Chris Johnson | RB | New York Jets
Posted: 8/8/2014 3:58pm et
New York Jets RB Chris Johnson looked rusty in his debut with the team against the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, Aug. 7. RB Chris Ivory (rib) was injured in the game and RB Bilal Powell (hamstring) is still nursing an injury, so Johnson was the team's lone healthy back for this game. Johnson dropped a pass on a third down and lacked burst while running, rushing for just two yards and a touchdown on four carries.
Huddle Up: Outside of some QB scrambles, no one looked particularly well running the ball Thursday night for N.Y. as the Jets averaged only 2.7 yards per rush on 37 carries. And it's not like Johnson has been a recent model of consistency, either, looking sluggish for one game or one series and then busting off a 70-yard scoring run in the next.
Posted: 8/6/2014 3:49pm et
New York Jets RBs Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell will all receive playing time this season, and the team likely will use a running back-by-committee approach, according to head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan said there is a chance the team uses the hot hand during games.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners already are wary with Johnson's ADP currently sitting around 75 (25th among RBs), but it could be headed even lower if we're seriously talking about a "hot-hand," 3-back committee. Wait and monitor the situation as long as you can this preseason before making any definitive draft-board decisions.
Posted: 7/25/2014 9:48am et
New York Jets RB Chris Johnson was put in motion and flexed out wide a lot in practice Thursday, July 24.
Huddle Up: Marty Mornhinweg is looking for ways to take advantage of CJ?K's speed, and there's no better way to do that than getting him the ball in space. Johnson has had success as a receiver, and in the Jets' West Coast system it's something he'll be expected to do more of this season.
Posted: 7/23/2014 10:01pm et
New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) will not be limited at the start of training camp, and he was 'flying' during his conditioning test, according to head coach Rex Ryan.
Huddle Up: The key to Johnson's game is his speed, and if he hasn't lost it he has a shot at another 1,000-yard season with his new team.
Posted: 6/19/2014 2:11am et
New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) says he will be ready for training camp in July. Johnson has participated in individual workouts the past two days. Johnson is excited to run behind a veteran offensive line, and believes he can be a 2,000-yard back in 2014. "I don't feel like I'm getting older or I lost a step. I still feel good. I still feel explosive, I just know the type of player I am, I'd never sell myself short," Johnson said, Wednesday, June 18. Bilal Powell and Alex Green have received the majority of repetitions during the team's minicamp.
Huddle Up: If Johnson is healthy in time for camp he should have little difficulty moving into the top spot on the Jets' RB depth chart, but another 2K season seems overly optimistic.
Posted: 6/17/2014 2:07pm et
Updating a previous report, New York Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn essentially said the team plans to let RB Chris Johnson run the ball as much as possible. "He's definitely going to get the ball,' Lynn said. "So, it's what he does with the ball. He can have as many yards as he wants."
Huddle Up: Johnson hasn't topped 279 rushes in any of the last 3 seasons after logging 358 and 316 carries, respectively, during his 2009-10 heydays with the Titans. We'll see if the switch to the run-heavy Jets changes things, or if Bilal Powell and/or Chris Ivory will cut into Johnson's workload.
Posted: 6/8/2014 5:29pm et
The New York Jets are not likely to cut back on the wildcat or read- option in 2014, in the opinion of Rich Cimini of ESPN New York. The team could use more of those formations to maximize the speed of RB Chris Johnson.
Huddle Up: Johnson has landed in the right spot, at least in terms of opportunity, as Rex Ryan's Jets have logged the most rushing attempts (2,571) and third-most rushing yards (10,876) in the league over the past 5 seasons -- no matter what the scheme or formation.
Posted: 5/22/2014 10:41pm et
New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) expects to be held out of OTAs until he is 100 percent healthy. Currently, Johnson is rehabbing, and this week started straight-ahead running.
Huddle Up: No huge deal as RBs typically can do without the extra work, but getting in a few extra preseason reps will grow more important later this summer as Johnson is joining a new offense.
Posted: 4/17/2014 10:32pm et
New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) said he expects to receive medical clearance to resume football activities in the near future. He underwent knee surgery in January but expects to be fully healthy for training camp.
Huddle Up: For now at least, ohnson also said he wouldn't mind sharing carries, and with Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory still on the Jets' roster, look for that to be the case.
Posted: 4/16/2014 6:53pm et
Updating a previous report, the New York Jets signed RB Chris Johnson to a two-year deal worth $8 million, with another $1 million in incentives available.
Huddle Up: That's about as good a contract as Johnson could have hoped. He'll split the workload with Chris Ivory on the run-heavy Jets.
Posted: 4/16/2014 11:02am et
The New York Jets are sticking to their budget/value system. While they want free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans), they will not 'overpay' for him. The depressed running back market suggests Johnson will fetch $3-4 million per year maximum.
Huddle Up: It'll be a step down for CJ$K money-wise, but an incentive-laden short-term deal with the run-heavy Jets might be his best option right now.
Posted: 4/15/2014 10:19pm et
Free-agent RB Chris Johnson's (Titans) visit with the New York Jets reportedly went well Tuesday, April 15, but he left without a deal. Other teams are involved with him, too.
Huddle Up: Johnson, who will be hard-pressed to find a better fit, would bring the speed and playmaking ability the Jets need. He's never gained fewer than 1,422 yards from scrimmage in his 6 NFL seasons, while the Jets only have had one RB (Thomas Jones in 2008 & '09) reach that total over the past decade.
Posted: 4/15/2014 3:56pm et
The New York Jets are visiting with free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans) Tuesday, April 15.
Huddle Up: Could the CJ2K sweepstakes come down to a pair of AFC East rivals with the Bills also rumored to be interested in the RB, who has averaged 1,661 yards from scrimmage in his 6 NFL seasons? The Jets would seem to be a better fit, but stay tuned . . .
Posted: 4/13/2014 4:22pm et
The Miami Dolphins likely will not sign free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans) because they added RB Knowshon Moreno earlier in the offseason.
Huddle Up: Yeah, a Lamar Miller-Daniel Thomas-Moreno-CJ2K backfield might get a little too crowded.
Posted: 4/10/2014 12:37am et
Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans) will not be engaging in private tryouts for anyone, according to a league source. The thinking is that he has generated six years of game film, and he's a proven commodity.
Huddle Up: At this point it's tough to see CJ?K getting anything more than an incentive-laden one-year "show me" type of deal, so why not rest on his body of work?
Posted: 4/7/2014 11:11am et
New York Jets RB Mike Goodson could be on the roster bubble if the team signs RB Chris Johnson (Titans) this offseason.
Huddle Up: Goodson has a ton of off-the-field baggage hanging over him, making him the likely cut if the Jets need to clear room for CJ?K.
Posted: 4/6/2014 3:36pm et
The Tennessee Titans have not officially released RB Chris Johnson yet because it has not been on the list of NFL transactions at this point. Johnson will not be able to sign with another team until he is officially released.
Huddle Up: Nothing it seems is ever cut and dry with CJ2K -- even his pending release from the Titans. He'll officially be on the open market soon enough, but it remains to be seen how much interest he'll generate.
Posted: 4/4/2014 10:34am et
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson will meet with general manager Ruston Webster Friday, April 4. Johnson is expected to undergo a physical during the visit and be released.
Huddle Up: It's one of the worst-kept secrets in football that CJ?K will be released, and it looks like by the end of Friday he'll officially be free to start talking to other teams.
Posted: 4/3/2014 3:53pm et
The Tennessee Titans are expected to release RB Chris Johnson at the end of this week or beginning of next week.
Huddle Up: There have been no takers with CJ2K's big salary, so it looks like he'll hit the open market.
Posted: 3/30/2014 10:56pm et
The Atlanta Falcons have no interest in Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson.
Huddle Up: The Falcons made one 2013's biggest FA RB splashes in bringing Steven Jackson aboard, but it wouldn't make much sense -- financial or otherwise -- for them to dip into that pool for a second straight year.
Posted: 3/30/2014 2:27pm et
The New York Jets could show interest in Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson if he is released this offseason, but they would have to be comfortable with his asking price.
Huddle Up: With the unproven likes of Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory currently atop their RB depth chart and the team lacking in overall offensive playmakers, the Jets could use a big-play back but like most every suitor at this stage, the price definitely has to be right.
Posted: 3/29/2014 3:46pm et
The Tennessee Titans are very likely to release RB Chris Johnson as soon as next week after failed trade attempts.
Huddle Up: It's been building to this for a while, but it finally looks like CJ will be team-shopping in the not-too-distant future.
Posted: 3/19/2014 12:36pm et
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson's trade market is heating up. There appears to be real interest from multiple teams.
Huddle Up: CJ?K has said he'll reduce his salary, but not much. But any team willing to pay for him--and pay him--will be willing to give him the ball 20 times a game, and that's what Johnson needs to find fantasy success. All it takes is one home run out of those 20 carries and it's a good day for CJ?K and his fantasy owners.
Posted: 3/13/2014 10:40pm et
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson is believed to be willing to accept a pay cut in order to facilitate a trade to another team. Johnson is scheduled to make $8 million next season.
Huddle Up: Johnson's salary is definitely a roadblock in today's lukewarm market for veteran RBs. See if a lower price tag is enough to sell a team on the back, who hasn't had fewer than 1,422 yards from scrimmage in any of his 6 seasons with the Titans.
Posted: 3/9/2014 3:37pm et
Former NFL LB Keith Bulluck called Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson a 'me' person. 'He's a friend of mine, but when it comes to athlete, he's a 'me' person,' Bulluck said. 'He's a 'me' person when it comes to the athlete. For the years that he's been there, it's never been his fault why he didn't have a good running game or why he didn't have a good game. It was always somebody else's fault.'
Huddle Up: It appears Johnson's days in Nashville are limited one way or another as the Titans are exploring trade options or a even a flat-out release of the 6-year vet. In the meantime, the team is reportedly interested in free-agents Donald Brown and Ben Tate -- 2 familiar faces from the AFC South.
Posted: 2/23/2014 7:43pm et
The Tennessee Titans met with the agent for RB Chris Johnson at the NFL Scouting Combine, but there was nothing resolved during the meeting. Johnson has not been interested in accepting a pay cut.
Huddle Up: Most signs remain pointing out of Nashville for the RB, who is entering his 7th pro season.
Posted: 2/4/2014 11:52pm et
Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt said he will talk with running backs coach Sylvester Croom before deciding whether to release RB Chris Johnson or keep him on the roster. 'I think an important thing is sitting down with Sylvester Croom and talking about the dynamic in the running back room and how those guys work and talking to some of the defensive coaches and their perspective of some of the players. And I'm talking about some of the coaches that were here. That's one of the pieces of the puzzle that's important too, is having some coaches on the staff that were here before. Because, you've heard me say this, chemistry is an important piece of it, and it is,' Whisenhunt said.
Huddle Up: Stay tuned as this is shaping up as one of the bigger fantasy personnel decisions of the offseason.
Posted: 1/27/2014 3:57pm et
Tennessee Titans pending free-agent RB Chris Johnson (knee) will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee Tuesday, Jan. 28. He'll be recovered in four to six weeks. Johnson suffered the injury in Week 3 and played through the season with it.
Huddle Up: Might be a ding to CJ?K's offseason price tag, though his playing through the injury speaks well for him. Plenty of reports suggest the Titans won't be bringing him back, but a four-to-six week recovery time frame should allow him to be healthy when potential free agent suitors start checking him out.
Posted: 1/15/2014 10:20am et
Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster was non-committal Tuesday, Jan. 14, when asked if RB Chris Johnson would be back in 2014, but he didn't rule anything out. 'We just got a new coach. Those are things that we have to talk through, and we'll do all that,' Webster said. 'I have been totally focused on this process (hiring a coach) and getting it done as fast as we could.' Reports earlier in the day stated it is unlikely Johnson will be back.
Huddle Up: New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt has plenty to sort through, not the least of which is the status of the team's most dynamic offensive player. Johnson is due $23 million over the next three seasons; he's indicated he won't rework his deal, and the Titans have more than hinted they may cut their losses on Johnson's contract. Should make for an interesting offseason in Nashville.
Posted: 1/14/2014 11:14pm et
According to speculation, Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson is unlikely to return to the team next year under new head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Huddle Up: Johnson is due $8 million next season on his contract, and one of Whisenhunt's first orders of business will be deciding what to do with the up-and-down RB, who already has said he'll want out if the team tries to reduce his workload or asks him to take a pay cut. Stay tuned ...
Posted: 1/8/2014 12:45pm et
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson said he wishes the team would use him correctly or let him move on. 'I feel like if they are not going to use me the way I am supposed to be used and let me be the horse, then I would rather them let me move on. Their money would be wasted on me,' Johnson said. 'I feel like if they are not going to use me right, let somebody get me that's going to use me the right way.' Johnson said he hasn't requested a trade. He vowed to continue working hard if the Titans decide to keep him. He is under contract through 2016.
Huddle Up: Johnson likes a high volume of carries, something Tennessee's new coach may not necessarily agree with. The Titans also need to make a decision on Jake Locker, which means the new coach will have plenty to do once he lands the job.
Posted: 12/19/2013 4:37pm et
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson (knee) returned to practice Thursday, Dec. 19, after sitting out Wednesday with a sore knee.
Huddle Up: Nothing more than late-season maintenance so expect Johnson to be there if you need him Sunday.
Posted: 11/15/2013 12:18am et
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson carried 17 times for 86 yards and 2 TDs on Thursday, Nov. 14 in a 30-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He also had one reception for a minus-2 yards.
Huddle Up: Johnson doubled his season rushing-TD total Thursday night, but he still left his fantasy owners wanting more after being limited to 16 yards and no scores on 9 carries in the second half after positing a 8-70-2-TD line in the opening 30 minutes.
Posted: 10/30/2013 10:42pm et
Updating a previous report, Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said Wednesday, Oct. 30, that ideally he would like to get 20 carries for RB Chris Johnson, while getting RB Shonn Greene 15 carries.
Huddle Up: Johnson hasn't gotten 20 carries in a game since Week 2 but apparently Tennessee is now going to run the football 40 times every week. It's one thing to say stuff like this but if the Titans go down early like they did against San Francisco, getting their running backs a certain number of carries won't be a priority.