Running back Chris Johnson is expected to be released by the Tennessee Titans on Friday (Schefter, April 4).
The 28-year old is a three time pro-bowler (albeit not since 2010) and has surpassed 1,000 rushing yards in each of his six seasons in the NFL and has been among the most durable running backs in the league, starting 116 games in each of the last five seasons.
For Bent’s analysis of Johnson, click here.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comJohnson is exactly the type of player the Jets need to add to their backfield.
Current starter Chris Ivory is a nightmare between the tackles (when healthy), but the group lacks a playmaker at the position. Johnson is no longer the dynamic player he once was and he’s not the pass blocker that MJD is, but he’s one of the league’s most durable running backs and still possesses more playmaking ability than anyone on the Jets current roster and would be an excellent addition on the cheap for this Jets team as a short-term solution.
Johnson is a capable pass-catching threat but not elite. Johnson had 42 catches in 2013 for 345 yards (21.6 YPG) and only had one season with less than 40 catches. If the Jets do pursue Johnson, it would also be an indication that the Jets are serious about increasing the overall workload of their running backs this year, as Tony Pauline indicated a month ago. (SNY, March 7)
Assumiung the Jets pursue Johnson, it would also indicate that while there’s a number of talented players in this year’s draft class, the team doesn’t feel supremely confident in finding a Gio Bernard type player in this year’s class. That said, if Ivory and Johnson are the team’s one-two punch, Bilal Powell could be in for competition as the team’s third running back should they pick up a player in the NFL Draft.