Josh Johnson played Madden to learn teammates

Brian Tinsman
December 09, 2018 - 5:50 pm

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Josh Johnson came into Sunday's game as cold as possible.

He hadn't thrown a regular season pass in the NFL since 2011. He signed with the Redskins less than a week ago and threw no reps with the first team offense. His team was already trailing 40-0 and Mark Sanchez looked completely overmatched at quarterback.

So he entered with 20 minutes remaining the game and turned to the best insight he had: playing with the Redskins in Madden:

Johnson also told the media that he hasn't played football in a while, but he spent last weekend in a charity basketball tournament that helped keep his cardio and endurance up. It doesn't hurt that he scored a double-double and won the championship for his team:

Johnson ended the day with 240 yards of offense; 195 through the air and 45 on the ground, both figures that led the team. He also passed for a touchdown and rushed for another, accounting for the team's only points of the day.

This week, he will prepare as a starter, even as he continues to learn his teammates and the playbook. In the meantime, EA Sports should reach out to him for a marketing deal.


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