Although he hasn’t taken a snap yet as a member of the New York Jets, one of the most popular transactions John Idzik has made to date was the signing of running back Chris Johnson, the artist formerly known as CJ2K. The running back famous for running for over 2,000 yards in 2009, although never to that threshold since, has just completed his sixth consecutive 1,000 yard seasons.
Take a look at his career stats to date if you aren’t already familiar:
Rushing & Receiving
This just in, Johnson is pretty good. To put things in perspective, if he reaches 1,000 yards four more times, that will equal the ten consecutive years put out by Curtis Martin.
However, there is a question out there. Will there be enough carries to include Johnson in a significant manner? Between Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Mike Goodson, Daryl Richardson, and Alex Green in addition to Johnson, those are a lot of guys. Of course they won’t ALL make the team but still must be kept in mind.
However, according to Jets’ running back coach Anthony Lynn, CJ2K controls his own destiny as far as the yardage he can have the chance to produce:
“That’s up to him,” running backs coach Anthony Lynn told the Daily News. “He’s definitely going to get the ball. So, it’s what he does with the ball… He can have as many yards as he wants.”
The team admires how Johnson stayed on the field all season rather than electing to have surgery. He showed his competitiveness with the Titans and he is showing it here in Florham Park as well.
“He wants every single rep,” Lynn said. “That’s the type of attitude most running backs have. They want every single rep. I think that’s good. I think that’s healthy. It just means that he’s competitive. But how we split those up remains to be seen. By the time we go through the process, the cream will rise to the top like it always does. We’ll go ahead with a couple guys. And then they’ll do it by committee anyway.”
Don’t you love that? He is in top handful of players in the league as far as explosiveness, and Johnson is bringing his game to Gotham. He should be fun to watch.