Chris Johnson Fantasy News
Friday, June 17, 2011, 3:25pm
He’s carried the ball 674 times over the past two seasons, more than any other back in the NFL during that time. So it’s natural to wonder whether running back Chris Johnson may have become worn out at times last season, especially with the increased attention defenses were placing on him following the 2,000-yard season of 2009. New Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer acknowledges he’ll keep an eye on the situation. But he also noted that Johnson kept his weight steady last season and that he was second in the league with 41 broken tackles – which could be interepreted as two signs that overuse was not a big problem.
Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson said there is no doubt in his mind that rookie QB Jake Locker will be the starter from Day 1, citing his draft status as evidence. That wasn't the case with Young, who was taken third overall in 2006 and weaned into action as a rookie. Of course, everything depends on how quickly Locker learns. When it came other successful rookie quarterbacks, we spent all offseason hearing that they wouldn't get a shot to start until they were ready. At the same time, everyone close to the action -- especially coaches and players -- knew the rookies were going to open the season under center. Titans players said Locker has some command of the offense. He set players in the correct spots at the line of scrimmage and expressed a command of the huddle that caught players' attention. Cornerback Cortland Finnegan already coined him the "Face of The Franchise."
While it's a good quote from Chris Johnson, the Titans have said they have every intention of bringing in a veteran QB to start in 2011.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 5:11pm
Plenty of folks scoffed at Titans running back Chris Johnson’s goal of 2,500 rushing yards in 2010. When he finished well short of it – Johnson had 1,364 yards – he had to hear about it. On Wednesday, Johnson said he has the same goal for 2011, and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. “I have the same goal: 2,500,’’ Johnson said via cell phone from Hawaii, site of Sunday's Pro Bowl . “I want to win more, but I still have the same goals. I want to go for 2,500. … It is very realistic. I had a good season last year. I know a lot of people said I didn’t have a good year, but I did. When you put the stats up there, I had a good year. Some people say I had a bad year, but I set my standards so high people expect that.’’
Sunday, December 19, 2010, 10:39am
The Texans are 3-1 in their last four against the Titans. RB Arian Foster rushed for 143 yards in a 20-0 win over Tennessee at home on Nov. 28. Foster is currently leading the NFL in rushing, and if he finishes with the title he’ll join Priest Holmes as the only undrafted player since the advent of the common draft in 1967 to accomplish that feat. Houston’s Matt Schaub has thrown for eight TDs and no interceptions in his last three games against Tennessee. Conversely, the Titans have been struggling on offense. 2009 rushing champ Chris Johnson trails Foster by 193 rushing yards.
Chris Johnson wants the Titans to run the ball more. "We are just not running it," the running back said Tuesday. "It is easy for a defensive coordinator to stop the run when you are running the ball seven times. We need to stay on the field and execute plays.'' "Everybody is doing what they have to do. It is that everybody is not doing what they have to do on every single play,'' Johnson said. "It is always a different position messing up on each play. So we just have to execute as a whole. "It is tough to deal with. But the frustration that comes is not the team stopping the run game, it is ourselves stopping us.'' The past two weeks Johnson had 58 yards on 20 carries against the Texans and Jaguars.
WR Kenny Britt not on injury report for Titans.
We can only expect this means Britt will be a full-go at practice this week. Tennessee hosts Indy in a Thursday night game, and it could be a big reason why Britt didn't play last week. The hope is Britt opens things up for RB Chris Johnson and gives the Titans a passing game again. When we last left Britt, he was injured on an overthrown deep ball after going off the week before against the Eagles for over 200 yards in what was considered his breakout game.
Chris Johnson has a long way to go to reach his preseason goal of 2,500 rushing yards. The Titans running back gained only 53 yards on 13 carries against the Jaguars, and 21 of those yards came on one play. He has 1,026 yards for the season. Johnson had 111 yards against the Jaguars on Oct. 18 when the Titans won 30-3 at Jacksonville. "We were upset about the way we played the last game against these guys on Monday Night Football,'' Jaguars linebacker Kirk Morrison said. "We kind of held Chris Johnson all the way to the end of the game and he busts one for a long run in the fourth quarter. We didn't want him to get 100 yards (Sunday). That was our whole entire goal.'' While Johnson couldn't shake loose from the Jaguars this time around, he did manage to avoid the media after the game, skipping out on a scheduled interview session.
This isn't an earth-shattering way to defend the Titans. With just about no threat of a passing game, despite signing Randy Moss and the return of Kerry Collins, Johnson is the obvious focal point. Perhaps things get better with a possible return of Kenny Britt. Johnson owners have a lot of questions as they head into the fantasy playoffs, but hopefully Britt opens things up a bit.
Raiders Inactives Michael Bennett RB Bruce Campbell G Bruce Davis LB Chris Johnson CB Daniel Loper G Walter McFadden DB Nick Miller WR J.T. O'Sullivan QB
Zach Miller is active but shouldn't be counted on for fantasy production. WR Chaz Schilens is active for the first time this season.
Friday, December 3, 2010, 7:15pm
Titans QB Kerry Collins (calf probable) took full practice reps Friday and is probable for Sunday. Collins says he's feeling good, and HC Jeff Fisher said collins has a good chance to play Sunday. We'd bet on it, considering how bad Rusty Smith looked last week. Expect a better day from Chris Johnson with Collins under center.
Quarterback Kerry Collins practiced for the second straight day Thursday and barring a setback will start Sunday against the Jaguars. Collins suffered a calf injury on Nov. 14 at Miami and has missed the past two games. "He was a little better,'' Coach Jeff Fisher said. "He took all the reps, and he's moving around a little better, so we're very encouraged.''
The presence of Collins should especially help RB Chris Johnson, who was held to just five yards last week against the Texans.
Thursday, December 2, 2010, 7:21pm
Titans QB Kerry Collins (calf) took full practice reps Thursday. Collins says he's feeling good, and HC Jeff Fisher said collins has a good chance to play Sunday. We'd bet on it, considering how bad Rusty Smith looked last week. Expect a better day from Chris Johnson with Collins under center.
It's looking more likely that veteran quarterback Kerry Collins will return to the starting lineup on Sunday when the Titans host the Jacksonville Jaguars. Collins hasn't played since straining a calf muscle on Nov. 14, but practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday — his first practice since the injury. "I've come a long way since (the injury) happened," Collins said. "I'm feeling better. I'm feeling as good now as I have since it happened. I'm just trying to get my strength back and get better with every day that passes." Titans Coach Jeff Fisher said Collins has improved since Sunday, when he was the back-up behind rookie Rusty Smith. Fisher added that his return gave the Titans some extra energy. "It's already been a significant boost for them, knowing that he has a good chance to play," Fisher said. "Obviously we can do a little bit more, game-plan wise. Guys are excited."
The Titans needs Collins to have any chance to win. With Rusty Smith under center and now threat of a passing game, Chris Johnson was held to seven carries and five yards and the Titans had 0 points.
Thursday, December 2, 2010, 4:14pm
Raider cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle) and Chris Johnson (groin), and safety Tyvon Branch (shoulder) did not practice. Asomugha underwent a second MRI exam and the test proved negative.
Sunday, November 28, 2010, 2:58pm
Raiders Inactives Michael Bennett RB Kyle Boller QB Chris Johnson CB Daniel Loper G Nick Miller WR Jarvis Moss LB Chaz Schilens WR Jeremy Ware DB
Sunday, November 28, 2010, 10:05am
With Kerry Collins hurting and Vince Young on IR, the Texans will face rookie QB Rusty Smith and that is great news for their awful pass defense, one that is allowing 301 yards passing per game. The Texans will be allowed to focus on stopping RB Chris Johnson, who averaged 174 rushing yards on 7.7 yards per carry in two meetings last season. If Johnson gets going, it might help Smith connect with receivers Nate Washington and Randy Moss.