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Jets Beat: Expect Chris Ivory and Stevan Ridley to split carries

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 12:04pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Regarding the Jets running game, expect Chris Ivory and Stevan Ridley to share the bulk of the load. One of those two might get 20 to 30 carries more than the other guy, but it won't be a huge gap, provided both backs stay healthy all season.

Fantasy Impact:

With Chris Johnson out of the way, it looked like Ivory might be one of the more attractive middle round sleepers at his position, but the team’s decision to sign Stevan Ridley has thrown his status up in the air. He’s a career 4.7 YPC runner, and has averaged 4.4 YPC in two seasons with the Jets. It would have made more sense if the Jets had paired Ivory with a speed back/receiving threat like C.J. Spiller, but the arrival of Ridley is a concern. If the two players do indeed split carries, neither will carry much reliable fantasy value.

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Chris Johnson will enter free agency after Jets decline to exercise their option

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 3:00pm

NY Jets - [Full Article]

The team will not exercise its option on running back Chris Johnson and he can become an unrestricted free agent on March 10.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Jets Beat: Team 'probably' cuts RB Chris Johnson soon

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 12:23pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jets beat writer Rich Cimini identifies two potential cap cuts:

Percy Harvin, wide receiver ($10.5 million cap charge): Former general manager John Idzik executed a desperation trade last October that made sense on the risk-reward scale, but the landscape has changed. Not only is $10.5 million too much money for a player of Harvin's ilk, but there's also draft-pick compensation to consider. The Jets owe the Seattle Seahawks a conditional sixth-round pick that improves to a fourth-rounder if they keep him on the roster until March 19. The X factor is offensive coordinator Chan Gailey; his spread offense would be a nice fit for Harvin (if that's the system they choose to run). The March 19 deadline allows the Jets to explore free agency before making a decision on Harvin, who hasn't been an impact player since 2011.

Chris Johnson, running back ($5.25 million): The Jets have until Feb. 16 to decide whether to pay a $500,000 option bonus, part of the two-year, $8 million contract Johnson signed last April. The amount of the bonus isn't prohibitive, but the cap charge is steep for a player who would be no more than a part-time back again. Johnson was a worthwhile signing a year ago, but he'll be 30 in September and isn't close to being the player he once was. The Jets can save $3.5 million by parting ways with Johnson. That probably will be the outcome.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson averaged 4.3 YPC in his first season with the Jets. He and Harvin were two high-profile acquisitions last season, but there's a new regime in town, so expect plenty of change.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 16. Johnson should be available to frustrate his owners again in Week 16.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday. Johnson should be available to frustrate his owners again in Week 16.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. Johnson should be fine to frustrate his owners again in Week 16.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 15. We like Johnson given the revenge narrative in this week’s game against his old team. Beat writer Rich Cimini wrote “Johnson will be highly motivated for this game. He's been talking about it since he signed nine months ago.” It doesn’t hurt that he has averaged 15.0 touches in his last three games, and the matchup is great — Tennessee is #28 in RB aFPA.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday. We like Johnson given the revenge narrative in this week’s game against his old team. It doesn’t hurt that he has averaged 15.0 touches in his last three games.

Jets RB Chris Johnson wants to 'tear it up' vs. Titans

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 10:44pm

NY Post - [Full Article]

Chris Johnson did his best to avoid showing how personal Sunday’s game is for him.

The Jets running back clearly does not want to feed into the story line of facing the Titans, the team that dumped him in April after six seasons. But Johnson could not hide it totally. After deflecting a few questions about his personal feelings, Johnson spoke the truth.

“Of course, I want to go in there and tear it up and show them what they missed out on and make them regret that,” Johnson said. “I’m not going into the game and try to make it me versus them.”

Fantasy Impact:

We generally believe in the revenge narrative when it comes to players facing their own teams. Johnson has averaged 15.0 touches in his last three games and given that type of workload, he should have a nice game against a suspect Tennessee defense. He is our #24 RB this week.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. We like Johnson given the revenge narrative in this week’s game against his old team. It doesn’t hurt that he has averaged 15.0 touches in his last three games.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 14. Johnson has gained at least 60 yards in three of his last four games, and the Jets seem intent on keeping him involved. He’s averaging 12.0 touches in that span and has a good matchup with the Vikings this week.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday. Johnson has gained at least 60 yards in three of his last four games, and the Jets seem intent on keeping him involved. He’s averaging 12.0 touches in that span and has a good matchup with the Vikings this week.

Dolphins Beat: Run defense the 'biggest issue' down the stretch

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 11:28am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Dolphins beat writer James Walker on the team's sudden struggles against the run:

It is by far the biggest issue plaguing the Dolphins down the stretch. What is strange is their run defense wasn't a problem until the past two weeks. Miami was ranked eighth in run defense after Week 11. But giving up 478 yards in the past two games now has the defense ranked 21st against the run. That is a huge decline. There haven't been any major injuries among the front seven. The Dolphins suddenly forgot the fundamentals of tackling and holding the point of attack. They were forced to put eight (and sometimes nine) in the box the entire second half Monday to stop the Jets. Miami was lucky Geno Smith was the quarterback, because there were plays to be made in the passing game. The Ravens should be a tough matchup for Miami because they also can run the football and have a much better passing game.

Fantasy Impact:

The Dolphins gave up 105 yards on 17 carries to Chris Johnson in Week 13, and the Jets didn't have any semblance of a passing attack in that game. Miami also yielded 167 yards on 27 carries to C.J. Anderson in Week 12, while Joique Bell averaged 4.4 YPC (44 yards on 10 carries) in Week 10. The Ravens have a good rushing attack, so Justin Forsett should be able to post another big fantasy line in Week 14.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. Johnson has gained at least 60 yards in three of his last four games, and the Jets seem intent on keeping him involved. He’s averaging 12.0 touches in that span and has a good matchup with the Vikings this week.