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The New York Jets offense should be significantly better next season, as they will be better at every skill position after signing Eric Decker, drafting Jalen Saunders and Shaq Evans, adding Michael Vick as a backup, scooping up Chris Johnson, and getting another offseason of development from starting QB Geno Smith. If Chris Ivory can stay healthy, then the Jets should have a very good running back duo with him and CJ carrying the load, as Johnson never ran for less than 1,000 yards in a season during his six years for the Tennessee Titans. The Jets were able to sign him after the Titans released him, as they deemed his per-carry production (a career-low 3.9 last year) too average, especially when compared to his bloated price tag.


The Jets also signed Daryl Richardson this offseason after the St. Louis Rams made him a surprise cut, and they are expected to release the troubled Mike Goodson at some point this offseason after adding a younger RB with less concerns in D-Rich. Rex Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg should have a strong running game to work behind Geno, who also has explosive weapons in Decker, Saunders, and, hopefully, Jace Amaro at TE.In fairness, Johnson did slog through a meniscus injury last season that he suffered in Week 3.According to ESPN New York’s Kieran Darcy CJ1K stated that the Jets will “probably” hold him out of OTAs. He’s still rehabbing his knee injury, and the Jets want to ease him back after John Idzik gave him a decent two-year, $8 million deal with $3 million guaranteed.

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Chris Johnson unsure how Jets will split running back carries

 

FLORHAM PARK – Because new Jets running back Chris Johnson has been mostly rehabbing his knee since the Jets began offseason workouts April 21, he hasn’t gotten a firm grasp yet on how the team will use him in a backfield that also includes Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell as its other primary members, along with injured Mike Goodson (knee) and Daryl Richardson, a recent waiver claim.

“Basically, right now, I’ve been in rehab a lot, not being able to be on the field with the team,” he said. “From just going through the playbook and talking with coaches, it’s going to be very interesting this year, getting me in space a lot, and just putting me in position to help this team win. That was one of the reasons that helped me choose to come over here: They’ve got a pretty good offensive line and they like to run the ball and mix it up.”

The Jets ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing yards last season and 10th in yards per carry. They had a balanced attack, and ran the ball 13 more times than they threw it.

Since Johnson hasn’t been on the field with his teammates, while doing knee surgery rehab that will sideline him for organized team activities, he said he couldn’t yet pinpoint how many carries he would like to have this season. In six seasons with the Titans, he averaged 290 a year and never had fewer than 251 (his rookie year). Last season, even while playing hurt, he carried 279 times. He almost certainly won’t carry that many times in the Jets’ backfield by committee.

“I’m not sure how they’re going to use all of us,” said Johnson, who has never played in a backfield by committee during his NFL career.

Johnson does feel hopeful that he can be an asset to the Jets by catching passes out of the backfield – a part of the West Coast offense that the Jets sorely missed last season.

“There was some of that discussed (while talking with the Jets during free agency),” Johnson said. “That’s another way to get me the ball in space and to help me make plays. That’s something they told me they would like for me to do here, too.”

But as for the question everybody is wondering about – how will the Jets split the carries? – Johnson said the running backs are fine with waiting to determine that, and also fine with whatever the answer might be.

“I knew the situation coming in, and we’re just going to work together and everybody’s goal is to put wins on the board,” Johnson said. “We’re not really worrying about the carries or who’s going to play this down or that down. We’ve just all got one focus, and that’s winning.”

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Chris Johnson Injury: Updates on Jets RB's Recovery from Knee Surgery

 

 

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Chris Johnson was one of the big signings for the New York Jets this offseason, but don't expect to see him at the team's OTAs, as the star running back continues to rehabilitate his knee. 

From Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday:  

 

 

Like many Jets fans, however, Johnson seems optimistic about the team's prospects moving forward:

 

 

Peter King of Sports Illustrated is one of many who likes the team's offseason moves, including the addition of Johnson:

 

 

Johnson was one of several additions—including quarterback Michael Vick, wide receiver Eric Decker and rookie draft pick and tight end Jace Amaro—who will be expected to help dramatically improve last year's impotent offense.

Johnson has now rushed for 1,000 or more yards in all six of his NFLseason, accumulating 1,077 rushing yards and six touchdowns a year ago, though he's never quite lived up to the standard he set in 2009 when he rushed for 2,006 yards and 14 touchdowns. 

Nonetheless, once he's healthy he'll represent an upgrade at the position for New York. Chris Ivory (833 rushing yards and three touchdowns) and Bilal Powell (697 rushing yards, one touchdown) shared the load last season in the running game, but neither has the home-run hitting ability of Johnson. 

Johnson may not get anywhere close to 2,000 yards again in his career, but he certainly has plenty of rushing yards left in the tank for the Jets.

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The New York Jets offense should be significantly better next season, as they will be better at every skill position after signing Eric Decker, drafting Jalen Saunders and Shaq Evans, adding Michael Vick as a backup, scooping up Chris Johnson, and getting another offseason of development from starting QB Geno Smith. If Chris Ivory can stay healthy, then the Jets should have a very good running back duo with him and CJ carrying the load, as Johnson never ran for less than 1,000 yards in a season during his six years for the Tennessee Titans. The Jets were able to sign him after the Titans released him, as they deemed his per-carry production (a career-low 3.9 last year) too average, especially when compared to his bloated price tag.

The Jets also signed Daryl Richardson this offseason after the St. Louis Rams made him a surprise cut, and they are expected to release the troubled Mike Goodson at some point this offseason after adding a younger RB with less concerns in D-Rich. Rex Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg should have a strong running game to work behind Geno, who also has explosive weapons in Decker, Saunders, and, hopefully, Jace Amaro at TE.In fairness, Johnson did slog through a meniscus injury last season that he suffered in Week 3.According to ESPN New York’s Kieran Darcy CJ1K stated that the Jets will “probably” hold him out of OTAs. He’s still rehabbing his knee injury, and the Jets want to ease him back after John Idzik gave him a decent two-year, $8 million deal with $3 million guaranteed.

 

good, keep him healthy

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This dude isnt exactly known for his work ethic. Let's hope he can haul ass when we need him to

Never under a thousand years in a season. Who cares if he eats cookies and washes it down with scotch. He is an upgrade. He will do his thing. Now, lets just hope Geno gets him the ball unlike Sanchez who tossed it to D linemen. 

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Never under a thousand years in a season. Who cares if he eats cookies and washes it down with scotch. He is an upgrade. He will do his thing. Now, lets just hope Geno gets him the ball unlike Sanchez who tossed it to D linemen.

Geno is a million and one times better at screen passes than Mark ever was. He had a lot of screen plays designed at WVU and was really good at it last year, our receivers YAC from those screens not so much. Hopefully CJ2K stays healthy and he will do great in the passing game out of the backfield.

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Geno is a million and one times better at screen passes than Mark ever was. He had a lot of screen plays designed at WVU and was really good at it last year, our receivers YAC from those screens not so much. Hopefully CJ2K stays healthy and he will do great in the passing game out of the backfield.

Dude, you are so full of crap...take off your green glasses and down your Sanchez posters!

Geno is a million and one times better than a million and one times better than Sanchez @ throwing screen passes!

Some people!

Hehehe

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