Jun 17, 2014; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Johnson (21) during minicamp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Johnson Hopes to be the Guy with the New York Jets


As we all know, the Jets typically use the “Running Back by Committee” approach. They keep the carries basically even, and stick with the ball carrier that has the hot hand. The newest addition to the group is Chris Johnson. What does he think about all of it? How does he feel he will be used?

“Once the season starts and once we’re playing and I’m doing my thing, I’m pretty sure if I’m making plays they’re going to want to keep handing the ball off to me,” Johnson said. “If they want me to continue making plays, I’m pretty sure I can’t do that if I’m on the sideline.”

Is this ego? Is this CJ2K telling all of us that he is going to be trouble in the locker room. No it isn’t. Johnson is saying that if he is going well, the team would continue to roll with him. Look at the next quote:

“That’s with any position on the field, if we have a receiver that’s continuing to make play after play I’m pretty sure they’re going to keep getting the ball,” Johnson continued. “(Offensive coordinator) Marty (Mornhinweg) is a smart guy, he knows how to put his players in the right position to make plays, so at the end of the day, if I continue to play like I’ve been playing, they’re going to keep handing the ball off to me.”

Johnson is not saying he has to be the guy no matter what. He said that if he plays like he can play, he should get the football. That’s the type of attitude we want. You want your running back to crave the football. If Johnson wasn’t hungry for the football, and content to do 5-10 carries per game, that would be a guy that really isn’t interested in much.

We will see soon enough, how Johnson has recovered from injury. The Jets could have a scary group of running backs if he is healthy.

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  • Paul Newbold

    A healthy Johnson, performing well, would be a huge plus for the Jets running game. It would ad a new dimension to the Jets running game. It would also go a long way in aiding the offensive line. Everyone knew the Jets were going to run last season, and with Ivory and Powell, they could easily know where they were going to run also. If Johnson still has the speed to make the edge, defenses need to stay honest, last year they just simply stacked the box. I’m not so concerned about him holding up through a season, as I am what effect the knee surgery had. At 28, he’s not exactly “over the hill”, if the speed and instincts are still there, Johnson could turn out to be a dangerous addition to Marty’s arsenal! If Powell could get more involved in the pass game, and Ivory can stay healthy, the Jets will have some options, and you know Marty will be innovative enough to keep defenses off their toes. I’m also looking forward to seeing Daryl Richardson in camp, if he’s gotten healthy, the mix could become really intense! The backfield is the strength of the offense as it stands now.