The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed former New York Jets center, Wesley Johnson.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) March 29, 2018
Contract details were not disclosed.
The 27-year old was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth-round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
After being cut mid-season his rookie year, he was claimed off waivers by the Jets. The 6-foot-5 lineman was in New York up until this offseason.
Johnson has appeared in 41 total career games with 24 starts in four seasons.
In 2017, he was slated to be the starting center after the departure of Nick Mangold. Johnson ended up starting 15 games and was graded the worst center in football by PFF (31.3 overall grade).
New #Lions C Wesley Johnson allowed 2 sacks, 6 hits, 15 hurries for a total of 23 pressures– 6th most for NFL centers last year.
Per PFF, he had the lowest run blocking grade and the 2nd lowest pass blocking grade of the ranked centers.
Depth signing. Firmly on roster bubble
— Logan Lamorandier (@LLamorandier) March 29, 2018
At the very least, Johnson is an athletic big man.
— Erik Schlitt (@erikschlitt) March 29, 2018
Unfortunately, his solid athleticsm hasn’t translated into solid play. Sometimes it just takes a change of scenery, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
His role in the team is still yet to be determined, but it shouldn’t be anything more than a depth signing.