Friday, September 30, 2011, 10:42am
Chris Johnson's statistical woes are mostly a matter of his running behind one of the worst sets of run-blockers in the NFL.
The Titans' run-blockers have given their ball carriers a favorable blocking situation on 29 percent of their rushing attempts this season (a favorable blocking situation being loosely defined as when the blockers don't allow the defenders to do anything to disrupt the rush attempt).
To get an idea of how bad that total is, consider that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ranked dead last in the league in that metric in 2010 and they managed to post a 33.6 percent rate in this category.
This is no surprise to anyone that has watched Johnson carry the ball this season. It's rare that he has any space to move and often takes his first hit at the line of scrimmage or in the backfield.
Friday, September 23, 2011, 8:21pm
Titans RB Chris Johnson (ribs Probable) took full practice reps on Thursday and Friday after sitting out on Wednesday and is Probable for week 3. He should be in for a big game against a bad Denver rush defense.
Thursday, September 22, 2011, 7:20pm
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 7:00pm
Titans RB Chris Johnson (ribs) did not practice Wednesday. No one seems too concerned about the soreness in Johnson's ribs so we're expecting him to play in Week 3. Javon Ringer is the best handcuff at this point.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 1:08pm
It's clear that some of Chris Johnson's struggles so far this season are related to the fact he missed all of training camp and the preseason in a contract dispute. But is there any sense we're seeing a larger pattern here? Dating back to last season, Johnson has now been held under 60 yards for four straight games and in six of his last eight contests. He's only scored two rushing TDs during that eight-week stretch.
Thursday, September 15, 2011, 6:55pm
Thursday, September 15, 2011, 11:10am
Chris Johnson had only nine carries for 24 yards in the season opener as he works his way back into shape from his holdout that ended Sept. 2. Titans coach Mike Munchak is ready to give the ball to Johnson, saying he thinks the running back could have as many as 25 touches against Baltimore on Sunday.
Munchak said the Titans know they have to be committed to running against Baltimore after missing opportunities to make plays against Jacksonville.
"We'll have to be patient with that, but it's not something we can come out and hand it off 10 times in a row just to give him 10 carries," Munchak said. "We have to be smart in how we do things. Those runs will come in this kind of game."
Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 7:10pm
Monday, September 12, 2011, 6:33pm
Saturday, September 10, 2011, 11:34pm
It’s been less than 10 days since Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson ended his holdout and signed a new contract. As a result, there is uncertainty that Johnson won’t play as much as he otherwise would have played when the Titans play in Jacksonville on Sunday.
As expected, Johnson will indeed start the game. His ultimate workload will be determined on the fly, based on how he feels and how his body responds to playing in a game less than two weeks after rejoining the team.
Johnson's upside and scoring potential overrides any extra in-game breaks he might get.
Saturday, September 10, 2011, 8:56pm
NFL Injury Report:
S David Bruton (shoulder), DT Brodrick Bunkley (knee), S Quinton Carter (hamstring), G Chris Kuper (toe), WR Matt Willis (toe)
Thursday, September 8, 2011, 6:28pm
Thursday, September 8, 2011, 12:48pm
“When I go out there and start playing I’ll know how much I can go and I’ll know when I have to back down and things like that,” Titans RB Chris Johnson said Wednesday. “I am used to the heat since I’d been working out in Florida, but not in a pad and helmets. We’ll see when I get out there.”
Looking on the bright side of missing the entire preseason, he said: “Hopefully I’ll have my legs under me longer. Hopefully I’ll last longer this season.”
Offensive coordinator Chris Palmer said he would be smart about how much he uses Johnson against the Jaguars: “He is a guy who is a true professional. He knows the offense and is up to speed. … Conditioning-wise, you have to be concerned about that. You have to bring him along and not overload him and make sure you don’t do something to damage him.”
Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 8:14pm
Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 1:09pm
The Titans were forced to make the deal after Hall, their fullback for the past five seasons, was suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
What it means for Chris Johnson is he's running behind a different fullback for the first time in his NFL career.
Hall had played in all 48 games since Johnson was drafted in 2008 — Johnson played in 47 of those — and helped lead the way for his NFL-best 4,598 rushing yards over that time.
Getting up to speed with his namesake — at a time when he's trying to get back in the swing of things himself after a 35-day contract holdout — could be a challenge for Chris Johnson.
"I don't know anything about his style to be honest,'' Chris Johnson said. "But as long as he knows his job and what he has to do, it should be all right."