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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: 7 | Owned/Started%: 96/37 | Average Draft Position: 63.52
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Chris Johnson goes nowhere on MNF


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:32 am ET) Jets running back Chris Johnson carried 10 times for 34 yards and did not catch either of his targets in Monday's loss to the Bears. Through three games, Johnson is averaging 3.5 yards per carry.

He'll face the Lions in Week 4.


Chris Johnson ready to roll


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson, who was probable with an ankle injury, is active as expected for Monday's game against the Bears.

Dee Milliner doubtful on Jets' final Week 3 injury report


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Jets cornerback Dee Milliner (quad/ankle) is doubtful to play in Monday night's game against the Bears.

Milliner sat out practice for a second straight day Saturday and is unlikely to suit up Monday. Wide receiver Eric Decker is questionable to play Monday, but the rest of the team's injured players participated in practice fully Saturday and are good to go, the Associated Press reports. Those players include running back Chris Johnson (ankle), safety Josh Bush (quad) and linebackers A.J. Edds (hamstring), Nick Bellore (hip) and Quinton Coples (elbow).


Two Jets standouts absent from Friday practice


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Two key Jets players were sidelined from Friday practice. Wide receiver Eric Decker (hamstring) and cornerback Dee Milliner (ankle/quad) did not participate.

Those limited Friday were linebackers A.J. Edds (hamstring) and Nick Bellore (hip), offensive linemen Nick Mangold (shoulder) and Willie Colon (calf) and running back Chris Johnson (ankle).

The team is preparing to play Chicago on Monday night.


Chris Johnson not a good Week 3 option


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) It should be a good matchup for Chris Johnson against the Bears, who have allowed a running back to score in each of the first two games with C.J. Spiller in Week 1 and Frank Gore in Week 2.

But Chicago hasn't exactly folded against the run like in 2013 (so far), and Johnson continues to share work with Chris Ivory, who has a better chance to score at the goal line.

In Week 2 at Green Bay, Johnson had 12 carries for 21 yards and one catch for no yards, while Ivory had 13 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 3 yards.

The Jets are also working in Bilal Powell on passing situations, and Johnson should have another down game. Ivory is the better Jets running back to trust when everyone is healthy.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Ankle injury not expected to hinder Chris Johnson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson was limited in practice Thursday due to an ankle injury. However, coach Rex Ryan believes Johnson will be OK for Week 3 against the Bears.

Chris Johnson goes nowhere in Week 2 loss vs. Packers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson rushed for just 21 yards on 12 carries and gained no yards on one catch in his team's 31-24 loss to the Packers in Week 2.

Johnson had trouble early and finished the first half with just seven yards on six carries despite his team leading 21-3 at one point in the second quarter. It was a disappointing performance after the former Titan was able to gain 5.2 yards per carry in Week 1 against the Raiders. Johnson will hope to bounce back next Monday night when the Bears come to town.


Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson shine in Week 1


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) The Jets running back duo of Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory played at a high level Sunday in Week 1 against the Raiders in a 19-14 victory.

Johnson had 13 carries for 68 yards and five catches for 38 yards and a touchdown on five targets. And Ivory had 10 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown, which came on a 71-yard run.

The Jets play at Green Bay in Week 2.


Jets three-headed backfield precludes strong Fantasy option


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) They say if you have two quarterbacks vying for the starting spot, you actually have no starting quarterback. The same might be said about featured backs.

At least those seeking that title with the Jets. Though newly acquired Chris Johnson is coming off a sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season with Tennessee, but his 3.9 YPC average in 2013 was the worst of his career. Chris Ivory followed strong performances with weak ones throughout last season and Bilal Powell also proved inconsistent.

The trio combined to rush for 223 yards on 43 carries for a 5.2 average in the preseason, which prompted Rex Ryan to declare that the three will alternate in the regular season. Though Johnson is the most likely to emerge as the featured back, it seems clear that all will receive enough opportunities in the season opener Sunday against an improved Oakland defense to make none of them more than a second option in shallower leagues and flex in deeper ones.

Fantasy owners should monitor their reps to determine if any of them emerge as a featured back.


Football 'fun again' for new Jets running back Chris Johnson


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Just months removed from a frustrating offseason in which he was released by Tennessee after the team found no trade partners, Jets new running back Chris Johnson is claiming to be enjoying the game again.

Johnson is not officially the featured back, though he will likely receive more reps than backfield mates Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. More will be known about the distribution of carries when the team opens against visiting Oakland on Sunday. All three are listed as first teamers on the depth chart. But Johnson is having fun.

"It just feels great to be back out there playing on Sundays," he told the New York Post. "It's fun again."

With Ivory and Powell earning playing time, Johnson will likely not approach the average of 17 carries per game given to him last year with Tennessee.


Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory in midseason form vs. Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Jets running backs Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory both looked sharp Friday night against the Giants in exhibition play.

Johnson ripped a 17-yards run in the opening quarter and turned a pair of short passes into long plays. He played into the first series of the third quarter with the backups and racked up 77 yards of total offense. He took nine handoffs for 42 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per attempt. He caught both of his targets for 35 yards.

Ivory returned to action and made his presence felt as well. He ripped an 18-yard run and finished the game with a team-high 50 yards on six carries while being limited to one half of work. He caught one pass for 23 yards.

Chris Johnson shows flashes of old self vs. Bengals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson showed some flashes of his old self during Saturday's preseason game against the Bengals.

Johnson was used mostly out of the pistol formation and played the entire first half. He took 10 handoffs for 63 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per attempt. He also caught two passes for 1 yard. His running mate, Bilal Powell, only received six touches in the first half.

Chris Johnson used as passing-down back


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Chris Johnson was primarily used as the passing-down back while the Jets' starters were in the game Thursday against the Colts. Johnson caught two passes for 16 yards, including a 10-yard gain on a checkdown, but had a drop.

When starter Chris Ivory exited with a rib injury, Johnson cashed in a goal-line carry for a 1-yard touchdown. He gained 2 yards on four carries.


Jets expect to go with 'committee approach' at running back


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters Tuesday he envisions running back Chris Johnson sharing carries with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell this season.

"I definitely think it's going to be a committee approach," Ryan said, per the New York Daily News.


Chris Ivory listed as Jets' starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) The Jets listed Chris Ivory atop their running back depth chart, followed by Chris Johnson and Bilal Powell, reports the New York Daily News. The paper cautions not to read too much into the initial depth chart.

Chris Johnson's scrimmage: No knee issues, no explosive plays


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage was the first live full-contact work for Jets running back Chris Johnson since he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason. He played a few drives with the starters, rushing five times for 14 yards, reports the New York Daily News.

"I got a lot out of it," Johnson told the paper. "(There were) butterflies ... just going out there wanting to test my knee out against full contact. I came out feeling good. ... I was a little nervous, but after the first play, I was OK."

Johnson, who had a pair of 5-yard gains, said he ran with "no hesitation."


Chris Johnson looks 'light on his feet, and fast'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson, who had offseason knee surgery, "looked light on his feet, and fast" at practice Thursday, reports ESPN.com. "I haven't really [gone] 100 percent with the team since I have been here so being able to go out there and run and do all the team periods felt good," Johnson said.

The Jets used him on rushing plays and also lined him up wide as a receiver. Johnson fumbled on a running play but overall "seemed right at home," the website said. "I felt good," Johnson said. "I felt no pain or anything like that."

His main competition for carries, Chris Ivory, sat out with a hamstring problem.


Chris Johnson 'flying' in return to action


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson (knee) was medically cleared recently by Dr. James Andrews to participate in training camp, reports ESPN. And he was back on the field Wednesday.

Coach Rex Ryan said Johnson was "flying" in the mandatory conditioning run. The Jets practice Thursday for the first time.

Johnson had surgery this offseason to repair a torn meniscus. As a precaution, the Jets kept him on the sideline in the spring. 

"I'm pretty good," he said of his knee. "I'm ready to do whatever they ask me to do."


Report: Chris Johnson could make Jets abandon RB committee


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) The Jets have repeatedly said they plan on using Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell in a running back committee. But according to the New York Post, if Johnson "shows his old form that committee approach will be thrown out the window. You can count on it."

The paper admits that's a big if. Johnson averaged a career-low 3.9 yards per carry last season and his longest run went 30 yards. The Jets hope that dip in production stemmed from Johnson's knee injury, and not a general decline, the report said.


From camp to the season, Chris Johnson will face limits


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/14/2014) New Jets running back Chris Johnson will be kept on a "pitch count" in training camp because he's coming off of torn meniscus surgery. ESPN not only reported that but echoed the sentiment that the Jets will use a running back-by-committee approach even with Johnson joining the team. New York is expected to experiment with the playing time of Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell during the preseason. 

Johnson has had at least 251 carries in each of his first six seasons with the Titans, posting over 1,000 rushing yards in all of them. He's also had at least 1,400 total yards in each of his six seasons. All of that might be in jeopardy given the Jets' plans. 


Chris Johnson: 'Of course I have a chip on my shoulder'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson didn't like the way he was released by the Titans, and he said that will motivate him throughout the season.

"Of course I have a chip on my shoulder," Johnson told the New York Post. "It gives me more motivation to continue to work hard and come here and be that guy I’ve been my whole career. I want to prove [the Titans] wrong. They released me and I want to let them know they made a mistake."

Johnson had a torn meniscus in his left knee fixed, and he expects to be at full strength for training camp, the paper said. He believes he'll provide "a home-run threat" to the Jets offense.

Johnson, 28, has run for at least 1,000 yards in each of his six seasons.


Chris Johnson says he's 'pretty much cleared'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/2/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson says he's "pretty much cleared" by Dr. James Andrews to return to football drills following a visit to the doctor's office in Florida. 

"I wouldn't label myself at 100 percent, but very close," he told NFL.com. "In the 90s."

Johnson wasn't sure if the Jets would take precautions with him in training camp but was sure that so long as he was putting up numbers he'd be the Jets' primary running back this season and not in a full-blown time-share with Chris Ivory and others. 

"Once the season starts and once we're playing and I'm doing my thing, I'm pretty sure if I'm making plays they're going to want to keep handing the ball off to me," Johnson said. "If they want me to continue making plays, I'm pretty sure I can't do that if I'm on the sideline."


Jets don't see Chris Johnson as workhorse


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn conceded Chris Johnson has "got some miles on him" so the team will use him judiciously, reports The Star-Ledger. "We're going to have to be strategic in how we use him, and when we use him, to keep him fresh so that he can be the explosive guy that I know that he can be," Lynn said.

The Jets plan to incorporate Johnson into a rotation with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, the report said. Johnson seems O.K. with being part of a committee.

"This year, it’s about winning," Johnson said after signing with the Jets. "I want to come into a program where I think we could win. And if that’s what the coach feels we [have to do to] win, then that’s what we have to do."


Chris Johnson motivated by 'nasty' release from Titans


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) New Jets running back Chris Johnson criticized how his release from the Titans was handled and said he's using that as motivation this season. 

"I think they were just being nasty, to be honest," Johnson told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "I love Tennessee. I love my fans. But at the end of the day I think they did me wrong. I don't know whether it was, 'We're going to get revenge on you for holding out' when I held out the whole training camp (in 2011) or whatever, but I feel like they already knew they were going in a different direction.

"I'm going to make them regret letting me go," Johnson added. "They're going to regret it -- trust that."

Johnson and the Jets play at Tennessee in Week 15.


No team drills for Chris Johnson


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) Jets coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday that running back Chris Johnson wouldn't participate in team drills during this week's minicamp but would continue to do individual drills, The Associated Press reported

Johnson had surgery for a meniscus tear in January, an injury he played with all of last season. His running backs coach said this week he anticipates Johnson being a regular part of the offense so long as he doesn't struggle. He will compete with Chris Ivory for playing time.