Jets RB Chris Johnson's surgically repaired knee, which sidelined him for the spring, will be a hot topic throughout camp. The last thing the Jets will want to do is tax Johnson, so look for a modified practice schedule -- a "pitch count," as Rex Ryan likes to call it.
Chances are the Jets will take a backfield-by-committee approach, which underscores the importance of defining roles. It will be a balancing act for the coaches as they attempt to navigate four weeks of camp and three preseason games. (We're not counting the last game, which is useless.) There aren't as many practice reps as the not-so-old days, when teams had two practices per day. Every rep counts.
We had a recent news item where Johnson said he's not going to be part of a committee, so it will be interesting to see how roles emerge out of camp. Johnson is probably the favorite to land the starting spot, but Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell both ran pretty well at times last year so they figure to be in the mix. The story also points to former Ram Daryl Richardson as someone to keep an eye on.