Chris Johnson: "I wasn't in shape" last year

The National Football Authority - [Full Article]

Last season, Tennessee Titans fans did not see the same running back in Chris Johnson they saw in seasons before. Now everyone seems to think his secret to success in 2012 will come from getting bigger.

However, perhaps it is not just Johnson's weight or even his spending more time with the team during offseason training activities and workouts that will ensure a return to form. Johnson's performance will likely benefit from the added gym time, but his mental preparation and readiness for the season will also factor into what he does on the field once the season begins.

"I was confident last year, it's just that it didn't work out right," Johnson recently told reporters. "I wasn't in shape, the blocking wasn't the same and it was just a lot of different things that factors into it or whatever. But this year I feel more confident physically and being able to work with my offensive line."

Fantasy Impact: 

This is the concern when drafting players that are holding out and are missing training camp. They may be staying in good physical condition, but they aren't necessarily in "football shape." This is something to consider when drafting players like Maurice Jones-Drew, Matt Forte, Mike Wallace and Dwayne Bowe.

Filed Under: 2012, Preseason

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