| Running Back, New York Jets
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|Draft: 2008 Round 1 (24)
College: East Carolina
Ht: 5’11” Wt: 191 DOB: 1985-09-23 Age: 29
|Jets decline option on Chris Johnson, free agent -- Sat Feb 14 2:00 pm --|
Set to become free agent on March 10th
|The Chris Johnson the Jets signed a year ago wasnít up to his old standards, so they decided not to keep him around for another year.
The team announced they werenít picking up the option on the veteran running backís contract, meaning heíll be an unrestricted free agent on March 10. (ProFootballTalk)|
FF Today's Take: Johnson averaged a respectable 4.3 yards per carry in New York but the cap savings of $3.5 million coupled with mediocre production won't get a veteran running back re-signed these days. Chris Ivory and Daryl Richardson are the top two running backs on the Jets depth chart.
|Chris Johnson arrested on weapons charge -- Sat Jan 10 1:10 pm --|
Open carrying of weapons/firearms, second degree misdemeanor
|Jets running back Chris Johnson has been arrested in his hometown of Orlando, Florida.
PFT has confirmed a report that Johnson was arrested on Friday for open carrying of a firearm, a second degree misdemeanor. A league source tells PFT that Johnson does have a license to carry in Florida. But this arrest wasnít just for carrying, it was for open carrying. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: The team is aware of the situation but isn't commenting. Johnson split time with Chris Ivory this past season and signed a 2-year deal prior to last season.
|Chris Johnson eclipses 100-yard mark -- Tue Dec 2 8:33 am --|
Jets total 277 rushing yards but lose to Dolphins
|It was the best game of Chris Johnson's first season with the Jets -- 105 yards rushing on 17 carries as part of a running game that totaled a whopping 277 yards. But when the Jets had to have points at the end of the game to overcome Miami's 16-13 lead Monday night at MetLife Stadium, Johnson wasn't on the field and quarterback Geno Smith suddenly found himself in desperation mode.
As much as the Jets would like to believe the ground-and-pound approach they took against the Dolphins worked superbly, it underlined an NFL axiom that says teams have to run to win but they have to pass to score points.
The running game was effective from the start, mixing in several wide receiver reverses with the running of Johnson, who broke a 47-yarder that set up a 20-yard touchdown by Greg Salas on a reverse for a 7-0 lead, and Chris Ivory, who had 62 yards on 16 carries.
"The offensive line was pushing those guys around," Johnson said. "They were giving all the running backs, not just myself, lanes to run. But the main thing is that we didn't get the victory." (Newsday)|
FF Today's Take: Johnson looked like the CJ2K of old as he slashed through the Miami defense, but the presence of Ivory and the lack of scoring ability seriously dampens his prospects down the stretch.It's better just to avoid all the Jets offensive players at this point.
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