Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 2:00pm
The way Titans RB Chris Johnson sees it, if he’s rushing for big yards, the Titans are winning. And the numbers bear him out. During his five-year pro career, the Titans are 24-9 in games when he rushed for 100 or more yards and 18-30 when he didn’t. The record jumps to 7-1 when he hits 150 yards. Whether they are building a lead or protecting it, the Titans are a better team when Johnson is running for chunks of yardage.
“Every year I want to rush for 2,000 yards, and I feel like if we are doing what is right and we are making plays on Sunday and if I get to that yardage, I feel like we can be a playoff team and hopefully win a Super Bowl,” he said.
The article goes on to say that coach Mike Munchak has made no secret of his desire to get back to a dominant ground game that controls the ball and keeps the Titans defense off the field. That means Johnson figures to be busy. The team also signed Shonn Green, who will likely get short yardage work (he was 11-for-11 on third downs last year) and maybe even goal line carries.
Titans RB Chris Johnson caught only 36 passes for 232 yards last season, both career-lows for the five-year veteran. He caught at least 50 passes in two of his first four seasons, and the Titans want to get him more involved in the passing game again.
In PPR formats, Johnson has never finished lower than 12th, and given the arrival of Shonn Greene, there is some concern that he won't see enough touches to be productive. But Johnson is still far and away the most talented RB on the roster, so the team will want to ramp up his participation in the passing game. He caught 57 passes two seasons ago; we currently project him for 51 catches for 401 yards. The link leads to a video from beat writer John Glennon, and in it he says the team would like to run the ball 30 times a game, giving Johnson 20 carries and Greene 10. That's probably optimistic.
Tennessee tailback Chris Johnson has told people he could become the first player in league history to post a pair of 2,000-yard rushing seasons, and that’s because he feels the Titans’ guards will be so much better than they were last year. The club signed Andy Levitre, arguably the premier guard in free agency, and drafted Alabama’s Chance Warmack in the first round. Levitre has missed some time while he recovers from offseason knee surgery, but is making good progress. Warmack was probably the top “roadgrader”-type blocker in the draft. Beyond the pair’s noted in-line prowess, though, both are good at getting to the second level, and that’s key to Johnson’s success.
“It looks like, besides (mauling) people at the line of scrimmage,” Johnson assessed, “those guys can get up the field.”
It was a 56/44 split between Johnson and LenDale White back in 2008, when Johnson carried the ball 251 times for 1,228 yards and nine TDs and White toted it 200 times for 773 yards and 15 TDs. The Titans' rush TDs have fallen off considerably since then, so it sounds as if Shonn Greene could take a bite out of Johnson's fantasy value because CJ1K probably won't find the endzone nine times in 2013. He has only scored 10 rushing TDs in the last two seasons, so it's not like Johnson is TD-dependent. The Titans could offset this by using him more as a pass-catcher. He caught a career low 36 passes in 2012 after averaging 48.5 catches in his first four seasons. The Tennessee running game simply isn't as potent as it was in the days of Johnson/White -- the team has averaged 377 carries in the last two seasons after averaging 503.5 carries from 2008 to 2009. Johnson's 2nd round ADP seems about right.
Monday, June 10, 2013, 11:14pm
“I didn’t like the move, I didn’t think it was a smart move,” said Johnson of his initial impression. “[But] that’s because of being too quick to say things and not really knowing the whole objectives of things. Once the off-season started, being here, being in the playbook and seeing the type of things they’re trying to do, I don’t think it was really a bad choice. I’m not worried about him taking any carries.”
If the addition of Greene costs Johnson goal line carries, it’s something he will deal with like he’s had to his entire career and adjust his goals.
“At the end of the day you want to stay in there,” the 2009 AP Offensive Player of the Year said. “[But] I’d rather have 2,000 yards than have 20 touchdowns, so you got to take the good with the bad.”
Unfortunately, it's not an either/or proposition when it comes to Johnson's yardage/TD totals. Fantasy owners would be ecstatic if he had another 2,000-yard season, but it's probably not in the cards given how the team's running game has declined in recent years. Johnson finished as the #13 RB in standard formats with just six rushing TDs, so it's not like his rush TDs can drop that much. We're expecting Greene to steal some carries, but Johnson should make up for it in the passing game.
The Titans have tried to sell RB Chris Johnson on the fact that giving Shonn Greene some of his carries will make Johnson more effective because he will be fresher, and it will extend his career. They are planning on using Johnson and Greene they way they used Johnson and LenDale White together early in Johnson’s career.
It was a 56/44 split between Johnson and White back in 2008, when Johnson carried the ball 251 times for 1,228 yards and nine TDs and White toted it 200 times for 773 yards and 15 TDs. The Titans' rush TDs have fallen off considerably since then, so it sounds as if Greene could take a bite out of Johnson's fantasy value because CJ1K probably won't find the endzone nine times in 2013. He has only scored 10 rushing TDs in the last two seasons, so it's not like Johnson is TD-dependent. The Titans could offset this by using him more as a pass-catcher. He caught a career low 36 passes in 2012 after averaging 48.5 catches in his first four seasons. The Tennessee running game simply isn't as potent as it was in the days of Johnson/White -- the team has averaged 377 carries in the last two seasons after averaging 503.5 carries from 2008 to 2009.
Titans HC Mike Munchak told Pro Football Talk that he wants to add a "downhill" to the backfield to take some of the load off of RB Chris Johnson. He said that Johnson would still "get as many touches, but would maybe do it in different ways," like catching the ball out of the backfield on dump-offs and screens.
Johnson has only scored 10 rushing TDs in the last two seasons, so don't expect a drop in short-yardage touches to drastically impact his fantasy value. If anything, his value is enhanced in PPR formats if the Titans follow through on their intention to involve him more heavily in the passing game.
Sunday, February 3, 2013, 5:23pm
Friday, December 28, 2012, 7:20pm
Titans RB Chris Johnson (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Johnson is expected to start against the Jaguars on Sunday.
CJ1K has a nice matchup with the Jaguars on Sunday.
Thursday, December 27, 2012, 7:24pm
Johnson says he takes pride in being durable and will play this week against the Jaguars, who are #28 in aFPA to RBs.
New York Jets
TE Jeff Cumberland (wrist), DT Kenrick Ellis (knee/back), DT Damon Harrison (ankle), S LaRon Landry (heel), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), RB Joe McKnight (ankle), G Brandon Moore (hip), LB Calvin Pace (shoulder), RB Bilal Powell (shoulder/toe), QB Mark Sanchez (back), LB Ricky Sapp (ankle), LB Bart Scott (toe), G Matt Slauson (knee), QB Tim Tebow (ribs)
Cumberland will draw another start at tight end with Keller likely to be inactive, and Hill could miss the remainder of the season with a strained LCL injury. As for the Titans, Johnson returned to practice on Friday and is a full go as his ankle isn’t a concern. The Jets offer Johnson a good matchup and he should post solid fantasy production.
Friday, December 14, 2012, 7:39pm