Why the New York Jets Need Chris Johnson

Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) walks off the field after the Titans

The expected reality has come true. Chris Johnson, or “CJ2K”, has been released by the Titans. The Jets have the salary cap space to sign this guy. According to NFL.com, the Jets lead the race to get the guy, take a look:

Three separate New York outfits offered the exact same report Friday morning, conceding the Jets’ interest but cautioning that a signing would be possible only at the right price. In other words, the perceived front-runners are sending a message to Johnson’s camp to lower expectations from the $8 million the running back originally was scheduled to earn in 2014. A source informed of the Titans’ thinking tells NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that the Jets came closest to pulling off a trade.

It is no surprise that the Jets are going to hold out for the right price, that is how John Idzik does business. However, if they can get the right price, and Johnson is willing to play a complimentary role, the Jets absolutely need to bring him in here. Why?

Because he is something that the Jets haven’t had in a billion years. He’s a gamebreaker.

Take a look at this screen pass from week seven of 2013:

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Jake Locker is in the shotgun, with Chris Johnson lined up to his left. Chris is simply going to fall out into the short flat, and turn around.

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Here is CJ2K making the catch out of the backfield. The execution is set up to be excellent. Look at the blockers all set to make a lane for Johnson. But you can’t teach this kind of breakaway speed. Let’s watch him go, as best as we can through some still pictures.

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Chris makes one cutback around the nearby defenders.

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And he is off to the races.

66 yards later, it was a touchdown for the Titans.

What is my point here? Again, he is a gamebreaker. Even at a reduced role, Chris would be a great fit in the Marty Mornhinweg offense. Get Chris on the outside in the screen game and the Jets will have an element to their game that they haven’t had in long time.

If the price is right, it’s time to make a move. It would invigorate the franchise, and pump up a fan base that is dying to see an explosive offense take the field.

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  • Speaksnow

    I can’t remember this guy getting in trouble, or having injury issues. After his 2006 yd season he thought an a lot of himself, and comes across selfish at times, but I’d like him on the Jets. He is a good fit for Morningwig

    • Alan Schechter

      Agreed with all of that John.

  • Paul Newbold

    While he would be a nice addition, obviously he’s no longer the same back that ran for 2,000 yds, but he does always carry the potential to break a big one. On the cheap this signing would make sense, but if other teams drive the price up. expect the Jets to step away quickly, and it would make sense. There is considerable talent in the NFL draft, and this season the talk surrounding them has been minimal at best. Considering the opportunity the draft brings to draft and develop a young talented back without using a top pick to do so, allows the Jets to walk away if the price gets too high. RB is not that high on the priority list, its more of luxury signing, so if the choose to pass on him and draft one instead…. no big deal.

    • Alan Schechter

      Very true Paul. John won’t go too high for this guy, with the other available talent in the upcoming draft.

  • barry smith


    • Alan Schechter

      well put Barry