Chris Johnson Fantasy News

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 1:08pm

DNJ.com - [Full Article]

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.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011, 11:10am

ESPN - [Full Article]

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."

Fantasy Impact:

We're not terribly optimistic about Chris Johnson this week given his W1 workload and his matchup against a tough Ravens defense which shut down a much better Steelers offense last week.

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Monday, September 12, 2011, 6:33pm

Terry McCormick on Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans coach Mike Munchak: Chris Johnson should be back to where he needs to be carry wise this week.

Saturday, September 10, 2011, 11:34pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson's upside and scoring potential overrides any extra in-game breaks he might get.

Saturday, September 10, 2011, 8:56pm

NFL Injury Report:

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos on Monday night

OAKLAND RAIDERS:

OUT

TE Kevin Boss (knee), S Michael Mitchell (knee), WR Louis Murphy (groin)

PROBABLE

LB Darryl Blackstock (concussion), WR Derek Hagan (calf), CB Chris Johnson (groin), RB Taiwan Jones (foot), WR Chaz Schilens (knee), CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (ribs)

DENVER Broncos

OUT

WR Demaryius Thomas (achilles, finger), DE Marcus Thomas (shoulder), DT Ty Warren (triceps), LB D.J. Williams (elbow)

PROBABLE

S David Bruton (shoulder), DT Brodrick Bunkley (knee), S Quinton Carter (hamstring), G Chris Kuper (toe), WR Matt Willis (toe)

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Thursday, September 8, 2011, 12:48pm

The Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

“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.”

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 1:09pm

DNJ.com - [Full Article]

RB Chris Johnson and FB Quinn Johnson practiced together for the first time on Monday, two days after the Titans traded an undisclosed draft pick for the former Packers fullback.

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

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

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

John Glennon on Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans coach Mike Munchak: Not necessarily a limit of carries for RB Chris Johnson.

Fantasy Impact:

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

The Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Chris Johnson arrived in Nashville on Friday afternoon and headed to the Titans to sign his extension through 2016 and take a physical.

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.

Chris Johnson, Titans agree to four-year deal
Thursday, September 1, 2011, 1:15pm

Jim Wyatt, The Tennessean - [Full Article]

The holdout is over. Per Wyatt on Twitter, the Titans gave Chris Johnson a four-year deal worth $53.5 million with $30 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

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.