson reportedly has a slight advantage in the Bengals' backup quarterback battle.

Johnson is competing with John Skelton and Zac Robinson. He has a leg up thanks to his previous knowledge of the West Coast scheme Jay Gruden runs. Note that Andy Dalton hasn't missed a game in his two-year NFL career.

Josh Johnson QB CIN Mar 21 '13

Bengals signed QB Josh Johnson to a two-year contract.

Johnson worked out for the Bengals last week. It's Cincinnati's first outside-the-organization free-agent signing of the offseason. Johnson spent last summer with the 49ers, but he was part of their final cuts. He was then signed by the Browns in Week 17 and played one snap, losing a fumble on a sack. The Bengals likely aren't done at the quarterback spot.

Josh Johnson QB CIN Mar 14 '13

The Bengals worked out free agent QB Josh Johnson on Thursday.

Johnson was out of the league until the Browns picked him up as an emergency backup heading into Week 17 last season. He played one snap and was strip-sacked. Johnson has a good arm and has ties to Bengals OC Jay Gruden from their Tampa Bay days. He's also very athletic with a 4.55 forty time.

Josh Johnson QB CIN Feb 28 '13

The Sacramento Bee suggests the 49ers as a possible landing spot for free agent QB Josh Johnson.

Johnson spent last offseason with the Niners before getting dumped at final cuts. Now that Alex Smith is gone and Colin Kaepernick is the starter, they could be looking for an athletic backup and cheap upgrade on Scott Tolzien. Johnson would fit the bill.

Josh Johnson QB CIN Dec 26 '12

Browns signed QB Josh Johnson.

Brandon Weeden (shoulder) is almost certainly out for the finale. Look for Johnson to back up Colt McCoy and Thaddeus Lewis against the Steelers. Johnson was the No. 2 free agent quarterback available on Rotoworld's list of free agents, behind only David Garrard. The former Jim Harbaugh project has been on street since the Niners released him at camp's final cuts this year.

Josh Johnson QB CIN Dec 05 '12

Seahawks worked out free agent QB Josh Johnson on Tuesday.

It's Johnson's first known workout since being among the 49ers' final cuts at the end of August. He later signed on with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League in mid-September, but the league was forced to suspend operation shortly after. Seattle is likely just doing their due diligence.

Josh Johnson QB CIN Sep 17 '12

Free agent QB Josh Johnson has signed with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.

The former Bucs and 49ers quarterback ranks third on Rotoworld's list of real-life NFL free agent quarterbacks. Johnson was cut by San Francisco in August in favor of Scott Tolzien and generated no looks with other clubs. With UFL camps opening up this coming week, we'd expect several out-of-work NFLers to latch on with the young league.

Josh Johnson QB CIN Aug 31 '12

49ers waived or released QB Josh Johnson, LBs Ikaika Alama-Francis, Michael Wilhoite, Eric Bakhtiari, Kenny Rowe, Cam Johnson and Joe Holland, G/T Derek Hall, DTs Tony Jerod-Eddie and Matthew Masifilo, CB Anthony Mosley, TE Kyle Nelson, G/T Al Netter, OTs Kenny Wiggins and Mike Person, WR Nathan Palmer and S Michael Thomas.

In a mild upset, Scott Tolzien beat out Johnson for No. 3 duties, though Rotoworld's Evan Silva predicted Thursday Johnson might be cut loose. One of the symbols of the Matt Millen era in Detroit, Alama-Francis made just one tackle in five games for the Dolphins last season.