Redskins-Jaguars: Josh Johnson gets his first start since 2011

Chris Lingebach
December 16, 2018 - 12:30 pm
Josh Johnson gets his first start since 2011

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Johnson gets his first NFL start since 2011 when the Redskins take on the Jaguars Sunday.

"I'm really happy that he's getting an opportunity," said Santana Moss during his regular 106.7 The Fan appearance, presented by Paul Henry's Windows.

"Here's a guy that was out there playing basketball, playing Madden, not knowing what his faith was when it comes to ever being able to play in the NFL again," Moss said. "And he has a shot now."

Jay Gruden called Johnson's number midway through last week's 40-16 blowout loss to the Giants, benching Mark Sanchez after he threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Johnson completed 11 of 16 passes for 195 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his first meaningful game action in seven years.

Johnson's last touchdown pass in the NFL prior to last Sunday? A 23-yard toss to Dez Briscoe against the Panthers in Cam Newton's rookie season.

"I'm hoping that the team can put him in some situations where he can be successful and go out there and have fun with it, go out there and play football that most of us played growing up when playing this game," Moss said. "This is a childhood game. I hate watching us, because it seems like it almost hurts those guys to go out there and make plays with the performances that you see. I'm hoping he can go out there and continue to light it up like he did when he got in the game last week."

Follow @ChrisLingebach and @1067TheFan on Twitter