|Jets likely to go with "hot hand" at RB -- Thu Sep 4 4:10 pm --|
Johnson expects to start, but does not know exact role
|Chris Johnson expects to start Sunday in the New York Jets' season opener, but he's not sure about his exact role -- i.e. how the carries will be divided among the running backs. Johnson might not be certain of the particulars, but he's confident in this: He won't be spending a lot of time on the bench.
In six seasons with the Titans, Johnson averaged 18 carries per game. He probably won't reach that number, especially since he's coming off knee surgery. RB coach Anthony Lynn subscribes to the "hot hand" philosophy. (ESPN New York)|
FF Today's Take: Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell are all listed as starters on the depth chart, for what little that is worth. Johnson is a poor fit for Rex Ryan's preferred "Ground-and-Pound" attack while Ivory is, meaning Johnson could have more than his share of bad fantasy days. The ex-Titan shouldn't be considered anything more than a flex in all leagues until he assumes the lead role for sure, assuming that even happens.
|Jets expected to take it easy on Chris Johnson -- Mon Jul 14 3:55 pm --|
Likely to see limited action in preseason
|Five years removed from his 2,000-yard season with the Tennessee Titans, Chris Johnson starts over with the Jets, attempting to prove he's still CJ2K. His surgically-repaired knee, which sidelined him for the spring, will be a hot topic throughout camp. The last thing the Jets will want to do is tax Johnson, so look for a modified practice schedule - a "pitch count," as Rex Ryan likes to call it. It doesn't matter how many rushing yards he accumulates in the preseason; the objective is to make sure he's in peak condition for the Sept. 7 opener. (ESPN New York)|
FF Today's Take: With Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and possibly even Daryl Richardson in reserve, the Jets really have no reason to run Johnson into the ground. As the article points out at the end, only two other backs faced more eight-man boxes than Johnson last year, so opposing defensive coordinators still fear him. Still, Johnson should be in line for a shade over 200 carries, which should allow him to be a solid low-end RB2 option.