Last year, now Jets RB Chris Johnson rushed for 1,077 yards, the second-lowest total of his career. He tore the meniscus in his right knee in Week 3 and played 13 games injured.
The Titans, betting that he is on the downside of his career, released him, but Johnson -- who turns 29 in September and had arthroscopic surgery in January -- believes he still has some pretty big years left. And that, more than anything else, motivates him as he gets ready for his first season as a Jet.
"Almost all of last year, I was hurt," Johnson said. "Now I feel good, really good. I just want to get back on the field, help the team and continue making plays like I have my whole career and not worry about anybody else."
Johnson seems like he has a lot to prove and it's good news early on that he says he feels good. He's poised to be the Jets RB1, but we've already heard reports Chris Ivory could get goal line work and Bilal Powell was very good at times last year and could also be in the mix. Still, Johnson is the running back to own on the Jets. He's ranked 19th among our backs but we feel he's trending up in what is a run-first Jets offense. He has the highest ADP (6th round, 10-team leagues) of any of our top-20 running backs.