Date of birth : 1981-03-12
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Venice, California
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-12-02
Jonathan Paul "J. P." Losman is an American football quarterback who is currently a member of the Seattle Seahawks. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills 22nd overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at UCLA and Tulane.
After a notable high school career at Venice High School where he earned Parade All-American honors and was rated the No. 3 quarterback in the nation by PrepStar Magazine, Losman accepted an athletic scholarship to attend college at UCLA. He enrolled early during the spring quarter of 1999, in order to compete for the starting quarterback position. Losman wanted that he be named the starting quarterback. However, UCLA informed him that he would not be the starter, and he transferred.
Losman eventually transferred to Tulane University to play for then-head coach Chris Scelfo, who had made a late recruiting run at him just prior to his committing to UCLA.
After sitting out the 1999 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Losman served as the backup quarterback for two seasons behind future NFL 1st round pick Patrick Ramsey. Losman would see spot starter's duty in his first two seasons. He passed for 299 yards and 2 touchdowns in his first start against East Carolina during his freshman season. In 2002, his first year as a full-time starter, Losman led the Green Wave to an 8-5 record and a 36-28 victory in the inaugural Hawaii Bowl against the host-team Hawaii Warriors. Following a 3-1 start in the 2003 season, Tulane suffered multiple injuries that depleted its already thin depth on defense, and slumped to a 5-7 finish. Losman completed his collegiate career having completed 570-of-987 passes (57.7 percent) for 6,754 yards, 60 touchdowns, and 27 interceptions. He also ran for 241 yards, with 10 scores on 237 carries.
While at Tulane, he earned a political science degree with a minor in media arts.
After the Buffalo Bills selected Wisconsin wide receiver Lee Evans with the 13th pick of the 2004 Draft, the Bills traded back into the first round by trading their second round pick to the Dallas Cowboys and selected Losman with the 22nd pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. He was the first quarterback to be drafted by the Bills in the first round since 1983, when the team drafted Jim Kelly. Like Kelly, Losman was drafted in a quarterback-rich class, and was the fourth (and final) quarterback taken in the first round that year, following Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger.
Losman's NFL career got off to a shaky start during his first training camp when teammate Troy Vincent ran into Losman and broke his leg in a freak accident. Losman suffered a broken left fibula, which delayed his development as a rookie. He eventually recovered and saw limited action in the 2004 NFL season, appearing briefly in three games and completing 3-of-5 passes for 32 yards and 1 interception while backing up Drew Bledsoe. Following the Bills' February 2005 release of Bledsoe, Losman was named the team's starting quarterback by head coach Mike Mularkey.
In the first game of the 2005 season (Losman's first professional start), Losman led the Bills to a 22-7 victory over the Houston Texans. Losman subsequently struggled with his accuracy and, consequently, his confidence; with those struggles followed consecutive Bills losses. This eventually led the Bills to bench Losman in favor of veteran quarterback Kelly Holcomb in the fifth game of the 2005 season. After Holcomb suffered a head injury in the first quarter of the Bills' Week 10 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Losman returned to the lineup and threw two quick touchdown strikes to Lee Evans, leading the Bills to a 14-3 victory. The Bills went on to lose all but one of their remaining games in 2005 with Holcomb and Losman splitting time under center.
The Bills cleaned house during the following off-season, with changes in management and the coaching staff. Marv Levy, the team's new general manager and former Bills head coach, and Dick Jauron, the new head coach, planned on having Losman compete for the starting job against Holcomb and free-agent signee Craig Nall. Losman won the job during the preseason.
Losman was considered by many to be a bust until his much-improved 2006 season, in which he threw 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 16 games, with 300-yard games against the New York Jets and Houston Texans. Losman led last-minute, fourth quarter scoring drives to beat the Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars. Losman had a 62.5 completion percentage for the season, a record for Buffalo Bill quarterbacks in a full 16-game season. He was rated the 11th best passer in the NFL, with an 84.9 passer rating.
Losman's performance over the last half of the 2006 season was greatly improved. However, the offense as a whole was hurt by a below-average rushing attack that created many 3rd and long situations. After the season, the Bills traded Willis McGahee to the Baltimore Ravens and drafted Cal running back Marshawn Lynch with the 12th overall selection of the 2007 Draft and Fresno State running back Dwayne Wright in the 4th round.
Losman was also mired behind a sieve-like offensive line for most of the first half of the 2006 season; subsequent personnel changes made during the Bills bye week resulted in improved offensive line play and, consequently, more improved and consistent production from Losman. Following the season, the Bills further bolstered their offensive line in free agency, signing guard Derrick Dockery, right tackle Langston Walker, and guard/center Jason Whittle.
The Bills drafted Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards with the 92nd overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Edwards was considered by many to be the 3rd best available quarterback prospect in the draft (behind #1 overall JaMarcus Russell and #22 overall Brady Quinn), but waited until late in the 3rd round prior to the Bills selection. Public statements from the Bills coaching staff and management reaffirmed Losman's title as the Bills undisputed starting quarterback after the draft.
For 2007, Buffalo offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild indicated that with the improved offensive line he plans to employ a more wide-open offense utilizing multiple wide receiver sets and taking greater advantage of the running backs in the passing game.
On September 23 Losman suffered a grade one sprain of his left knee in the first series of plays in a game against New England. Losman was hit late after completing a four-yard pass to Marshawn Lynch by New England nose tackle Vince Wilfork, who was assessed a 15 yard roughing the passer penalty.
"It was just a simple swing pass to get an early completion. The guy came in, hit me in the knee," said Losman, who stayed in the game for two plays "I knew something was wrong from the get-go, but I figured I'd play a few plays and maybe the pain would go away."
Losman was out for the next two games and was available for the October 21 home game against the Baltimore Ravens, but Dick Jauron chose to give Edwards the nod, just for the week. Edwards performance impressed Jauron enough that on October 23, Trent Edwards was named the starting quarterback for the Bills, having won 2 of the 3 games he started. Reports surfaced, however, that many players on the team were unhappy about Losman losing his job. The reports continued to allege that team owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. wanted Losman benched so that he could not reach the statistical milestones needed for his bonus.
In an October 28, 2007 game at the New York Jets, Edwards injured his wrist and was replaced by Losman. Losman led the Bills on two consecutive scoring drives, including one that ended with an 85-yard touchdown pass to WR Lee Evans. Starting the next game for injured Trent Edwards, Losman threw for almost 300 yards and one touchdown to lead the Buffalo Bills to a win.
At the end of the season Losman was upset about losing his job to Edwards and wanted to be traded, but said he would play out the season if necessary.
Though he wanted to be traded, Losman continued playing for the Bills in 2008. Losman played in place of an injured Trent Edwards intermittently throughout the season with limited success. The team did not win a game with Losman.
Losman's contract expired at the end of the 2008 season and the Bills made no effort to keep him, instead replacing him with Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Las Vegas Locomotives
Losman was drafted by the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL. He signed with the Locomotives on July 21, 2009. On November 27, 2009, he helped lead them to the inaugural UFL Championship.
Losman worked out for the Indianapolis Colts on December 4, 2009 due to their backup quarterback, Jim Sorgi becoming injured in practice.
With injury to starting quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, the Raiders signed Losman on December 15, 2009.
Losman made his first Oakland appearance against the Denver Broncos on December 20, 2009, throwing one incomplete pass after both QBs Charlie Frye and JaMarcus Russell suffered injuries and had to leave the game.
On May 18, 2010, Losman signed with the Seattle Seahawks. He was released on September 4.
On November 2, 2010 Losman worked out for the Washington Redskins.
On November 10, 2010 Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reported via Sirius Radio that the Seahawks had signed Losman.
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