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."
Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 10:54am
Titans RB Chris Johnson now has a couple of practices under his belt as well, and he’s confident that offensive changes under new Titans coordinator Chris Palmer aren’t going to slow him down going into the season opener Sunday at Jacksonville.
“I took the playbook home Friday, and I pretty much know the whole thing,’’ Johnson said. “The offense really is not too different. There are a couple of different wrinkles in it, but I pretty much know the whole thing.”
Monday, September 5, 2011, 3:55pm
Good news for Johnson owners. Factor in the week one game for the Titans is against Jacksonville, which poses a nice matchup. It looks like you can safely count on Johnson as the RB1 that he is.
Friday, September 2, 2011, 8:15pm
New coach Mike Munchak said Johnson likely will be spending some extra time with running backs coach Jim Skipper over the next few days. Johnson also has lots of new people to introduce himself to with offensive coordinator Chris Palmer and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. But Munchak isn't worried about the three-time Pro Bowler getting up to speed by the opener Sept. 11 at Jacksonville.
"He is here 10 days before we have to play a game so he has quite a bit of time to get ready to play," Munchak said.
Johnson owners can breathe a sigh of relief. He was looking for $13 million a season and got a bit more than that. Hopefully, the Titans will ease him into action and not overwork a player who hasn't practiced. The last thing they need is a pulled hamstring. 4for4 will move Johnson up into the RB4/RB5 area. There are still concerns about the Titans' offense, but at least the holdout is no longer a worry.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 7:07pm
More good news surrounding the Chris Johnson contract negotiations:
Jim Wyatt on Twitter: "Now for Johnson's contract news, and it's better. Sources say there has been positive movement for the 1st time between the Titans and Johnson"
Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 1:10pm
It's time to start inching Johnson back up those draft boards. There have been positive feelings this week and the Titans are reportedly ready to "open up the bank valut" to lock up their star RB.
Update on the Chris Johnson situation. Johnson wants $12m/yr, $30m guar. Tennessee thinks $8m/yr, $20m.
Both parties are expected to talk again today.
Monday, August 29, 2011, 2:54pm
He can come off the list at any time, hopefully for owners, that's sooner rather than later.
Sunday, August 28, 2011, 6:21pm
The whole preseason has been a classic case of bad timing for Ringer, who would have been in line for a big role due to Chris Johnson's contract situation. In his absence, rookie Jamie Harper has been solid. The Tennessee backfield will likely remain in flux all the way up to opening day.
Friday, August 26, 2011, 10:49am
With Chris Johnson contract talks still at a stalemate, HC Mike Munchak acknowledged at some point the Titans will have to consider adding another running back to the mix. But he said the Titans would not trade Johnson, even if Johnson asks for a trade at some point.
“I would think we wouldn’t do anything. We would think he is under contact for two more years; he is going to be a Titan, hopefully longer than that,” Munchak said after practice on Thursday. “I don’t think that is anything we’d give any consideration to. He is with us, one way or the other, and hopefully it is on the field.”
“I feel like I came in yesterday and they gave me their points and we gave them all of our points,’’ Johnson said on Thursday, “and we are not seeing eye-to-eye right now.”
“Basically my plan is to continue to handle my part and let Joel handle his part,’’ Johnson said. “All I can do is continue to work out and stay in shape. From them seeing me yesterday, (Reinfeldt) knows I am in great shape, and he said ‘you’re looking good’ and things like that. All I can do right now is keep working out and keep waiting.’’
Johnson, who has two years remaining on his current contract, wants to be paid in the range of the NFL’s elite playmakers. He is seeking a deal that includes roughly $13.5 million per year and more than $35 million guaranteed.
The Titans have said they are willing to make Johnson the highest-paid running back in the NFL. That would put his average salary in the $10 million range.
For the time being, we have moved Johnson down to RB7 in standard scoring formats and RB8 in PPR. The situation could get uglier or resolve itself within the next two weeks; that's a lot of risk to take on with a first round draft pick.