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Chris Johnson | Running Back

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 203
College: East Carolina
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Chris Johnson rushed nine times for 42 yards in Friday's preseason game, adding two catches for an additional 35 yards.
Johnson got the "start" over Chris Ivory, but both players spent ample time with the first-team offense. CJ2K out-touched Ivory 8-5 while Geno Smith was in the game. Ivory looked good, but so did Johnson, even breaking a few tackles. That was something he rarely did in Tennessee last season. Johnson had big lanes to run through, and looked lightning quick in the open field. He has 23 carries for 107 yards (4.65 YPC) and a touchdown through three preseason games. He's added six catches for 52 yards. Johnson will be best utilized as a FLEX play in fantasy leagues. Aug 22 - 10:29 PM

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Coach Rex Ryan reiterated this week that he doesn't anticipate that "one guy is just going to carry the load" in the Jets' backfield this season.

Chris Johnson had one run of 25-plus yards last year. Chris Ivory had five carries of 25-plus yards on 97 fewer attempts. Johnson continues to talk himself up as an annual 1,000-yard rusher -- he is, because he's stayed healthy and compiled numbers -- but based on recent efficiency, CJ?K isn't the best runner in the Jets' backfield. New York plans to use a committee approach this season.
Aug 22 - 2:06 PM

Chris Johnson rushed ten times for 63 yards and caught two passes for one yard in the Jets' second preseason game Saturday night.

Johnson was given a surprisingly large workload, although it's worth noting Chris Ivory did not play. Despite whispers of a major receiving role out of Jets camp, Johnson has just four catches for 17 yards through two exhibition affairs. On the ground, he has 64 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.
Aug 16 - 10:20 PM

Chris Johnson managed one yard on three carries in the Jets' preseason opener Thursday night, but scored a goal-line touchdown and added 16 yards on two receptions.

Johnson was the second back through the Jets' rotation -- Chris Ivory got the start -- but picked up additional snaps when Ivory suffered a rib injury. It also led to the goal-line TD, good from a yard out. Johnson also worked as New York's passing-down back, securing a 10-yard gain on a checkdown. He had a drop later in the first quarter, however. Long overrated in the passing game, Johnson's usage in that area remains to be seen. Bilal Powell is a superior pass protector. Still, it's smart for the Jets to try to find ways to feed Johnson the ball in space. We still believe Johnson is wildly overvalued at his fifth-round ADP.
Aug 7 - 8:28 PM

ESPN New York doesn't envision Chris Johnson coming anywhere close to his Titans average of 290 carries per year this season with the Jets.

Coach Rex Ryan said on Tuesday that the Jets will use a "committee approach" in the backfield, featuring all three of Johnson, Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell. Beat writer Rich Cimini expects Johnson to finish the season with the most carries, but "it won't be a landslide" over Ivory and Powell. Johnson is merely a RB3/FLEX in fantasy, while Ivory offers upside in touchdown-heavy leagues as the favorite for goal-line duties. Powell is an above-average pass protector.
Aug 6 - 3:03 PM

When asked about his running back distribution, Jets coach Rex Ryan answered "I definitely think it’s going to be a committee approach."

The Jets' first depth chart listed Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell as co-starters. It makes perfect sense as Johnson is a 29-year-old (in September) running back who is averse to contact and doesn't break tackles. Ivory can do the physical Ground 'N Pound stuff Rex loves and Powell is a pass-game specialist. Johnson, who will struggle for lanes behind a far worse run-blocking line than he had in Tennessee, is wildly overrated at his fifth-round ADP.
Aug 6 - 8:26 AM

Chris Johnson participated Saturday in his first live full-contact action since offseason knee surgery.

Johnson ran with the starters for a few drives in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage, rushing five times for 14 yards. The knee that he insists crippled him in Tennessee last season is no longer a concern. Still, we're not on a 29-year-old (in September) back who doesn't break tackles and won't get goal-line work.
Aug 3 - 9:47 AM

Chris Johnson underwent stem-cell treatment surgery on his left knee in the offseason.

Until now, Johnson's surgery had been classified as a mere scope. When Johnson tore his meniscus last Week 3, he says he lost a ton of cartilage. Injecting stem cells -- taken from bone marrow near Johnson's pelvis -- "might be able to help rebuild that cartilage." The hope is the stem cells help rebuild the tissue. Stem-cell treatment is becoming very common among pro athletes.
Jul 30 - 9:23 AM

According to the New York Post, the Jets put Chris Johnson "in motion" and "flexed him out as a wide receiver quite a few times" during his first practice of training camp Thursday.

Johnson played some receiver at East Carolina. Playing wideout and slot could give the Jets increased flexibility on offense, perhaps with CJ?K and Chris Ivory on the field together in some formations. "Having that kind of game-breaker out of the backfield certainly will get your attention," coach Rex Ryan said. "The kid at Buffalo, Spiller, is one of those guys that has that kind of speed. Chris, obviously, your antenna is up every time he comes out of that backfield. If he motions out, the DBs know, like wait a second, here’s a 4.2. You’ll approach him differently than you would most halfbacks." Johnson remains a dicey RB2/flex in re-draft leagues.
Jul 25 - 1:36 PM

Chris Johnson (knee) has been medically cleared for training camp.

Coach Rex Ryan described CJ?K as "flying" during his Wednesday conditioning run, which isn't surprising because Johnson has always possessed blazing straight-line speed. Johnson underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus this past January, but it was never expected to threaten his training camp status. He's expected to be 1A to Chris Ivory's 1B in the Jets' 2014 backfield.
Jul 23 - 7:58 PM

ESPN New York expects the Jets to take a backfield-by-committee approach.

The only one surprised by this take is Chris Johnson, who still seems to be under the assumption he's an every-down workhorse. Running backs coach Anthony Lynn has already stated that Johnson's load will be monitored, an effort to keep a 29-year-old (in September) with 2,014 career touches fresh. Chris Ivory and possibly Bilal Powell will have chances to seize a hot hand, leaving CJ?K with far less volume than he saw in Tennessee.
Jul 14 - 8:42 AM

Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg referred to Chris Johnson as a "first-ballot Hall of Famer."

First-ballot HOF running backs, even on the downside of their careers, don't typically share carries. So if Mornhinweg truly believes Johnson belongs in that category, he'll be a good bet to hold off Chris Ivory. Johnson recently stated he doesn't believe the Jets' backfield will be a timeshare. We suspect it's probably only a matter of time before CJ?K begins complaining about his workload.
Jul 4 - 11:25 AM

Chris Johnson believes he will not be involved in a timeshare with Chris Ivory on the Jets.

"As for the timeshare and all that, it won't be an issue I'm pretty sure," said Johnson. "... 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." It's worth noting that incumbent starter Ivory averaged 4.58 yards per carry last season. Johnson averaged 3.86. There's a good case to be made that Ivory is the Jets' best runner.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 2 - 9:56 PM

Chris Johnson (knee surgery) said he's been "pretty much cleared" by Dr. James Andrews.

Johnson underwent an offseason scope to repair a meniscus tear he sustained in Week 3 last season. "I wouldn't label myself at 100 percent, but very close," he said. "In the 90s." Johnson is expected to be a full-go at training camp, where he'll try to seize control of this hot-hand backfield in front of Chris Ivory. Given his uninspiring tape over the last three years (4.12 YPC, 16 touchdowns), we're not expecting CJ?K to earn much more than 200 carries.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 2 - 8:41 AM

Jets RBs coach Anthony Lynn indicated the team will limit Chris Johnson's usage in an effort to "keep him fresh."

The Jets may believe Johnson would produce more big plays if given fewer carries. "He's got some miles on him," Lynn acknowledged. "So we're going to have to be strategic in how we use him, and when we use him, to keep him fresh so that he can be the explosive guy that I know that he can be." Lynn suggested Johnson, Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell will all be involved. With declining volume, Johnson is going to be a dicey RB2 fantasy investment.
Jun 25 - 9:10 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Geno Smith
2Michael Vick
RB1Chris Johnson
2Chris Ivory
3Bilal Powell
GLB1Chris Ivory
2Chris Johnson
3RB1Chris Johnson
2Bilal Powell
FB1Tommy Bohanon
WR11Eric Decker
2David Nelson
3Jalen Saunders
4Quincy Enunwa
5Walter Powell
WR21Jeremy Kerley
2Greg Salas
3Saalim Hakim
WR31David Nelson
TE1Jeff Cumberland
2Jace Amaro
3Zach Sudfeld
K1Nick Folk