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21 Chris Johnson RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/203 | Birthdate: 9/23/1985 | Birthplace: Orlando, FL, USA | Team: New York | College: East Carolina | NFL Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 70/21 | Average Draft Position: 63.52
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Video shows RB Chris Johnson working out again


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Veteran running back Chris Johnson, who was shot in the shoulder earlier in the offseason, is back working out, a TMZ video has revealed. He is shown doing sprints and pumping his arm to show that the bullet wound is no longer bothering him.

The 29-year-old Johnson is seeking employment as a free agent after a poor season with the Jets in which he rushed for less than 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. He finished with 663 yards on 155 carries for a 4.3 YPC average.


Report: Gun charges dropped for RB Chris Johnson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Free agent running back Chris Johnson took to social media on Wednesday to announce that his gun charges were dropped. NJ.com confirmed that Johnson had a misdemeanor gun charge against him from back in January dropped.

Johnson was arrested on Jan. 9 in his hometown of Orlando for open carrying of a firearm. In a different incident, the former Titans and Jets running back was involved in a fatal drive-by shooting last weekend that killed one of his friends. Johnson was also shot in the shoulder, but was released from a local hospital a day later.

Johnson, 29, became a free agent on Tuesday after the Jets declined to exercise the $500,000 option for 2015. He started just six games at running back in 2014, totaling 663 yards on 155 carries.

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Reports: Chris Johnson shot in arm, recovering at hospital


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Free-agent running back Chris Johnson is recovering at an Orlando hospital after being shot in the arm Saturday night, NFL.com reports.

Johnson has been training in Los Angeles, FOXSports.com reports, but was back home this weekend an riding around with friends when his car took gunfire. One person in the car, the driver, was killed, according to ESPNNewYork.com.

Johnson is stable and expected to be OK following the shooting. No arrests have been made at this time.


Chris Johnson rips former GM John Idzik for mismanagement of Jets


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Former Jets running back Chris Johnson is just a little bitter about being cut by the team. Mostly, because, in his opinion, former general manager John Idzik lied to him about what his position would be with the team.

"Basically, it was a situation where I was going there to be the guy or whatever," Johnson said on the Rich Eisen Show Monday. "It was still said, yeah, both guys [Johnson and Ivory] were going to get playing time. I think it was like after the [third] game or something like that, it just switched over and I started getting less and less playing time, and not knowing where it came from."

Johnson started just six games at running back in 2014, totaling 663 yards on 155 carries. 

"I never wanted to be a cancer in the locker room, or be the bad guy, so all I could really do is take advantage of my opportunities, talk to Rex, talk to [Anthony Lynn] the running back coach," Johnson said.

He is now free to join any team that will have him.

"It just didn't jell; it just didn't work out," Johnson said. "That being said, I think it was a good thing I did my contract how I did it. Basically, I was on a one-year deal with an option of a second year. I know how I feel when I'm working out and all those types of things, so I'm just very excited to see what lies ahead.


Jets officially cut ties with embattled RB Chris Johnson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2015) As expected, the Jets have declined to exercise the $500,000 option for 2015 on running back Chris Johnson. The embattled running back will become an unrestricted free agent again on March 10, per the team's official website.

Johnson signed a two-year, $8 million with the Jets last offseason, but endured an underwhelming season working with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. He took 155 handoffs for 663 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and a touchdown, adding 24 catches for 151 yards and another score. He was arrested last month in his hometown of Orlando for open carrying of a firearm, a second-degree misdemeanor.


Report: Jets expected to part ways with Chris Johnson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2015) The Jets are expected to part ways with running back Chris Johnson in the next couple of days, a league source told Metro New York on Friday.

Johnson signed a two-year, $8 million contract last offseason, and the Jets have until Feb. 16 to decide whether to pay his $500,000 option bonus. Johnson put together a disappointing season, rushing 155 times for 663 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and a touchdown. He was also arrested in January for open carrying of a firearm.


Chris Ivory to see smaller role in 2015?


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/9/2015) Although there's a good chance the Jets will release running back Chris Johnson, running back Chris Ivory still could face a smaller role due to Chan Gailey's offense, reports ESPN.com.

Gailey's spread attack "puts a premium on a running back who can play in space and catch the ball," the website said. "That could mean a smaller role for Ivory."

Ivory (6-0, 222 pounds) is entering the final year of his deal. He played 42 percent of the snaps last season, compared to 37 percent for Johnson, per the website.

ESPN.com says the "ideal fit" for the Jets would be impending free agent C.J. Spiller, who had his best year, 2012, playing for Gailey in Buffalo.


Report: Jets 'probably' will release RB Chris Johnson


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/5/2015) Jets running back Chris Johnson is scheduled to count $5.25 million against the cap in 2015, "steep for a player who would be no more than a part-time back again," reports ESPN.com. The Jets would save $3.5 million by releasing Johnson, and "that probably will be the outcome."

The move could happen relatively soon, because the team has until Feb. 16 to decide whether to pay Johnson's $500,000 option bonus. Johnson, who signed a two-year, $8 million contract last offseason, will turn 30 in September and "isn't close to being the player he once was," the report said.

Splitting time with Chris Ivory, Johnson rushed 155 times for 663 yards (4.3 ypc) and a touchdown, adding 24 catches for 151 yards and another score. He was arrested last month in his hometown of Orlando for open carrying of a firearm, a second-degree misdemeanor.


Report: Jets' Chris Johnson arrested for open carry of firearm


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2015) Jets running back Chris Johnson was arrested Friday night in his hometown of Orlando for open carrying of a firearm, a second degree misdemeanor, per Pro Football Talk.

Johnson has a license to carry in the state of Florida, but the Sunshine State along with five other states (California, New York, Illinois, South Carolina and Texas) have banned open carry of handguns. At this point, neither details about the incident, nor an immediate court date have been made available.

Johnson signed a two-year, $4 million contract last year. He rushed for a career-low 663 yards and one touchdown in his first season for Gang Green. Johnson is due approximately $2 million next season, but with a new front office expected to take over in New York, his future remains uncertain.


Jets' Percy Harvin, Nick Mangold deemed questionable in Week 17


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin (rib) and center Nick Mangold (ankle) are the most notable players listed as questionable for Sunday's season finale at Miami. Defensive lineman Damon Harrison (illness), safety Jaiquawn Jarrett (shoulder), safety Dawan Landry (illness), cornerback Darrin Walls (shoulder) and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson (toe, illness) joined Mangold and Harvin as questionable for Sunday.

Meanwhile, the following players were deemed probable: Safety Antonio Allen (hand), guard Willie Colon (knee), kicker Nick Folk (right hip), running back Chris Ivory (hamstring) and running back Chris Johnson (knee).

Safety Rontez Miles (shin) was the only player on New York's final injury report of the season ruled out for Sunday.


Trio of Jets RBs combine for 100-plus yards in Week 16


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Jets running backs Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell were able to combine for 100-plus rushing yards in a 17-16 defeat to the Patriots in Week 16.

Johnson and Ivory each had 10-plus carries, while Powell took five handoffs for 21 yards. Ivory led the way with 11 carries for 53 yards. Johnson carried the ball 10 times for 30 yards. He caught his lone target for a gain of 3 yards.

New York will face Miami in Week 17.


Jets list Muhammad Wilkerson as questionable Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Jets listed defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

Wilkerson has missed the last three games with a toe injury and was a limited participant all week at practice.

Also listed as questionable on the Jets’ final injury report of Week 16 were wideout Saalim Hakim (quad) and safety Jaiquawn Jarrett (shoulder). Safety Rontez Miles (shin) is out.

The Jets listed the following players as probable: Antonio Allen, Willie Colon, Nick Folk, Percy Harvin, Chris Johnson, Nick Mangold and Calvin Pryor.

The Jets are 10 1/2-point underdogs to the Patriots.


Jets fail to get Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory on track Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Jets running backs Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory failed to combine for 100 rushing yards in a 16-11 victory over the Titans Sunday.

Johnson received 10 carries and produced 55 rushing yards. He was targeted once in the passing game, but failed to catch his only target.

Ivory rushed for 25 yards on 12 carries and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. He also caught his only passing target for 1 yard.

The Jets host the Patriots Week 16.


Chris Johnson still plenty risky


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/11/2014) If you haven't checked out Start 'Em and Sit 'Em for this week, you should. You always should. Jamey Eisenberg offers the most helpful and complete start/sit advice there, and he's not afraid to go out on a limb.

For Week 15, he's advising Jets running back Chris Johnson at Tennessee. And certainly, there's some logic to it. I don't know that I buy the whole "revenge" angle because I think the game plan and supporting cast has just as much, if not more, to do with Johnson's performance than Johnson himself, but the game plan and supporting cast may work in his favor this week. He has seen an increase in carries lately, actually getting one more than backfield mate Chris Ivory the last two weeks, and the Titans are dreadful against the run, ranking dead last in the NFL. They're also allowing the second-most Fantasy points per game to running backs.

Still, Johnson is a platoon back for one of the league's worst offenses -- an offense that has averaged 14.0 points in its last five games. Johnson has scored only two touchdowns all season, and the last one came Week 4 against Detroit. He'll need big yardage to measure up in Fantasy, and there are no assurances of that.

It doesn't mean you can't start him, but only if you're in a pinch. I wouldn't get cute and play him over Alfred Morris, Rashad Jennings or Jeremy Hill, as Jamey's rankings suggest.


Jets' Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson held scoreless Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Jets running backs Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson did not reach the end zone during the Jets’ 30-24 loss to the Vikings Sunday.

Ivory had a more productive day, producing 73 rushing yards on 16 attempts including catching one pass on two targets for 4 yards. Johnson also had 16 carries, but produced just 53 rushing yards. He also added two catches on two targets for 13 yards.

The Jets will play at Tennessee Week 15.


Jets rule out Muhammad Wilkerson, Jace Amaro for Week 14


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson (toe) and tight end Jace Amaro (concussion) were the only players ruled out for Sunday's game against Minnesota, per New York's final injury report released on Friday. Both were unable to practice all week because of their respective injuries.

Meanwhile, guard Willie Colon (knee, shoulder), tight end Jeff Cumberland (illness), kicker Nick Folk (right hip), running back Chris Johnson (knee), wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (illness) and cornerback Josh Thomas (illness) were all deemed probable.


Chris Johnson outshining Chris Ivory


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson has showed some signs of life in recent weeks, and appears to have earned a bit of a bigger role in the team's offense after Week 13's 16-13 loss to the Dolphins.

Johnson rushed the ball a season-high 17 times for 105 yards, both of which led the team. This is just the second time he has finished a game with more carries than Chris Ivory in the last six, though they both also had seven in the team's previous game.

Ivory had been the better runner over the first half of the season, but he has fallen off the pace of late, which has allowed Johnson to cut into his playing time a bit. Ivory is averaging 4.4 yards per carry for the season, while Johnson is now up to 4.6, and the gap is mostly from the last five games. Johnson is averaging 5.4 yards per carry, while Ivory is at 3.6 yards per carry in that span.

Neither player is a must-start Fantasy option, but Johnson is starting to show signs of being the player the Jets they were getting when they added him this offseason. The continued split workload makes it hard to rely on either player, however, so view Johnson and Ivory both as just low-end starting Fantasy options down the stretch.


Jets RB Chris Johnson turns back the clock


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/2/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson looked like a younger version of himself in Monday's loss to the Dolphins. Johnson ran 17 times for 105 yards, averaging 6.2 yards per carry and producing his first 100-yard game this season.

Johnson showed great burst on a 47-yard cutback run in the first quarter. He has now exceeded 100 yards rushing in all four of his career games against Miami.

Johnson was not targeted in the passing game. He'll visit the Vikings in Week 14.


Jets' runners ready to roll


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/1/2014) Jets running backs Chris Ivory (shoulder), Chris Johnson (knee) and Bilal Powell (illness) are active for the game against the Dolphins after being listed as probable.

Probables dominate injury report released by Jets


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2014) The Jets have ruled out defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (toe) and tight end Jace Amaro (concussion) for the Monday night game against Miami.

The team is otherwise healthy. All others on their injury report are probable, including quarterback Michael Vick (wrist) and running backs Chris Ivory (shoulder), Chris Johnson (knee), Bilal Powell (illness) and John Conner (groin). The other offensive probables are linemen Nick Mangold (shoulder), Oday Aboushi (shoulder) and Willie Colon (knee) and wideout Eric Decker (toe).

The defensive probables are linebackers Antwan Barnes (knee) and David Harris (shoulder), defensive back Jaiquawn Jarrett (calf) and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (back).


Jets get away from running game in Week 12 loss


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/24/2014) Jets running backs Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory each ran seven times in Monday's 38-3 loss to the Bills. Johnson gained 40 yards, Ivory 31, but the Jets got away from the ground game as their deficit mounted.

Johnson caught three of four passes for 22 yards, while Ivory hauled in all three of his targets for 7 yards.

They'll face the Dolphins in Week 13.


Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson among Jets cleared to play


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/24/2014) All the Jets who were probable on the injury report are active for Monday's game against the Bills in Detroit.

The list includes running backs Chris Ivory (shoulder) and Chris Johnson (knee), guard Oday Aboushi (shoulder), linebacker Antwan Barnes (knee), guard Willie Colon (knee), wideout T.J. Graham (neck), linebacker David Harris (shoulder), safety Jaiquawn Jarrett (calf), center Nick Mangold (shoulder), linebacker Trevor Reilly (knee), receiver Greg Salas (wrist), cornerback Darrin Walls (calf) and quarterback Geno Smith (right shoulder).


Jets list 11 players as probable for Monday night


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) Following a bye week, the Jets appear well rested heading into Week 12. The Jets listed offensive lineman Oday Aboushi (shoulder), wide receiver Eric Decker (hamstring), wide receiver Greg Salas (wrist), running back Chris Ivory (shoulder), running back Chris Johnson (knee), wide receiver T.J. Graham (neck), offensive lineman Willie Colon (knee), center Nick Mangold (shoulder), linebacker Antwan Barnes (knee), defensive back Darrin Walls (calf) and defensive back Jaiquawn Jarrett (calf) as probable for Monday night’s game against Buffalo.

Several Jets backs contribute to upset defeat of Steelers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) The Jets divided up their carries effectively Sunday against Pittsburgh with Chris Ivory leading the way.

Ivory rushed for 33 yards on seven carries early, then did a lot of standing around on the sideline before returning to finish with 51 yards on 14 attempts. All-purpose Percy Harvin had 33 yards on six rushes while adding three catches for 23 yards. Chris Johnson added 23 yards on seven attempts and one reception for 12 yards. Bilal Powell managed four yards on his only run.


Nine injured Jets offensive players probable for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Nine offensive players for the Jets have been deemed probable for the Sunday game against Pittsburgh with minor injuries, including linemen Oday Aboushi (shoulder), Willie Colon (knee), Breno Giacomini (illness) and Nick Mangold (shoulder).

The other offensive probables are wide receivers Greg Salas (wrist) and Percy Harvin (heel), running back Chris Johnson (ankle) and quarterbacks Michael Vick (foot) and Geno Smith (shoulder).