The team will not exercise its option on running back Chris Johnson and he can become an unrestricted free agent on March 10.
Johnson's release is not a surprise, though there are now approximately 179 touches up for grabs in New York. The team has been linked to free agent C.J. Spiller, who had his best season (250 touches, 1703 total yards, eight touchdowns) under new Jets OC Chan Gailey back in 2012. If the Jets sign Spiller, he would form a one-two punch with Chris Ivory, who rushed for 821 yards (on 4.1 YPC) last season.
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Jets RB Chris Ivory (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17. Ivory should be fine to face Miami, who has struggled against the run lately.
Monday, December 1, 2014, 7:10pm
LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (hamstring, knee), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), T Nate Garner (illness)
T Ja'Wuan James (neck)
T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), RB John Conner (groin), WR Eric Decker (toe), DE Leger Douzable (ankle), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Ivory (shoulder), S Jaiquawn Jarrett (calf), RB Chris Johnson (knee), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), RB Bilal Powell (illness), DT Sheldon Richardson (back), QB Michael Vick (right wrist, illness)
With Clay unlikely to play again, Dion Sims will get the start. He had four catches for 31 yards filling in last week. The good news for Miami is RB Lamar Miller and WR Mike Wallace are both listed as probable. For the Jets, TE Jace Amaro is out as he goes through concussion protocol. Meanwhile, WR Eric Decker, RBs Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson Bilal Powell and QB Michael Vick are all probable in what could be a tough matchup against a solid Dolphins defense.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
(New York conducted a walk-through on Saturday)
T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), WR T.J. Graham (neck), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Ivory (shoulder), S Jaiquawn Jarrett (calf), RB Chris Johnson (knee), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), LB Trevor Reilly (knee), WR Greg Salas (wrist), QB Geno Smith (right shoulder), CB Darrin Walls (calf)
DE Jarius Wynn (knee)
CB Ron Brooks (groin), RB Fred Jackson (groin)
K Dan Carpenter (right groin), WR Marquise Goodwin (ankle), WR Chris Hogan (hip), DE Manny Lawson (ankle), QB Kyle Orton (toe), RB Frank Summers (neck), G Kraig Urbik (shoulder), WR Sammy Watkins (groin)
Bills RB Fred Jackson is questionable. He's indicated he's going to play, but with the game now Monday night he becomes a bit more risky. It's not a great matchup against the Jets rush defense, but either way owners will need to be prepared just in case Jackson doesn't go. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown would at least be serviceable backups if needed. Also for the Bills, Watkins and Orton are probable.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm
Jets RB Chris Ivory (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday. Ivory should continue to serve as the primary back for the Jets. He has averaged 11.7 carries since Percy Harvin joined the team. He averaged 12.6 carries per game prior to Harvin’s arrival.
Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm
Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 10. Johnson saw an expanded role in Week 9. It remains to be seen if that continues. Chris Ivory has been the more effective runner this season.
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm
Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Johnson saw an expanded role in Week 9. It remains to be seen if that continues. Chris Ivory has been the more effective runner this season.
Bengals beat writer Paul Dehner on the Giovani Bernard/Jeremy Hill split once Bernard returns from injury: Running backs coach Kyle Caskey said on Beyond The Stripes the other night when I asked him about this that they already knew what Hill could do and this was the type of back he could be. I'd have to believe as hard as this team has tried to jumpstart this running game this season if he drops another 100-plus on the Browns tonight he will have earned an increase in his reps, particularly on first and second down. I'd imagine something much closer to a 50-50 split should be in order
Bernard saw 67% of the touches (carries + catches) when he was healthy, so a 50/50 split represent a drop in touches from 18.7 to 13.9 per game, though it's more likely he'll retain all (or most) of his receptions and simply split carries with Hill. If that's the case, he should see around 14.4 touches per game. It's still a significant drop for Bernard. He's averaging around 0.71 FP/touch, so he'd produce an estimated 10.2 PPG with a 14.4-touch workload. That's about what Chris Ivory and Eddie Lacy have averaged this season in standard formats. In short, Bernard would be an RB2 (instead of an RB1) if he splits carries with Hill. In PPR formats, he would score an estimated 13.3 PPG, which is a bit more than what Eddie Lacy has scored this season, so he'd be more of a low-end RB1 in PPR.
As for Hill, a 50/50 split in carries represents an increase to 13.3 touches per game (from 9.0). He has scored around 0.90 FP per touch in standard formats, so that would result in an estimated 12.0 FP on a 13.3-touch workload, which is more than Bernard's estimate. If we only prorate his pre-Week 9 production (i.e. not counting his huge game against the Jaguars), he would score about 10.7 PPG in standard formats, which is still a bit more more than Bernard. He would average about 12.5 in PPR formats, which is about what Shane Vereen has produced this season. Hill would be a high-end RB2 in a 50/50 split, though the Bengals may still favor Bernard in the running game, so consider this the best case scenario for HIll.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm
“Of course I’m frustrated,” Jets RB Chris Johnson told The Post on Wednesday. “On top of having a limited role, not playing as much as I want to play and then on top of that we’re 1-7. It’s frustrating.”
Jets coach Rex Ryan said he believes Johnson’s limited role last week was because of the lopsided score, but the game did not get out of hand until the fourth quarter. Ryan was asked if the Jets are phasing Johnson out.
“No, I don’t believe so,” Ryan said. “I think he will get plenty of shots at it this week.”
Chris Ivory is out-touching Johnson at a 2-to-1 clip over the past four weeks. After seeing an average of 12.3 touches in his first four games with the Jets, Johnson has received just 8.0 in his last four. Ivory is outperforming Johnson, which is the reason for the shift in workload. Johnson is cuttable at this point, but still has some upside as a talented back who would see a large workload if the injury-prone Ivory were to get injured.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 6. Johnson had a forgettable outing against the Chargers (22 total yards on eight touches) just like the rest of his teammates. After 41 touches in the first three games, Johnson has just 16 in his last two. Chris Ivory has taken over the lead back role.
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