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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%: 98/78 | Average Draft Position: 61.35
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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. 


Jets RB coach talks up Chris Johnson


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/16/2014) Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn doesn't see a whole lot of downside with Chris Johnson , who the team signed this offseason to give their run game a jolt. Lynn came away impressed with Johnson after last season when he played through an injury. 

"He obviously played hurt last year," Lynn told the New York Daily News. "He could have had surgery and sat out. He chose to compete and show up every Sunday. I like the way he played through that and competed. He played last year pretty damn good with a bad knee. His numbers were down but he chose to play through that injury, which was really impressive to me."

Lynn made it clear the Jets do plan to use more than one back and will play the hot hand. But Lynn does think Johnson can and will contribute for the Jets. How successful can he be?

"That's up to him," Lynn said. "He's definitely going to get the ball. So, it's what he does with the ball. ... He can have as many yards as he wants."


Chris Johnson not ruled out from June minicamp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson, who had January surgery to fix a torn meniscus, will miss all of OTAs but has not been ruled out of the mandatory minicamp June 17-19, reports The Star-Ledger.

"We’ll let it play out," Ryan said. "I know he’s been rehabbing and our trainers have been extremely impressed. (Head trainer John) Mellody had a couple things. One comment was: ‘Oh my goodness, is he fast.’ That’s a good sign. But yeah, I kind of figured that out when he had the fastest time ever (in the 40-yard dash) at the combine. So I knew we’ve got that one checked off."


How will the Jets split carries this season?


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/27/2014) The Jets have to figure out who will get the majority of carries this season out of Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Daryl Richardson, Alex Green and Mike Goodson, reports ESPN.

The report says two of them likely won't make the team, but figuring out the carries could be tough. Johnson averaged 18 rushes per game in his six seasons with the Titans. Ivory averaged 12 per game last season as the Jets' leading rusher. Powell averaged 11 last season. That's a total of 41 rushes for their top three backs.

"Everybody’s goal is to put wins on the board," said Johnson. "We’re not really worried about the carries, who's going to play this down and that down. We’ve all just got one focus and that’s winning."


Chris Johnson (knee) to sit out OTAs


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/22/2014) New Jets running back Chris Johnson said Thursday that his surgically repaired knee feels good, but he'll probably sit out organized team activities, reports ESPN.

Johnson suffered a meniscus tear in his knee in Week 3 last season with the Titans. He played through the injury and underwent surgery after the season.


Knee could limit Chris Johnson's offseason work


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/21/2014) New Jets running back Chris Johnson could be limited with his offseason work, reports ESPN.

Johnson had arthroscopic surgery this offseason for a torn meniscus and has some arthritis in his right knee. He passed the team physical when he signed with the Jets, but coach Rex Ryan said Monday that Johnson will be among several players limited in the offseason program.

When he does get on the field, several of his teammates are excited to see what he can do.

"The first thing that comes to mind is speed and home-run hitter," quarterback Geno Smith said. "I don't know how many times he's broken runs for 50, 60 yards, but it seems like he does almost every week. He brings another explosive dimension into our running-back room."


Nothing promised to Chris Johnson


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/21/2014) Jets coach Rex Ryan said Monday that new running back Chris Johnson isn't coming into the season with any guarantees about his workload, reports the New York Daily News.

"Nothing was ever promised (like), 'You're going to get X amount of carries,'" Ryan said. "No role determined for really anyone."

Johnson is expected to split playing time with Chris Ivory this season.


Can Chris Johnson turn into Tomlinson?


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/18/2014) The Jets are hoping running back Chris Johnson can do for them what LaDainian Tomlinson did in 2010, reports ESPN.

That season, Tomlinson came from San Diego to New York after he was released. He responded with a team-high 914 yards with six touchdowns on 219 carries and caught 52 passes. He was supposed to be Shonn Greene's backup, but Tomlinson was so impressive that he won the starting job and became an integral part of a team that came within one game of the Super Bowl.

Maybe Johnson, who was let go by the Titans, can do the same thing.

"I can turn the bad things people are saying into a good thing for me, to give me motivation, to keep me hungry and to keep a chip on my shoulder and prove the naysayers wrong," he said Thursday.

Johnson had a disappointing year in 2013 when he averaged just 3.9 yards per carry, but he played 13 games on a torn meniscus and was running behind a suspect offensive line for a team that didn't have its starting quarterback for half the season. The situation in New York should be improved, and hopefully being teamed with Chris Ivory will allow him to play like Tomlinson did in 2010.


Chris Johnson says arthritis reports 'not accurate'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/17/2014) On a conference call with New York media, new Jets running back Chris Johnson said the report that he had arthritis in his knee was "not accurate," adding that he was "pretty sure I wouldn't have passed the physical" if he did have it. 

Earlier Thursday ESPN reported the Jets had "some concerns" about his knee

Johnson is expected to serve as part of a one-two punch at running back with Chris Ivory for the Jets. 


Report: Jets have concerns over Chris Johnson's knees


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/17/2014) Less than 24 hours after signing Chris Johnson to a two-year deal that might be worth as much as $9 million, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Jets have some concerns over the condition of his knee. Johnson apparently has some arthritis in it stemming from his torn meniscus in 2013 (which he played through). 

Johnson hasn't missed a game in five straight seasons. He's expected to form a one-two punch with Chris Ivory in the Jets' backfield this year. 


Chris Johnson excited for 'fresh start'


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) New Jets running back Chris Johnson's two-year deal is worth $8 million with another $1 million in incentives, reports Pro Football Talk. Johnson was scheduled to make $8 million for the Titans in 2014 alone before he was released.

Meanwhile, Johnson told the Tennessean that he's looking forward to this opportunity with the Jets.

"I have a fresh start. Now I am going to go out there with a chip on my shoulder," Johnson said. "I know a lot of people are doubting me. I want to prove everybody wrong who has doubts in me."


Chris Johnson signs two-year deal with the Jets


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) The Jets have signed running back Chris Johnson to a two-year deal, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Johnson told reporters on Tuesday he was taking free agency one day at a time and added that he had other visits planned, but the Jets must have made him an improved offer to lock up the one-time 2,000-yard running back. 

Johnson has totaled at least 1,400 yards in each of his last four seasons with the Titans since running for 2,006 yards in 2009. He also scored 10 touchdowns in 2013 (four receiving).