49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has said he has five No. 1 receivers. He doesn’t have five No. 1 quarterbacks. Or even four. Or even two.
But he has one No. 4 quarterback. An despite what the depth chart says, his name is Josh Johnson.
It was supposed to be one of the great battles of August — Johnson vs. Colin Kaepernick for the privilege to be the man who would get the nod if/when Alex Smith is injured or benched.
But Johnson was the fourth guy into the game on Friday night against the Vikings. And he said that he typically has been the fourth guy in, all year.
“Since I’ve gotten here, it’s pretty much been that order,” Johnson said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.
That puts Johnson, who played for Harbaugh at the University of San Diego, behind Smith and Kaepernick and Scott “‘I’ Before ‘E’ Except After ‘C” Tolzien.
“All I really care about is the opportunity to go out and compete and show what I can do,” Johnson said. “Whatever happens is going to happen. It’s out of my control. . . . All I want to do is go out there, lead the offense, put good things on tape and let the chips fall where they fall. That’s the NFL.”
The chips may fall with Johnson falling off the roster, unless the team decides to carry four quarterbacks into the season.