According to a report for NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Detroit Lions will work out two quarterbacks on Saturday. Former Buccaneers passer Josh Johnson and former Steelers draft pick Landry Jones will visit Allen Park in the hopes of landing on the Lions’ 90-man roster and potentially beyond.
The Lions are looking for quarterback help after backup quarterback Tom Savage suffered an injury in the team’s preseason opener against the New England Patriots on Thursday night. It appeared Savage’s head hit the turf after being sacked in the first quarter, and he immediately went into the locker room and did not return.
Landry Jones spent four years with the Steelers, appearing in 18 games with five starts. For his NFL career, he’s completed 63.9 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns, seven interceptions and a passer rating of 86.2. He was most recently released from the Raiders in May after spending just two months with the squad.
As for Josh Johnson, the 33-year-old quarterback has been the definition of a journeyman since entering the league as a fifth-round pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Though he has spent time on nine different NFL teams, he has only started eight total games. For his career, he’s completed just 55.2 percent of his snaps for eight touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Last year, Johnson started three games for Washington. As a total, Johnson went 52-for-91 for 590 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions. He went 1-2 as a starter in 2018.
There’s a good chance the Lions will add one of the two players, if for no other reason than to take reps in training camp while Savage recovers from his injury. We’ll see if Savage’s injury is long-term or if these visits are simply a solution to short-term problem.