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Spoiler Alert: Chris Johnson Wants To Start


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Chris Johnson

Nothing says, “please get here NFL season” like a non-story.  Well maybe blogging about a non-story that someone else wrote is a bigger sign that the NFL season needs to begin.  At any rate, Chris Johnson wants to be the primary starter at running back for the NY Jets.

I should have prefaced that with another spoiler alert because certainly that is a big surprise. Not.

Chris Johnson spoke with and here is what he had to say.

“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.”

“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.”

There is no conceivable scenario (injuries aside) in which Chris Johnson isn’t the starting RB. The only debate is how will the carries be divided between Johnson, Chris Ivory and possibly Bilal Powell. I personally see it being a 1a and 1b situation with Johnson and Ivory. Simply put, the Jets are going to want to keep everyone fresh. In May I wrote about how the Jets could split the load at running back.

Running back will be fun to watch during training camp.  We probably won’t know the Jets real plan for the position until the games start in September.  My bet is that the attempts per running back will look very different than last year. In 2013 Powell had 176 carries and Ivory had 182.  How will it break down this year is hard to say but this is my guess:

  1. Chris Johnson: 210 carries

  2. Chris Ivory: 156 carries

  3. Bilal Powell:  55 carries

Which brings me back to my first point; NY Jets training camp really can’t get here soon enough!

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I slightly disagree.  I think Johnson was brought in here to play the part of Leon Washington / LaDainian Tomlinson as back #1a to Ivory's #1.  I suspect Johnson senses that, so he says that if he keeps making plays they have to hand the ball to him.  He's correct.  I think Ivory will start the year as the most used back with Johnson used frequently, and if Johnson really starts producing then he becomes #1 and Ivory becomes #1a.  Both should get a lot of carries either way.

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I think a lot of fans are going to be very disappointed with Chris Johnson.

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he never said that, and it wouldn't matter if he did

 

they go with the hot hand, like a smart team would

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I think a lot of fans are going to be very disappointed with Chris Johnson.

I highly doubt that. 

 

I dont know why people are sleeping on this guy like this isn't Chris Johnson. He put up over 1000 yards rushing, 350 receiving yards and 10 total TD's on a torn meniscus he suffered in week 3. A fully healed CJ2K will be a serious addition.  

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I slightly disagree.  I think Johnson was brought in here to play the part of Leon Washington / LaDainian Tomlinson as back #1a to Ivory's #1.  I suspect Johnson senses that, so he says that if he keeps making plays they have to hand the ball to him.  He's correct.  I think Ivory will start the year as the most used back with Johnson used frequently, and if Johnson really starts producing then he becomes #1 and Ivory becomes #1a.  Both should get a lot of carries either way.

 

Chis Johnson"s ability to catch the football makes him much more difficult to take off the field. Their rushing totals may be similar at the end of the year, but I suspect CJ will have a lot more snaps and a lot more total offense when his receiving yards are thrown in. 

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We haven't had a back with CJs 2nd gear in a long, long time.

As much as I loves c.martin, he couldn't take it to the house from 60 yards. I always chuckle when they show his long run in the snow...because that was, as long as i can remember, the only long TD in his NYJ career! Haha

It'll be refreshing to watch a RB that just needs that one little sliver of daylight then.....BAM!!!....he's gone for 60 yds. Hope our OLine can give him that room.

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I highly doubt that.

I dont know why people are sleeping on this guy like this isn't Chris Johnson. He put up over 1000 yards rushing, 350 receiving yards and 10 total TD's on a torn meniscus he suffered in week 3. A fully healed CJ2K will be a serious addition.

Totally agree.... Esp in this offense. Too bad the line is still meh

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