Chris Johnson Fantasy News
Saturday, November 6, 2010, 9:39pm
Had Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt not gone down with a hamstring injury in San Diego last Sunday, Tennessee would not have put a claim in on Randy Moss. With Britt down, the Titans felt compelled to pursue Moss, and it was more to prop up their running game than anything else.
It showed Sunday in San Diego. After Britt left the game, Johnson was held to 54 yards on 13 carries. And if you eliminate his 29-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, the star's stats fall to 25 yards on 12 carries.
The Titans expected, in the wake of Johnson's superlative 2009, defenses to target the 2,000-yard rusher. They didn't expect it to go as far as it has, and so they needed to properly replace the presence Britt brought - forcing defenses to pay the price for playing up.
Moss can do that, and the Titans couldn't afford to go the 6-to-8 weeks Britt is expected to miss trying to find a way to wriggle Johnson loose.
The expectation in Tennessee is that, by the time the Titans next hit the field next weekend in Miami, Moss will have grasped more than just the basic stuff, and he'll be able to do more than just run go routes the way he did in his Viking debut.
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Colts to increase RB Donald Brown's snaps
Thursday, November 4, 2010, 3:50pm
The only guy out of the top three RBs who is ready to go is Donald Brown. He practiced full Wednesday and we anticipate he will again today. Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Brown did well in practice last week and was continuing his progress. The coach suggested Brown’s play count — he was limited Monday — would likely increase this week.
Titans welcome Randy Moss
Thursday, November 4, 2010, 3:43pm
As they closed out their bye week work on Thursday and await Moss' Monday arrival, players and coaches alike sounded excited to add Moss - whom they claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday.
Thursday's practice was closed to the media, and reaction to Moss' acquisition was distributed via the Titans' media relations staff.
“I was really excited about the signing,” fullback Ahmard Hall said. “Randy Moss is a legend in this game, and the Titans aren’t really known for making too many big splashes. I think it’s going to bring a lot of energy to this town, a lot of energy to this team.”
Running back Chris Johnson, who has faced plenty of eight-man fronts this season, figures to benefit as much as anyone from Moss' arrival. He, too, recalled watching Moss on TV as a youngster and appears honored to have the chance to be a teammate of the 33-year-old receiver.
“My wish just came true. I’m very excited. That’s a guy we grew up watching,” Johnson said. “We named jump balls after him. When somebody goes up and gets one, it’s named after him. We call it ‘getting a Moss.’ So I’m very excited about the situation, to play with a guy like that, and I’m very excited that he’ll back some of those guys out of the box. I know for a fact they can’t put all those guys in the box with that guy out there.”
As we talked about here at 4for4 yesterday, Chris Johnson stands to gain the most from this pickup and the Titans probably realize that. Johnson has struggled this year as teams have really focused on shutting him down. Moss replaces the emerging Britt for now, but will definitely force teams to pay attention to the passing game.
Titans Claim WR Randy Moss
Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 4:17pm
Tennessee for Randy Moss. Done.
The Titans aren't a great landing spot for Randy Moss fantasy wise, but his production shouldn't be any worse than it was recently with Minnesota. Vince Young will see a slight uptick in fantasy stock to balance out the loss of Kenny Britt. Nate Washington should see single coverage, but may also see less targets. The biggest winner is Chris Johnson, who will no longer be facing 8 and 9 man fronts every play.
The Titans are currently on BYE, so assuming Moss is willing to report, they will have an off week to work him into the offense.
Campbell Starting, Miller active for Raiders
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49ers say they will lighten Gore's workload - again
Thursday, October 21, 2010, 6:27pm
Offensive coordinator Mike Johnson said it again Thursday, vowing that “there will be a plan going forward to make sure we use other people (so) that he’s not taking as many of those snaps.”
Um … sure.
Coach Mike Singletary said the same thing as far back as draft weekend, after the team selected running back Anthony Dixon. “You have a hard time trying to explain to Frank how some other guy needs to play. He just doesn’t get it,’’ Singletary said in April. “I think as time goes on he’ll be a little more willing to do that.”
Um … right.
Six games into this season, Gore has 116 carries. Dixon has three carries and Brian Westbrook has two.
We've been hearing a lot of that lately - like with Caddy Williams and Chris Johnson. Johnson gave up 10 carries last week to Javon Ringer, the first significant decrease we've seen in a while. So while no one seems to believe this with Gore, this is the time of year when coaches get really concerned with their big guns wearing down.
QB Vince Young May Start
Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 9:48am
Sunday, October 17, 2010, 10:28am
The Cowboys went 19 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher, but surrendered 106 yards to Houston’s Arian Foster, then 131 yards to Chris Johnson last week. Today, they face Adrian Peterson. “He’s one of the hardest runners in the NFL,” linebacker DeMarcus Ware said. “It doesn’t get any easier, plus he can catch the ball out of the backfield.”