Jets Sign CJ2k
The Jets have signed running back Chris Johnson to a 2-year deal and you can hear Jet fans everywhere yelling in excitement.
This is a wonderful move for the Jets, as they have added another weapon to help on offense, which was a liability last season, now turning into a major strength. The offense was ranked 25th and 29th in the league in total yards and points. After ranking 30th and 28th in 2012, the team desperately needs playmakers if the Jets are to have any hope of breaking their three-year playoff appearance drought in 2014.
The Jets signed just one starting-caliber wide receiver during free agency, Eric Decker, but will likely supplement the position early in next month’s draft. They ranked second-to-last in the NFL last season in passing yards. Their leading pass-catcher, receiver Jeremy Kerley, caught just 43. Johnson has proven a capable receiver.
Last season, he made 42 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns. During his six-year career, he has averaged 45 catches per season, with no fewer than 36 in any one season. Last season, Johnson tied for ninth among NFL running back by averaging 9.4 yards gained after the catch, according to Pro Football Focus. In 2009, Johnson gained an average of 11.4 yards after the catch, fourth among running backs that year. Johnson is also one of 6 running backs in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in his 1st 6 seasons.
He surely boosts an already good backfield, as the Jets were ranked sixth in the NFL with 134.9 rushing yards per game and 10th with 4.4 yards per carry. Their best running back, Chris Ivory, finished 12th in yards per carry, with 4.6.
This move makes sense all the way around; the Jets get a player with a history of durability. He has missed just one game in his career as a rookie in 2008, and averaged 290 carries per season, including 279 and 276 the past two seasons. His playmaking skills will surely help this offense take the next step, as their defense is already one of the best in the league. A big-play, homerun hitter was exactly what this offense needed and it is exactly what they got.
A smart move for the Jets and now CJ2K will play on the biggest and brightest stage in all of sports, New York.
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