After missing all of training camp last season because of a contract holdout, Titans RB Chris Johnson worked with teammates and coaches this summer. He was in better shape, and more comfortable in Year 2 under offensive coordinator Chris Palmer. A year ago, Johnson just arrived with the team barely a week before the season.
When the Titans opened up the season on Sunday against the Patriots, however, the Titans looked even worse than last year in the running game. Johnson managed a measly four yards on 11 carries, and on most attempts he was hit in the backfield.
Johnson deserves some of the blame. He was often too hesitant in the team’s 34-13 loss, and he didn’t attack the hole with a vengeance. But Johnson’s line didn’t get the job done, either. They were beaten off the football and looked out of sync.
The Patriots appear to have a very good front seven, so Johnson owners shouldn't panic and trade him away for peanuts after Week 1.