Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory in midseason form vs. Giants
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/22/14) 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 (8/16/14) 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 (8/7/14)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
08/23/2014 00:49 Smith, Vick toss TDs in Jets' 35-24 loss to Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Geno Smith and Michael Vick each threw touchdown passes with the New York Jets' starting offense, and the defense mostly shut down Eli Manning before the Giants' backups rallied for a 35-24 preseason victory Friday night.
As a first- or second-round pick, Chris Johnson has been a disappointment in recent years even though he posted at least 1,400 total yards in six straight seasons. But what if Johnson was a fifth-round pick? Would he be a disappointment then? If you think he would be then drafting Johnson shouldn't be in your future. But if you think a back with 1,400-yard, six-score potential is worth a pick, say, 50th overall, then consider the newest member of the Jets backfield. Johnson is talking like he wants to prove to everyone in football that he can still play at a high level, and it's been noted that he gutted out last season with a torn meniscus. We've noticed that Johnson's effort varies from week to week and his numbers typically followed suit. He's not the same guy from 2009. But we've also noticed that he's been a notorious slow starter, averaging less than seven Fantasy points per game over the first six matchups of his past three seasons before averaging over 12 Fantasy points per in his final 10 games year after year. If he keeps pace with that, the move isn't to draft him but to trade for him in October. But if you can't do that and you need either a low-end No. 2 Fantasy rusher or a quality Flex option, then Johnson should be considered in that Round 5 range.