INDIANAPOLIS — At the extremity of the Jets’ 45-30 nonaccomplishment to the Colts connected Thursday night, Josh Johnson walked astir the visitors’ locker country astatine Lucas Oil Stadium and thanked each of his teammates for their effort.
Johnson, the Jets’ third-string quarterback, was forced into work successful the archetypal 4th erstwhile No. 2 backmost Mike White was knocked retired with an limb injury. Johnson should person been the subordinate successful that locker country being thanked by the remainder of his teammates.
Before helium played a fewer snaps connected Sunday against the Bengals erstwhile White was concisely knocked from that game, Johnson had not played since 2018. He performed admirably Thursday, completing 27 of 41 passes for 317 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception and a standing of 103.4.
While the Jets were getting blown retired due to the fact that of their porous defense, Johnson kept the discourtesy relevant. That’s a recognition to him considering earlier past week, helium had spent the play connected the signifier squad. He was elevated to the Jets’ regular roster earlier each of the past 2 games.
Johnson, too, has had to motion disconnected the disappointment of the Jets trading for seasoned Joe Flacco aft rookie starter Zach Wilson injured his knee.
When asked astir the “whirlwind’’ week, Johnson said: “Pretty overmuch my full vocation has been whirlwind, truthful it’s conscionable thing you benignant of expect. I’ve gotten utilized to it. I conscionable tried to bash champion I tin to hole and amusement the squad that they tin trust connected maine erstwhile they request me.’’
Johnson, who was drafted by the Buccaneers successful 2009, has started conscionable 8 games successful his NFL career. He played successful the Alliance of American Football successful 2019 and successful the XFL successful 2020 earlier the Jets brought him connected committee arsenic an security 3rd stringer.
Johnson said the feeling erstwhile White went retired was “two-fold, due to the fact that you consciousness for your teammate, your brother, a feline who you’ve gotten adjacent with, due to the fact that being a backup backmost you don’t get excessively immoderate opportunities.
“The 2nd happening is you got to get acceptable to go,’’ Johnson went on. “For maine personally, it was similar ‘just breathe.’ Even successful twelvemonth 13, you inactive get butterflies and person to settee in.’’
When helium did settee in, the Jets were capable to enactment up 20 second-half points.
“We don’t get a batch of reps arsenic backups,’’ Johnson said. “I was throwing to guys contiguous I haven’t thrown to. I was taking snaps from Connor [McGovern, the starting center] and hadn’t taken galore snaps with him.
“These guys haven’t been successful the huddle with maine before. For me, it was showing the guys I won’t blink.’’
“He stepped successful and didn’t flinch,’’ said rookie receiver Elijah Moore, who caught 1 of his 2 TD passes from Johnson.
“He didn’t miss a beat,’’ linebacker C.J. Mosley said. “He showed his resilience. After the game, helium told everyone connected the locker country helium appreciated us. We admit him.’’