Chris Johnson Fantasy News
More touches could be in store for Titan RB Ringer
Monday, September 27, 2010, 5:59pm
Chris Johnson has carried 75 times in three games this season, but Coach Jeff Fisher says there are no plans on limiting him in practice.
Instead, Fisher said Monday he may use Javon Ringer more extensively in games. Ringer provided a spark with a 17-yard run on Sunday, and he’s totaled 64 yards on 13 carries – a 4.9-yard average. Johnson has gained 301 yards on his 75 carries, an average of 4.0 per run.
"I’m giving some thought to getting Javon some more carries early in the ballgame because he’s been very effective for us," Fisher said. "We’re switching backs to give (the backs) a break and Javon is making big plays for us."
While Johnson owners love seeing him get all the touches at RB, it's probably for the best Ringer chips in now and then so Johnson is around later this season. Johnson will still be considered the top one or two RB week-to-week in the fantasy world.
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Michael Bush active for Raiders
Sunday, September 26, 2010, 3:18pm
Sunday, September 26, 2010, 10:06am
The Giants figure to imitate Pittsburgh’s eight-man fronts against Titans RB Chris Johnson and dare Vince Young to complete some passes against single coverage. Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher will have a quick hook with Young if he struggles, as he did last week. New York’s offensive line simply isn’t what it used to be a couple years ago and it figures to be worse if center Shaun O’Hara (Achilles) must be replaced. It’s been 13 games since the Giants have had a 100-yard rusher and who knows where Brandon Jacobs’ head is at?
Andy Reid Press Conference: Michael Vick the starting QB for Eagles
Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 6:59pm
Andy Reid Press Conference 8/21:
"This has nothing to do with Kevin Kolb's injury. Kevin Kolb has done a phenomenal job for us. And the future of Kevin Kolb is not slighted by this one bit. He has an opportunity to be a... franchise quarterback and very deserving of so."
"Again this is more about Michael Vick and his excelerated play. He sat in there as possibly the hottest QB in NFL at this time and deserves the opportunity to play."
"This allows Kevin Kolb to continue his maturation process and become our franchise QB of the future."
"I have had the full support of the front office... The first person I met with on this decision was Kevin Kolb... I met with him the last two days and we shared thoughts. He's a young QB that I think the sky's the limit, he's just in a situation where a star QB has regained his ability. Michael Vick is playing out of his mind right now. I'm a lucky coach to have [both of these quarterbacks]. It's unbelievable."
The main takeaways from Andy Reid were that this decision was made because Michael Vick is playing at an extremely high level right now, and that Kevin Kolb is the QB of the future for the Eagles. Reid likes both QBs, but Vick is the man for now.
Reid didn't say so, but if Vick struggles the Eagles can always go back to Kolb.
Vick has a great matchup this week against Jacksonville, and looks like a top 10 QB moving forward with a lot of upside. Vick gets it done with his legs as well as through the air, the fantasy points should be there, even in down weeks.
We also like DeSean Jackson & LeSean McCoy with this news. Jackson looked great last week with Vick under center, and McCoy could benefit much the way Chris Johnson benefited from Vince Young taking over for Kerry Collins last year (see last week's game for evidence on McCoy). Unfortunately for Brent Celek owners, Vick could mean less balls his way.
Sunday, September 19, 2010, 8:38am
Charles has 172 carries for 1,060 yards in the Chiefs’ last nine games. That 6.16 yards per carry is the NFL’s best. Only Tennessee’s Chris Johnson has more yards. Charles has seven plays of at least 40 yards in those nine games, more than all his teammates combined.
The Chiefs need big plays to score. Charles makes big plays. This really shouldn’t be complicated.And right now, there is no doubt that Charles gives the Chiefs the best chance of winning, especially as long as Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is still “fixing” the quarterback.
Charles is the offense’s Ferrari, and the Chiefs are using him like a Buick. Their chance at turning a surprise start into something more significant is directly tied to how much they rely on Charles.
Haley and Weis can point to the conditions and score in justifying Charles only getting 11 carries last week. There’s no such excuse this week, especially against a Browns defense that gave up 119 yards rushing last week — and 154 to Charles last season.
If Charles continues to outperform Jones while getting the same opportunities, the fans’ aggravation and conspiracy theories will justifiably grow.
Sunday, September 19, 2010, 8:34am
Titans RB Chris Johnson had 69 yards (2008) and 57 yards (2009) in his two games against Pittsburgh. The Steelers have had the AFC's best rush defense during that span, with only Ray Rice of Baltimore gaining more than 100 yards against them in their last 35 regular season games. Rice ran for 141 yards during a 23-20 Ravens loss on Dec. 27.
Johnson has had 12 consecutive 100-yard games dating to last season, and the Steelers aren't eager to be the victims of No. 13.
"He's definitely putting himself up there to be talked about as the best in the game, if he keeps this up,'' Steelers linebacker James Farrior said.
The Steelers rarely allow any back to gain that kind of yardage. They have yielded only four 100-yard games over the last five seasons-plus, to the Colts' Edgerrin James (124 yards in 2005), the Jaguars' Fred Taylor (147 in 2007), the Jets' Thomas Jones (117 in 2007) and Rice.
"We're going to be extra motivated this week,'' Farrior said.
Saturday, September 18, 2010, 8:15am
The New York Jets aren't the only 3-4 team that will be missing a nose tackle in week two.
The Steelers won't have Casey Hampton, who will be sitting on the bench for Sunday's game at Nashville.
The good news for Pittsburgh is that Hampton won't miss the rest of the year. Still, the Steelers could use the big fella as they prepare to face Chris Johnson and the Titans. Chris Hoke, a nine-year veteran who has appeared in 16 games for each of the past four seasons, 15 in 2005, and 14 in 2004, will replace Hampton.
It's not like anyone was going to bench Chris Johnson, but this is good news for him. It's also good news for a Tennessee defense that played very well last week against Oakland.
Chris Johnson eyes Sanders' mark
Monday, September 13, 2010, 10:49am
Chris Johnson now has 12 straight 100-yard games dating back to last season. He needs two more to tie Hall of Famer Barry Sanders’ all-time mark of 14.
“I feel like if I do my job and do my situation that in any game I can get over a 100,” Johnson said. “I’m really not going into any game right now thinking about any records, making sure I get over a 100 and this and that. My main focus is winning.’’
War of Words: Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson
Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 4:45pm
Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson both see themselves as the league's best at their position. The Titans' Johnson made that clear in July when he told The Sporting News that there's "no way possible there should be a debate about who's the best running back in the NFL."
Peterson would be more than happy to debate Johnson on the subject. He proved this on Wednesday morning while appearing on Dan Patrick's syndicated radio show.
Peterson told Patrick that he thinks Johnson is "just awesome," but when asked if he was the better running back Peterson responded, "Yes. Yeah. Yeah," adding, "I play the game to be the best player and that doesn't change my mindset at all."
Peterson went on to tell Patrick that he doesn't think Johnson does anything better than he does and isn't faster.
Friday, September 3, 2010, 9:29am
Chris Johnson wore a visor and T-shirt and stayed busy as Tennessee's top cheerleader.
The competition for the #2 RB position in Tennessee continues, look for updates this weekend on who the Titans will retain.
Sunday, August 29, 2010, 11:25am
Carolina’s overhauled defense hardly looked like it missed Julius Peppers during their 15-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans Saturday night in Charlotte, sacking Titans quarterback Vince Young four times, keeping star runner Chris Johnson in check and holding Tennessee to 50 yards in the first half.
The Carolina offense, though, is another story.
Quarterback Matt Moore, given the starting job when Jake Delhomme was released in the offseason, had his third straight uninspiring performance. He completed 18 of 33 passes for 190 yards and no interceptions. DeAngelo Williams rushed for just 13 yards on nine carries, and there is still no clear No. 2 receiver opposite Steve Smith.
Sunday, August 29, 2010, 11:19am
The Tennessee Titans looked very shaky on offense and managed only seven points against Carolina's defense Saturday night in Charlotte.
Chris Johnson, the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2009, managed just 10 yards on eight carries with little room to roam in his most extensive work of the preseason. He has 39 yards on 19 carries in three games after rushing for 2,006 yards last season.
Quarterback Vince Young, playing the entire first half, completed just 6 of 9 passes for 48 yards under constant pressure. He was sacked four times.
Defensive end Derrick Morgan, the Titans’ first-round pick, had one tackle in his NFL debut as he returned from injury.
Big Things Expected From RB Chris Johnson
Saturday, July 31, 2010, 10:46am
Chris Johnson set his sights on a big new contract, yet ended up with a deal that hardly met his expectations.
On Saturday, the running back will be on the field with the rest of the Titans for the first time since finishing the 2009 season with an NFL-leading 2,006 rushing yards.
Count Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher among those looking forward to hearing what Johnson has planned for 2010. Training camp begins at Baptist Sports Park at 3:30 p.m.
"I believe he once again has a lot to prove," Fisher said. "I’d be interested to see where he sets his sights on this year, what goals he sets out there and attempts to achieve. I remind you last year at this time he wanted to be MVP and rush for 2,000 yards."
Then he skipped all of the team’s offseason workouts because of a contract dispute that wasn’t settled until just a few weeks ago.
Over the summer Johnson said he planned to rush for 2,500 yards, which would smash the all-time record of 2,105 set by Eric Dickerson in 1984, and probably require more than the league-leading 358 carries he had last season.
Asked what a realistic goal for Johnson might be this season, Fisher said: "Help us win more games. Our plan for Chris is to get him back to where he was, and pick up where he left off."
Jeff Fisher isn't the only one who wants to hear about CJ's plans for 2010, as the speedy back is number one in our rankings. It's a relief he's in camp, as his contract situation lingered for awhile. If you have the first overall pick in a draft and can land this explosive talent, be very happy.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 10:46am
DeSean Jackson is unlikely to get - or even want - his contract restructured despite the revised deal that Tennessee running back Chris Johnson reportedly agreed to Monday, according to a league source familiar with the way the Eagles negotiate contracts.
The Eagles wide receiver, like Johnson, expressed dissatisfaction with the contract he signed as a rookie. But Jackson's situation is much different from Johnson's, even though both 2008 draft picks have become offensive stars after two seasons.
Chris Johnson gets short term fix in new contract
Monday, July 19, 2010, 4:30pm
At least for 2010.
As expected, the arrangement will pay Johnson more money this year, with no additional years being added to the contract. Johnson currently is signed through 2012.
The new deal has not yet been signed, so we suppose it could fall through. But at this point it's unlikely.
It's pretty much a safe bet Johnson will not hold out now, allowing him to assume his number-one spot atop of most fantasy rankings.