Posted by Chris Kucharski
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 1:07pm
The Jets brought in Chris Johnson with the hope he can return to his former self. The last three seasons have been okay, but not as good as the standard Johnson had set with Tennessee earlier in his career. New York will use Johnson as their No. 1 back and he should get a heavy workload. He was a high end RB2 last season with 1,077 yards which ranked him 11th in the league. Johnson also got into the end zone last season 9 times which tied for 8th. No doubt Johnson still has gas in the tank and the Jets want to give him the opportunity to show it.
Many critics have been down on Johnson for the perceived notion he doesn't run hard anymore. Even if that is true, there are other concerns. Anytime a running back with a pedigree goes to a new team, questions marks like carries and touches always come up. The Jets have Chris Ivory, who has been a starter in the league. He could end up taking away some of Johnson's touches.
Johnson is very intriguing because of his past, but the last three seasons have us concerned with both his desire and productivity. Although Johnson will be the starter and Jets want to run, run, run, Ivory and Bilal Powell could be a big part of New York's plan. Johnson's ADP is 61 and you can take him higher in a standard league. He has a good chance to be a RB2 again and even with other backs who are decent around him, he will help your team.