Mark Sanchez mercy-benched for Josh Johnson

Brian Tinsman
December 09, 2018 - 3:24 pm

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Update: Johnson leads the Redskins on a touchdown-scoring drive in the fourth quarter, taking advantage of a short field.

Original: There is no "slaughter rule" in the NFL, so no matter how many points the New York Giants score, the Washington Redskins have to finish the game.

They will do so with Josh Johnson under center; a journeyman quarterback signed four days ago. And why not? The Redskins trailed 40-0 at that point in the game.

Mark Sanchez ended his day with a stat line of six-for-14, 38 passing yards, no scores, two interceptions and a 10.7 passer rating.

Johnson has appeared on eight rosters in his NFL career, but has very little playing experience. He last threw a pass in a regular season game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2011 and came in with just a handful of practices under his belt. It's almost certain that he took zero reps with the starting offense, as the Redskins did everything possible to get Sanchez ready for the Giants.

And yet, Johnson came in and played better.

In his first drive, he completed four passes in six attempts for 31 yards. Sure, the drive ended in a turnover on downs when he failed to convert on fourth down. 

But on a day like today, turning the ball over deep in Giants territory is still an improvement on anything Sanchez achieved.

Welcome to the Josh Johnson Era in Washington.


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