On 95.7 The Game Friday Morning, Andrea Kramer reported that the San Francisco 49ers plan to sign QB Josh Johnson next week. The Athletic’s Matt Barrows confirmed that report. Johnson will go through his COVID testing, and once he passes, he’ll be able to practice with the team as soon as next week.
This won’t be Johnson’s first stint in San Francisco. The 34-year-old Johnson has not thrown a pass in the NFL since 2018. Before his stint with Washington in ‘18, where Johnson threw 91 passes, he hadn’t attempted a regular-season pass since 2011. I’m not sure what the team expects to get out of him, but it’s difficult to imagine he’d be worse than what the 49ers trotted out there Thursday night. This tells us what Kyle Shanahan thinks about the current QBs that are on the roster.
Kendrick Bourne received a second negative COVID test Friday morning. That means Bourne, Brandon Aiyuk, Trent Williams, and Deebo Samuel are all eligible to return to the Niners. It’s a good thing the game was played on Thursday night!
The NFL didn’t want to reschedule Thursday night’s game for money purposes. That’s the only solution that made sense. Both teams had COVID questions heading into the game. It could’ve easily been moved to Sunday or Monday, and Green Bay could have figured out their stay. Instead, the game was played, and the Niners were forced to play with a bunch of backups.