The New York Jets have made some intriguing offensive moves this off season and the trend continued on Wednesday. Adam Schefter reported that Former Titans’ running back Chris Johnson has landed with gang green for a two year deal.
According to Sportsline.com, Tennessee cut their star running back after questioning his work ethic. However, they note that the Jets don’t have any worries about Chris Johnson’s commitment to football.
Although Chris Johnson’s production has been on a steady decline in recent years, he’s been more than serviceable on the field. That can be good news or bad news, depending on the way you’re looking at it.
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Chris Johnson has started 79 of his last 80 games in the NFL and he hasn’t missed a game since 2006. With the Jets, he can be part of dynamic 1-2 punch that is capable of running the Jets into the playoffs.
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Johnson has scored 16 touchdowns in his last three seasons, but he scored 25 in the two seasons prior to his decline. For his career, he has averaged 4.6 yards a carry with the Titans. His final season ended with a 3.9 yard per carry average.
If the Jets are able to lighten his workload, while increasing his production, that will be the best thing for both parties. Also, if Mike Vick becomes the starting quarterback, Johnson and the other running backs should have more rushing lanes to run through.
It looks like the Jets will have more functional speed at the skill position than they’ve had in a long time. We will see how this move turns out for the New York Jets.
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