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New York Jets: How Good Will Chris Johnson Be This Year?

by Thomas Duffy | Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2014
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Chris Johnson loves him some Chris Johnson.

And rightfully so. Throughout his six years in the NFL, Johnson has been a stud. In 2009, CJ2k broke onto the scene as one the league’s top backs, rushing for 2,006 yards and 14 touchdowns. Since then, Johnson has yet to come close to the 2,000-yard mark, but he’s never been under 1,400 total yards.

“I’ve never been a guy who’s had under a 1,000 yards,” he told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “There’s a thousand backs out there that wish they could rush for 1,000 yards. And I’ve done that every year of my career. So, it is what it is.”

After six years with the Tennessee Titans, the team released Johnson this summer. Tennessee gave him an exorbitant contract– which, at the time, was warranted — and wanted to start over. The run-heavy New York Jets wisely brought him on board to serve as the lead RB.

So far, he’s been impressive. Jets lineback David Harris told Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post that Johnson hasn’t lost a step,

“Oh yeah, he still has it,’’ linebacker David Harris said. “We noticed it the first day when we were in Cortland. He’s still the fastest guy on the field. He’s still got a lot of juice in those legs.’’

Bruising back Chris Ivory, a fellow member of the Dreadlock Association, will take carries away from CJ, and Bilal Powell is still in the mix.

But Johnson is the guy for the Jets. And with Geno Smith likely to start at quarterback, New York is going to rely heavily on its running game.

The Jets were the seventh-best rushing team in the league a season ago, and could actually crack the top five in 2014 thanks to the 29-year-old Johnson.

“It’s crazy, because people act like I’m a 10-, 12-, 13-year vet,’’ Johnson said, per the Post. “I’ve only played six years and I’ve done so much in this league a lot of people think I’m older than what I am.”

Johnson has done a lot in this league, and he doesn’t get enough credit for it. Don’t expect him to rush for 2,000 yards again, but count on CJ-NYJ to bolster an already solid ground-and-pound team with another strong, explosive season running the football.

Thomas Duffy writes for Bleacher Report and Seton Hall’s school newspaper, The Setonian.

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