Chris Johnson addresses the media

Rex: CJ2K ‘flying’ during Jets conditioning test

It might have been a slow start for new Jet running back Chris Johnson this spring, but it seems that his pace picked up rather quickly, during his first day of training camp in Cortland, New York.

Jets coach Rex Ryan characterized Chris Johnson’s speed during his conditioning test as “flying” after holding Johnson back in the spring for precautionary measures. (ESPN NY, July 23)

Johnson was medically cleared by noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews after OTAs to participate in training camp.

“I’m pretty good,” Johnson told ESPN NY on Wednesday. “I’m ready to do whatever they ask me to do.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

It will be very interesting to watch Chris Johnson over training camp and see how much they use them. Rex Ryan is known to often put proven veterans on “pitch counts” to avoid injury and save their strength for the regular-season.

It’s good to see that Johnson is at full speed and any concerns about his workload will likely diminish if he has a smooth training camp.. Pairing Johnson with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell could prove to be a pretty potent running attack for whoever quarterbacks this team this season.




12 comments
ramble914
ramble914

If CJ is back at full strength (speed) this offense will surprise a lot of people.

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

I just can't see a Bill Belichick or an  Andy Reid or any coach for that matter say publicly about an off season acquistion, "he was flying".  This has nothing to do with taking the pressure off a player and laying it on himself.  I guarantee all 16 Jets opponents will show up to play them.  Not one forfeit!

Rex, why???

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Lloyd Jay Reife

"I didn't really care before that we were playing the Jets this week, but after hearing Rex Ryan say that "Chris Johnson was really flying out there" in preseason, now I'm super pumped and motivated to beat the Jets!", said no one ever.

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@tsjc68


If a vote were taken on Rex's rants to keep them up or refrain, the keep bragging and bellowing would win.  

Right! 

I've seen too many Jets fans urging him to shut up.  Let's make Alan Faneca's retirement day the starting point for him to have begun shutting  up.


Brendan
Brendan

@Lloyd Jay Reife That isn't who Rex is. If Rex stopped being himself, the whole thing comes crumbling down. The players feed off of that enthusiasm. One of Rex's biggest strengths as a coach is his motivation of players, and if he stops being himself he will cease to be one of the best in all of sports in this regard. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@Brendan


I am thrilled Rex is the Jets coach.  He has passion about the Jets since he wore toddler's shorts.  I defended on the old AOL Jets message boards Rex's actions to many a Dolphin and Patriot troll.

But in July?   In a few weeks they'll see CJ's speed.

Brendan
Brendan

@Lloyd Jay Reife We'll see it starting today! 


I don't think there's much to Rex's comments. He's basically confirming a really fast player is still really fast. And since he's coming off a knee injury (torn meniscus), it is actually something worth noting. If CJ is looking healthy and fast, that's a huge positive for the team. Since the team held him out of spring practices, this is their first real look at him, also. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Lloyd Jay Reife  I agree that Old Rex said things that legitimately fired up opposing teams, but those are usually much more personal and direct comments, rather than complimenting your speedy player's speed in July. The playoffs prediction is more in that realm, but even that is more of an in-house challenge than a public insult to anyone else. So I guess I'm saying I understand why you'd pause at comments where Rex is complimentary, but we should also realize that there are lots of positive comments coming from all corners of the football world in July. No one sucks yet. If he's still bragging in-season he better have the record to back it up because that's when teams will take notice.