Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson expects to be main RB, says knee is close to 100 percent

Chris Johnson said he expects, once the season starts and he is making plays, that he will become the Jets’ primary running back (Hanzus, July 1).

“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.”

The Jets said that Johnson is no longer in the prime of his career, so they will be “strategic” in how they use him, running backs coach Anthony Lynn said recently (Cosentino, June 25).

“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.

Johnson also said his knee has been cleared by Dr. James Andrews and he is close to 100 percent.

He was held out of OTAs as he healed from surgery on his torn meniscus.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The Titans have had one of the worst offensive lines over the last three years and while they sought to address the group in 2013, they did so at the two least impactful positions by adding Chance Warmack and Andy Levitre as the team’s two new guards for Johnson’s final season.  The results weren’t that much different despite the clear addition in talent.

The Jets offensive line might not be as good as it once was back in 2010, but it is easy to conclude that Johnson will benefit from a better offensive line in New York than he has for much of his recent career.  It is not unreasonable to see Johnson experience an uptick in yards per carry based on his blockers alone.

That said, Johnson might not outgain himself in recent years due to the nature of the group.  Chris Ivory is a powerful runner between the tackles when he can get a head of steam and might move into a short yardage and “closer” role, while Johnson picks up some series and third down work and/or designed plays.  Meanwhile, Bilal Powell is a perfect complement to Ivory and Johnson in that he can fill in when C&C need a breather or the team need a competent and versatile (though less explosive) option.  I do think that the Jets will utilize all their players to the best mix of skills and roles in an effort to keep the group fresh and the team’s depth at the position might be among  one of the better groups in the league.  So Johnson should be careful about making too many predictions too soon.




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a57se
a57se

New trivia question and hopefully more interesting then the last two!


There are 8 NFL teams our franchise has a winning record against, name them!

Bonus Question: What Franchise have we NEVER beaten in the regular season?


(These are not trick questions. None of the answers are teams that no longer play.)

Bent
Bent moderator

New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham just got treated as a tight end by the NFL, it's been confirmed.


What an outrage!

a57se
a57se

OK, I goofed on Trivia question no. 2, fortunately Bent was there to straighten me out! (Hmmm, that sounds a bit odd!)

Anyway, here we go again!


A 3 part question:


A)There have been THREE Placekickers who have attempted to punt during a game for the Franchise, Name them!

B) Who has the most punts by a Place kicker in franchise history and C) how many times did he punt in his career?

tsjc68
tsjc68

OFFERED WITHOUT COMMENT:


When the Jets signed running back Chris Johnson this offseason, it meant the incumbent No. 1 running back, Chris Ivory, would lose some carries.

Ivory says he’s fine with that.

Asked about the Jets’ decision to sign Johnson, Ivory said today that he liked the move and is glad to welcome Johnson to the team.

“I thought it was a good move. Anybody that can come in and help us I think is good for the team,” Ivory said. “He’s fast, has great speed [and] great hands. We all bring something different, so as far as complements, it just depends on the team and the scheme that they have for the guys. . . . I’ve seen him play. He can do it all. He speaks for himself.”

Ivory said no one has told him how the ball will be spread around, but he doesn’t have any worries there.

“No, no concerns about touches, just trying to win,” Ivory said. “It’s not my team. I’m just on the team. I’m working. However it turns up, I’m happy with whatever.”

Ivory’s tough, physical running style could make him a nice complement to the speedy Johnson. Ivory sounds OK with playing a complementary role.


http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/22/chris-ivory-is-ok-with-losing-carries-to-chris-johnson/

a57se
a57se

OK, so it is time for Trivia question no. 2.

Nobody even ventured a guess at trivia Q. no. 1 on the Daily Links thread!! Too Tough I guess.


This is a two part question:


A. 2 NY Jets have returned 2 punts for TD's in a season (One of these guys actually did it TWICE in his jets career), Name them!

B. 4 NY Jets have returned exactly 2 KO's for TD's in a season, (Leon returned 3 KO's for TD's in 2007 but I am excluding him) Name them.

tsjc68
tsjc68

I love how the half of the story that's about "Chris Johnson says he's healthy and his surgically repaired knee will be ready to go" is being completely ignored and the half of the story that's about "Chris Johnson thinks he's good enough to take carries away from his teammates" is being focused on, and in a negative way.


Ah, Jets fans.

__fense
__fense

I like this attitude. "I'm going to be so great that they have to play me every down." He's challenging the other RBs to a competition for snaps on a play-by-play basis. 

harold
harold

People acting as though his comments are divisive just need to read RB's coach Lynn's full comments on the subject.  He says they will play the hot hand which is basically the same as what Johnosn is saying. 

If you are making plays you will play more.  This is the simple truth of the NFL.

a57se
a57se

Most of these teams were on the list of the teams with the worst win-loss percentages last week.


We are:

10-1 vs. TB

8-1 vs. Minnesota

5-1 vs. Houston

6-2 vs. Arizona

8-3 vs. GB (Surprise!)

15-8 vs. the Bengals

50-45-1 vs. the Dolphins (Hahaha HANK!)

17-16-1 vs. the KC Chiefs


Other teams of note:

52-54-1 vs. NE (Most wins vs. the Pats!)

51-55 vs. the Billdos (Most losses vs, the Billdos!)

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se We've never beaten Philly, right?

jimboslice
jimboslice

@Bent He should refuse to line up at WR now and see how the Saints like it.

a57se
a57se

@Bent 

He's going to destroy the Saints locker room now!!!

a57se
a57se

This is pretty obscure so I will give the answers now:

A) John Hall, Pat Leahy and Mike Nugent.....(I am going by Pro Football Reference records though I thought Jay Feeley actually punted once for the Jets.)

B) John Hall with C) 5 punts

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@tsjc68 Ivory doesn't need to worry, He will be used alot this season, I think the carries will be 40/40/20. Ivory/Johnson/Powell. Johnson to be effective he needs to be fresh, so giving him the workload will be counterproductive, Ivory on the other hand can handle the workload and punish defenses in the process, but with Johnson in he will be able to rest more also then we have Powell who has proven to be durable and can be effective. Nice problem to have, who will get how many carries instead of what happens if this player goes down.

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 ZOMG he said the opposite of what Johnson said.  THE DIVIDE IS BECOMING A CANYON.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se 


The question is faulty.  Only one Jet has returned two punts for a TD in one season - Santana Moss -  and only three Jets have returned two kickoffs for a TD in one season - Brad Smith, Chad Morton and Justin Miller.


There were two Titans players who met this criteria, but they can't count because you specifically said they were "NY Jets".


Therefore I must assume you can see into the future and that the remaining answers to part one and two respectively are Jalen Saunders and Jacoby Ford.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se

Nobody even ventured a guess at trivia Q. no. 1 on the Daily Links thread!! Too Tough I guess.


Yeah, that's it.

(looks around nervously)

Joe/Orlando
Joe/Orlando

@__fense Yeah, I don't see the problem with these comments either. I'd be happy if all the RBs thought this way. If he ends up pouting over touches later then that's a problem for later. I just don't see these comments as any kind of indicator that he's going to do that though.

Brendan
Brendan

@__fense This was my thought, too. I don't want players who think they won't  do really well. Confidence is key. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@harold

The people acting as though his comments are divisive are the same people who have been worried about ________'s comments/actions/mere presence on the roster being divisive/distracting/troublesome at every turn.


Johnson is just the new thing to "worry" about, that's all.

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se 

Excellent bent! 0-9 All time vs. the Iggles!!!

Best players name in Franchise history??

Dick Shiner

(Drops mic)

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se See, you say this jokingly, but this is something you would use as a "hypothetical of disaster" that you love so much. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se Feely did punt, but in a postseason game.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @tsjc68

And now I look like a fool for predicting that Ivory would also likely say he wants to be the main back.


YOU'RE MAKING ME LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT, STUPID PANDA JERK!

a57se
a57se

@Bent 

You got me....I screwed up when I said NY Jets...
I should have said two players in the history of the franchise.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Joe/Orlando @__fense

I bet Chris Ivory also thinks that he'll be the primary RB as well, not that anyone is asking him at the moment.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 Other things to worry about this offseason: 


- Eric Decker's motivation for playing here being reality TV fame

- Willie Colon's knee scope derailing EVERYTHING in May

- What if Brick/Mangold go down!?!? (an annual event)

- Patterson is injury prone!

- They didn't draft a WR first round!/second round!/third round!

- THE ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUPS ARE ASSEMBLING WITH THE ENTIRETY OF THEIR MIGHT TO MARCH ON CASTLE METLIFE. 


I'm sure I'm missing plenty. 

harold
harold

@tsjc68

I agree, I just don't understand why we need to manufacture issues when we have legit concerns.

How much will we improve on offense?

How will the re-made defensive backfield gel?

Etc...

a57se
a57se

@Bent 

technically, he never played for the Jets...he was drafted by us and the redskins...the Redskins got him.

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se 

That's what I thought so the Pro Football reference stats are just for the regular season, I guess.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se Awww...I was looking forward to those Ford/Saunders touchdowns.

__fense
__fense

@Brendan @tsjc68 Actually, Decker stopped his reality TV show because of the baby. They knew they weren't going to do it before he signed with the Jets. 

a57se
a57se

@harold 

What are our legit concerns according to you?

BDarc23
BDarc23

@harold It's just that it's not a good sign. There are players in every sport that do the pouting thing over playing time, shots, touches, etc every year. It's going to happen this year to someone and this is a potential case for it.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent Dick Felt played for the NY Titans though

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Kirk Michael @Brendan @tsjc68

Brendan was being tongue-in-cheek with that list, he's not actually concerned with any of those things (but was lampooning people who WERE concerned with those things)

harold
harold

@a57se

I named what I think are the top two

Offensive improvement?

Pass Coverage improvement?

harold
harold

@BDarc23

Not a good sign to think you can be the best RB on your team and get the majority of the carries?

Sounds like we would want that type of guy. 

a57se
a57se

@Bent 

Those two would have had a real party as room mates!

We are talking about the FRANCHISE!

__fense
__fense

@Brendan @__fense I thought the joke was that Decker being on a TV show in no way effected the Broncos season, where they made it to the Superbowl, so it's just as dumb to worry about the show than it is to worry about animal rights groups picketing the stadium. It turns out we'll never know.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@harold That's fine... the issue will be what happens when he doesn't get the carries. He is expecting more than what is sounds like the Jets are going to give him

Brendan
Brendan

@harold Pack up your confidence and take a hike! I want a guy happy with the backup role!

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se  Invite Dick Curl along for the hell of it.

Brendan
Brendan

@__fense Yeah, I was just pointing out all the previous times in the past couple of months where people got all worked up over something that turned out to be nothing. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@__fense @Brendan

True.


Even if the reality show was still happening, it's still not something we should be getting our panties in a twist about.

Brendan
Brendan

@BDarc23 They all do. Everyone expects more playing time, more tackles/receptions/yards/etc. Ultimately, they all expect it because that's how these men are wired. There's a reason why you can't lack confidence and be an elite player. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@BDarc23 @harold

No, he's expecting to WIN the carries.


If he doesn't get them, it's because he didn't win them, and then he won't have much to complain about.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@__fense @BDarc23 @harold This is a response to tsjc and Brendan too who made a similar comment... I see smoke here because CJ has complained about carries in the past. Didn't he earn the carries in Tennessee? He isn't getting near his previous numbers of carries no matter what because the Jets want him healthy and good at the end of the year.  When he doesn't have big games and big numbers the media will be all over him. I hope he isn't a distraction obviously.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 I don't think that'll ever stop being funny to me. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@BDarc23 @__fense @harold

CJ's specific gripe in Tennessee was the Titans paying 10M for Shonn Greene to be his handcuff.  


(Presumably because he thought Greene wasn't good enough to take carries away from him, and... he's got a point).


For the record, though, CJ said that he "wasn't a fan of the two-back system" but also said that he expected that the other back the Titans were going to add to the two-back system would be a rookie from the draft as opposed to Shonn Greene (and, again, he's going a point there, that's what the Titans should have done).


In any event, that was there in Tennessee where he was the face of the franchise.


This is now, in a different situation.

Brendan
Brendan

@BDarc23 CJ wants every touch of every game, that's true. He was pissed that they signed Shonn Greene, that's also true. He wants 300+ carries every year, or at leas the did. 


But he also showed up to work, didn't destroy the locker room and played hard. 


There are players capable of griping and then shutting up before going to work. That's CJ. If you look back, his gripes came in the offseason or during the playoffs when his team was out of it. He knows that there is a time and place for those sorts of comments, it seems. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @tsjc68

Brian Fantana: I think was in love once.

Ron Burgundy: Really?  What was her name?

Brian Fantana: I don't remember.

Ron Burgundy: That's not a good start, Brian, but keep going.

Brian Fantana: She was Brazilian.  Or Chinese, or something weird.  I met her in the bathroom of a K-Mart, and we made out for hours.  Then we parted ways, never to see each other again.

Ron Burgundy: I'm pretty sure that's not love, Brian.

Brian Fantana: Damn it.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Brendan @BDarc23 That is valid. My concern would then be that he made the gripes and then shut up because he had the huge contract he wanted. He no longer has that.

Brendan
Brendan

@BDarc23 He still has a pretty good one, though. And after hitting the free market, he probably knows how the league as a whole values him. That might have changed his perspective from thinking he's deserving of $10 mil a year or whatever.