QB Brad Johnson - Free Agent

6-5, 219Born: 9-13-1968College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 9, pick

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2008 Week 7 vs STL (17 / 34 / 234 / 1 / 3 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

It was apparent that the 40 year old veteran back up was rusty. He was only able to complete a very modest 17 of 34 on the day. Many of his throws were over thrown or behind his receivers. It was also apparent that the Rams were taking away the underneath routes and baited Johnson to throw it deep. After some turnovers and the score getting out of hand early the Rams could simply pin their ears back and rush the passer. Johnson's lack of mobility was a factor as he was sacked three times and hurried many more times.

2008 Week 8 vs TB (19 / 33 / 122 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Starting his second game in relief of the injured Tony Romo, Johnson is a good game manager but is limited in his skills. He is unable to throw the deep ball accurately and therefore does not attempt many deep passes. The failure to pose a threat in this part of the game limited the Dallas offense and caused the Tampa defense to concentrate on taking away the short game. Johnson does not move around good in the pocket and must rely on his offensive line to keep the pass rush off of him. He was sacked three times, but that was mainly due to the occasional blitz as his offensive line did a good job in protecting him.

2008 Week 9 vs NYG (5 / 11 / 71 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Brad Johnson got his third consecutive start in place of the injured Tony Romo and was only able to play one half before giving way to Brooks Bollinger. Johnson was hurt by his limited mobility in the pocket, poor decision making, and a weak throwing arm. He was sacked twice and was under pressure on numerous other times. His two interceptions were the direct result of poor decisions on his part as neither pass was close to being caught by the intended receiver. It was a slight surprise that Johnson was allowed to finish the first half as television cameras showed Bollinger getting ready to go into the game twice during the first half.

2007 Week 3 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Johnson entered the game on the Cowboys' final driver of the game, but did not throw a pass.

2007 Week 4 vs STL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)

Johnson entered in the fourth quarter, and did not attempt a pass. He finished out the game handing the ball off and running out the clock.

2007 Week 12 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Johnson played the last series with his participation consisting of handing the ball to Barber.

2007 Week 17 vs WAS (7 / 11 / 79 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Johnson entered the game in the third quarter once starter Tony Romo was pulled. He favorite target was Miles Austin.

2006 Week 1 vs WAS (16 / 30 / 223 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Johnson had a 7-2 record last year and again led the Vikings to victory. He hit five different receivers for gains of 20 yards or more, and Marcus Robinson converted one for a 20 yard touchdown. Johnson led the team down the field on the opening drive of the game, finding Troy Williamson for a 46 yard reception, the longest play of the night. Johnson's receivers dropped some catchable balls so his yardage could have been significantly higher. He did not throw an interception in the game, but at least three of his passes were close to being picked off.

2006 Week 2 vs CAR (19 / 31 / 243 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)

Johnson utilized play action fakes early in the game after the Vikings successfully established their running game. He hit WR Travis Taylor on a crossing pattern that Taylor took up the right sideline setting up a Longwell field goal getting Minnesota the early lead. On the second Vikings' possession Johnson made a terrible choice and was lucky to not have a pass intercepted on a short dump pass across the middle. It didn't improve much through the first half as Minnesota proceeded to leave the field after three consecutive three and outs. Johnson wasn't able to put much zip on his passes and more than a few could have been labeled floaters. He leaned on WR Troy Williamson late when he needed a play.

2006 Week 3 vs CHI (21 / 31 / 194 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Johnson finished the day completing 21 of 31 passes for 193 yards. The Vikings' offense was victimized by a number of penalties negating plays for the offense. Johnson was his normal efficient self and didn't do anything outstanding, nor did he do anything to hurt the team.

2006 Week 4 vs BUF (25 / 44 / 267 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)

Johnson finished the day completing 25 of 44 passes for 267 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He did not look sharp with his passes and had numerous overthrown attempts both short and deep downfield. His receivers' added to his lackluster game with several dropped balls. Johnson's only touchdown of the game came in the fourth quarter when he pumped faked, stepped up in the pocket and launched a beautiful 29 yard spiral to Marcus Robinson. He had two second half interceptions in the game, one led to a field goal for Buffalo. In fairness to Johnson, one of his interceptions was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Johnson also fumbled the snap from center but was able to recover the ball for Minnesota.

2006 Week 5 vs DET (26 / 34 / 201 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Johnson didn't look too good in the early going, throwing mostly underneath and taking few chances downfield. The one time he did try to go up top, he was hit as he threw and the ball was easily intercepted by the Lions. He was also very nearly picked off by Daniel Bullocks on a deep ball, but the pass was dropped. The Vikings ran an extremely conservative offense under Johnson, and he had very few opportunities to score. On one close scoring chance, RB Mewelde Moore took a nine yard screen pass to the three yard line, which led to a Longwell field goal. Johnson did manage to find the end zone once, rolling out and hitting Travis Taylor for a short three yard score. But with the defense playing as well as it did, there was really no need to give Johnson any more leeway and take any chances.

2006 Week 7 vs SEA (15 / 24 / 171 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)

Johnson played mistake free football in leading a balanced Vikings' offense to victory. The crowd noise at Qwest Field has been known to get into the heads of opposing offenses, but Johnson's veteran leadership kept his team calm and the Vikings committed none of the dreaded false start penalties that usually plague visiting offenses. His stat line was a rather pedestrian 15 of 24 for 171 yards and one touchdown.

2006 Week 8 vs NE (20 / 33 / 185 / 0 / 3 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Johnson did not play well. He was intercepted twice in the first half, and made several poor decisions. On one play he tried to go deep for Bethel Johnson and threw into triple coverage and was lucky that the pass fell incomplete. Johnson almost found Williamson for a 44 yard touchdown in the second half, but Williamson was unable to make the catch. Johnson was intercepted for a third time after being hit as he threw. He gave way to Brooks Bollinger for the final twelve minutes of the game with the Vikings down by 24.

2006 Week 9 vs SF (21 / 31 / 136 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Not only did Johnson fail to make plays in this game, but he failed to protect the ball. He started out well in this game as he completed his first ten passes. Johnson's only scoring drive in the game was a 15 play, 69 yard drive on the first possession that led to a field goal. It was all down hill after that and he only finished with 136 yards passing as the Vikings were unable to sustain drives and convert third downs. Things started turning sour for Johnson and the Vikings' offense early in the second quarter. The Minnesota line failed to pick up the San Francisco blitz on the left side of the line allowing defensive tackle Marques Douglas to hit Johnson on his blind side and force a fumble in the second quarter. San Francisco recovered the ball deep in Vikings territory and converted the turnover into three points. Johnson had another turnover in the third quarter when the ball was batted from receiver Troy Williamson in the third quarter. Johnson did have a 65 yard touchdown pass to Chester Taylor that was called back on a penalty in the third quarter. Johnson's third turnover came in the fourth quarter when he was sacked and fumbled the ball. He had a chance to win the game with less then two minutes left but the Vikings offense floundered deep in 49ers territory and came up empty once again.

2006 Week 10 vs GB (18 / 30 / 257 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Johnson had a good first half as he was ten for 14 for 165 yards and one touchdown, but he did have a costly turnover in the half. On the first play of the Vikings second drive of the game, Johnson was sacked and lost the football. The Packers recovered the ball and turned it into a touchdown eventually. The Vikings' line didn't have its best game as they gave up four sacks and had trouble picking up the blitz. After the turnover Johnson came back by leading the Vikings on a 72 yard touchdown drive that was finished off with 40 yard pass to Billy McMullen. Johnson almost had a second touchdown pass in the second quarter to Chester Taylor, but he fumble just before crossing the goal line and wide receiver Billy McMullen fell on the ball for six points. Johnson's other big play in the half was a deep pass to Bethel Johnson for 40 yards in which he hit him in full stride down the right sideline. Johnson and the Vikings' offense struggled in the second half as they only managed to score three points. He had an interception on a deep ball thrown down the left sideline on a pass to Bethel Johnson who appeared to quit on the route. Johnson and the offense were not able to make any big plays in the second half and struggled to make first downs.

2006 Week 11 vs MIA (26 / 44 / 262 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 19 / 0 rush)

Johnson started the game strong by going five for six for 47 yards on the first Vikings' drive of the game and leading Minnesota to a touchdown. But the offense struggled again after that first drive and Johnson had only 39 more yards of passing in the first half. Clearly the Vikings had trouble spreading the field with there passing game and didn't even attempt once to go deep in the first half. Johnson moved the ball more effectively in the second half as he had 176 yards passing, but could not get a touchdown pass. Mistakes in the fourth quarter were costly for the Vikings, and Johnson threw a game ending interception with four minutes left in the game after Miami had just scored on fumble recovery to take the lead in the game. Johnson tried to throw a dump off pass to his running back, but Dolphin defensive end Jason Taylor stepped into the passing lane and intercepted the ball. Taylor returned the ball 51 yards for a touchdown. Johnson led the Vikings back down the field with less then two minutes left in which they had to convert several fourth downs to keep the drive alive. He almost had a touchdown pass with one second left, but Jeff Dugan was unable to gain possession of the ball in the end zone before stepping out of bounds. Johnson received good pass protection through most of the game with the exception to a couple of breakdowns on a few plays. The Vikings were never able to spread the field out and go deep on the Dolphins defense, instead they relied on short to medium range passes all game to move the ball through the passing game.

2006 Week 12 vs ARI (27 / 41 / 271 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)

Johnson had a good first half throwing for 132 yards and one touchdown. His only touchdown pass of the half came with less then one minute left before halftime on a 17 yard completion to Marcus Robinson. Johnson played pretty well in the half despite missing on a couple of deep balls. He did a good job of finding open receivers. Johnson came out hot in the second half leading Minnesota on an 80 yard drive for touchdown to start the second half. He hit Billy McMullen on a nine yard slant for his second touchdown pass of the game. He managed the second half well, and did a good job of protecting the ball and not turning it over. Johnson's third touchdown pass came in the fourth quarter to Jeff Dugan after a Cardinals turnover. He hit Dugan in the back of end zone on a three yard pass as he rolled out to his right after moving the offense 35 yards on the drive. Johnson had his best game of the year and having a healthy Marcus Robinson seemed to help him a lot. He targeted Robinson and tight end Jermaine Wiggins the most during the game.

2006 Week 13 vs CHI (11 / 26 / 73 / 0 / 4 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)

Johnson had a poor first half by going eight for 17 for 39 yards in the first half. He and the Vikings offense got the ball in great field position when the Bears fumbled the initial kickoff of the game. But they squandered this opportunity and the offense went three and out, and had to punt the ball. This pretty much set the tone for Johnson in the game as he struggled to move the ball on offense. He threw a bad interception on the second series of the game when he floated a ball over the head of his intended target. Late in the first half, Johnson missed Marcus Robinson deep down the sideline for what could have been a big play for the Vikings. It was first and only deep ball attempted by Johnson in the game. Even though the Bears turned the ball over four times in the first half, Johnson and the passing game were totally ineffective and were unable to capitalize on good field position several times. Johnson was supposed to be a game manger for the Vikings, but was a game mismanager as his three interceptions killed the Vikings' offense in the second half. Johnson's second interception of the game wasn't his fault as he attempted to hit a wide open Jeff Dugan. Dugan had the ball hit him in the chest and deflect up in the air for an interception. This was a big play since the Vikings would have had the ball inside the Bears 30 yard line had he caught it and the game was still close. His third interception would be his fault and would cost the Vikings seven points. He threw a ball right to Ricky Manning and Manning took the ball 46 yards for a touchdown. On the very next play, he threw a careless interception to Brian Urlacher. Johnson was benched after his fourth interception in the game for backup Brooks Bollinger. Johnson was not only careless with the ball but he was very inaccurate on his passes as many of his throws were behind receivers and he had trouble hitting receivers in full stride even when they were wide open.

2006 Week 14 vs DET (14 / 22 / 159 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 10 / 1 rush)

Johnson got the start in the game despite an awful performance and getting benched the week before in Chicago. He got off to a good start as he led Minnesota on 80 yard touchdown drive on their first possession of the game. Johnson went four for six for 47 yards on that drive that ended with three yard touchdown run. On the third possession of the game for the Vikings' offense, they got the ball deep in Detroit territory off a turnover. Johnson ran the ball into the end zone from the three yard line as he rolled out to his right to cap a 22 yard drive. It was Johnson's first rushing touchdown since 2001. Just as it seemed the Vikings were taking total control of the game up 20-0, Johnson threw an interception that Jamar Fletcher took it back 89 yards for a touchdown. He finished the half ten for 15 for 124 yards, and one interception. Johnson didn't make many plays in the second half as he missed open receivers on the few plays the Vikings choose to throw he ball. He was only four for seven for 35 yards in the second half. Minnesota went to a more conservative offense and weren't as effective moving the ball in the second half. Johnson was more of a caretaker in the second half as Minnesota tried to protect their lead, and not make anymore big mistakes on offense.

2006 Week 15 vs NYJ (10 / 17 / 96 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Johnson had a pedestrian game once again, not making any mistakes but also not making many big plays either. He did connect on the Vikings' third play of the game with WR Travis Taylor for a 30 yard touchdown, but he completed only eight more passes for just 66 yards for the next 40+ minutes of the game. Johnson missed a few receivers on crossing routes, throwing behind the open man, but for the most part he just could not provide the spark to get Minnesota's sputtering offense in gear. HC Brad Childress needed a catalyst, so he benched Johnson for the third time this year with one play to go in the third quarter for the younger QB Tarvaris Jackson. It remains to be seen if Johnson will get the start in Week 16 or for that matter the rest of the season.

2006 Week 17 vs STL (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Johnson came in for two plays after Jackson hurt his arm late in the third quarter and he completed his only pass of the game for 12 yards.

2005 Week 8 vs CAR (13 / 28 / 162 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 30 / 0 rush)

Johnson came in to start the second quarter after the injury to Culpepper. He looked rusty and it did not help that the offensive line provided him little time to find his targets. Several of his incomplete passes were caused by the defensive pressure and not allowing him to step and follow through with his arm, thus overthrowing his intended target. Johnson completed 13 of 28 passes for 162 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. He also managed to scramble for 30 yards when flushed from the pocket. With the season ending injury to Culpepper, Johnson will be expected to take over as quarterback and provide his veteran leadership.

2005 Week 9 vs DET (15 / 22 / 136 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Johnson was effective, yet unspectacular in his first start as Vikings quarterback since the 1998 season. He exceeded expectations with a solid performance, throwing two touchdown passes and no interceptions. Johnson looked very confident and comfortable in the pocket and was given ample time to pass from his offensive line. He completed 15 of 22 pass attempts for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson's first touchdown was a well executed inside screen pass to Bennett for a five yard score. Aided by a Detroit offsides penalty, Johnson took a shot in the end zone on the free play and Nate Burleson made a fantastic grab for the 15 yard touchdown. Johnson's only blemish on the day was a lost fumble after being sacked by the Lions.

2005 Week 10 vs NYG (18 / 31 / 144 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Johnson was five of 12 for 11 yards in the first half, when the Vikings' offense was unable to do anything. The second half was better for Johnson (12-19 for 133 yards), but not great. Johnson was able to produce for the Viking's game winning drive; he hit four straight passes for 46 yards to get Minnesota into field goal range at the Giants' 30 yard line. Johnson was sacked four times and was under pressure throughout the game. He usually did not have time to throw downfield early in the game, but had better luck in the second half. He also took care of the ball (zero turnovers).

2005 Week 11 vs GB (18 / 30 / 196 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)

Johnson improved to 3-0 as the Vikings' starter. He wore a glove on his throwing hand that seemed to affect his passes early in the game. This led to his first half interception, a wobbly, floating pass that was easily snagged by Green Bay rookie Nick Collins. Otherwise, Johnson was merely efficient, completing a rather low percentage of his passes, and throwing no touchdowns. His favorite targets were tight end Jermaine Wiggins and wide receiver Koren Robinson. He had a nice 16 yard run on the opening drive of the game. Johnson fumbled the ball twice, losing one of them to the Packers.

2005 Week 12 vs CLE (19 / 28 / 207 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)

Johnson had an efficient day, completing 67% of his passes for an average of 7.4 yards per passing attempt and three touchdowns en route to a 110.4 passer rating on the day. Johnson clearly recognizes the strengths of those players around him, and utilizes those strengths throughout the day in situations where he finds them most useful and necessary. This is especially evident in throwing the fade to the big body of Marcus Robinson in the end zone, and taking advantage of the mismatch each time Jermaine Wiggins slides out for a pass to pick up a first down.

2005 Week 13 vs DET (17 / 23 / 256 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)

Johnson continues to manage the Vikings' offense effectively without the costly turnovers that plagued this team in the early season. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown. Johnson uses the play action fake as well as any quarterback in the league and the former Super Bowl winning quarterback's throw to Koren Robinson on the first play from scrimmage was a thing of beauty. Johnson's 256 yards passing put him over the 25,000 yard mark on his career.

2005 Week 14 vs STL (16 / 25 / 146 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Johnson ran the Vikings win streak to six games as he once again managed the Vikings' offense without costly turnovers. He completed 16 of 25 passes for 146 yards, no touchdowns but more importantly no interceptions. During the six game win streak, Johnson has allowed just one interception while throwing five touchdowns. Johnson led the Vikings on two touchdown drives of 80 yards including the first score of the game when he completed five of five attempts for 38 yards.

2005 Week 15 vs PIT (16 / 30 / 143 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Johnson has proven to be a reliable veteran in leading the Vikings to a six game winning streak. But in every win he's had help in one form or another. Yesterday he had no help from his running game or special teams. He was efficient in the first half completing 14 of 21, but he also shot himself in the foot early in the second quarter, with the Vikings on Pittsburgh's six yard line by forcing a shovel pass to Koren Robinson, who tipped it right to Joey Porter for an interception. Johnson ruined their next scoring chance in the red zone by tossing a floater intended for Marcus Robinson, but closer to Deshea Townsend for another interception just before halftime. Things really fell apart in the second half as he completed two of nine attempts for nine yards.

2005 Week 16 vs BAL (25 / 36 / 248 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Johnson started the game going five for five on the Vikings opening drive with a gift touchdown from CB Chris McAllister. McAllister allowed WR Travis Taylor to run by him into the end zone alone. Johnson unloaded the ball quickly on short dump passes all game long. He nearly threw an interception on a deep seam route, but got lucky when S Ed Reed dropped a sure pick. Johnson followed that up with another near interception on his next drive to Reed again. After two shaky possessions Johnson put together a great drive just before halftime. He hit six different receivers (nine total before halftime) before drilling a bullet into TE Jermaine Wiggins in close quarters at the goal line. He did a nice job of pump faking with the ball making the safety hesitate before delivering the pass to Wiggins for the score. Johnson started to face more of a pass rush in the second half. He was able to get rid of the ball quickly on most plays, but his accuracy suffered as a result. Johnson had a chance late to bring Minnesota back, but after being flushed form the pocket he fumbled as he was being pulled to the ground.

2005 Week 17 vs CHI (27 / 40 / 247 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Minnesota's plan of attack was really quite obvious. They would go at Chicago with a series of short, quick passes. Everything was completed underneath, and Johnson rarely took shots downfield. The offense worked, however, as they were able to put up nearly 250 yards and 2 scores through the air. Despite the fact that the Vikings were never able to connect on a deep ball, they at least kept the Chicago defense honest by taking the occasional shot downfield. Johnson caught breaks on two occasions. One, a ball he threw was nearly intercepted by Nathan Vasher, but the CB couldn't hang on. Two, another pass in the end zone was deflected in the air, where it hung up for several seconds but it eventually fell harmlessly to the turf incomplete. It's a bit early to speculate on Johnson's status for 2006 and for your sake hopefully your keeper notification can wait awhile...and hopefully Brad Johnson isn't a potential keeper. The good news is, even if either of these is true, we've got plenty of opportunities to help you out. With the status of Daunte Culpepper up in the air due to his knee injury, Johnson could be something of an intriguing late-round pick for 2006.