Barcelona Dragons replace former NFL wide receiver

The Barcelona Dragons have released former NFL wide receiver Austin Duke but already found a replacement!

May 20, 2023
Tim Hanswillemenke
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Barcelona Dragons replace former NFL wide receiver
New Barcelona Dragons wide receiver Josh Johnston during a game at college. © Steve Oathout

Yesterday, the Barcelona Dragons announced the release of former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Austin Duke on social media. Just twelve hours removed from these news, the Spanish franchise already communicates their replacement: Josh Johnston.

The American wideout played at the Colorado School of Mines until the 2022 season and was a prospect for this year’s NFL Draft. During his final year at college, Johnston put up 1373 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns on 77 catches. He also had the longest play of the Mines’ season against Chadron State with a 84-yard touchdown reception. Against Minnesota State, Johnston caught three touchdowns tying his career high.


Despite those numbers, Johnston went undrafted and spent the last weeks at the Denver Broncos Rookie Mini Camp. However, he was not signed to a contract and now decided to play for the Barcelona Dragons in the European League of Football.

As a multi-sport athlete in high school and a full-time starter at college, Johnston has supreme athleticism and experience which will help him to put up some numbers in 2023. The 188cm tall and 88kg heavy wide receiver will join former Leipzig Kings quarterback Connor Miller in Barcelona to potentially reach the playoffs in back-to-back years.


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