Newest Jet Chris Johnson spoke to the New York media on Thursday afternoon, hitting on the reason he signed with New York, the health of his knee and motivation coming off a down year in 2013.
Johnson said he and his agent spoke with many teams, but decided on the Jets because of their aggressive nature.
“Coming in and meeting with the coaches and the type of coach Rex Ryan is… He’s an aggressive type of coach and I’m an aggressive type of player,” Johnson said. “From talking to Rex and talking to Marty [Mornhinweg], they’ll put everybody in the best position to help everybody win.”
They know how to win, with the type of team they have. They have a great defense and any time you have a great defense, you give yourself a chance to win. We know, as an organization, if we can put up some points, they will give us a good chance to win.
Johnson said his knee, on which he had surgery to repair a torn meniscus, is healthy and he’s close to resuming football activities. He shot down any rumors of arthritis in his knee. He believes he’ll be ready for the start of training camp.
Coming off a statistically down season with the Titans in 2013, Johnson said he’d use the negativity as motivation moving forward.
“No matter how good you do… there’s always going to be that person (that says) something negative,” he said. “It’s good to have a chip on your shoulder, to have things to motivate you. I can turn a bad thing into a good thing if it gives me motivation.
“Once you rush for 2000 yards, you set an expectation for yourself,” he said.
Johnson said he plans on moving on from his career in Tennessee and will only look ahead with the rest of his career, starting with the Jets.
“Last year, that was last year. This year is about winning,” he said.
Johnson signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Jets on April 16.