The New York Jets' new star running back still isn't ready to join his teammates on the field.
Chris Johnson says his surgically repaired right knee is "feeling good" and "getting better." But when asked Thursday if he will participate in any of the Jets' OTA offseason workouts, Johnson said, "probably not."
"I think they're gonna hold me out of OTAs and just let me continue to rehab until I get 100 percent," Johnson said, at the Jets' first player availability of the offseason. "Take it slow, since I have time on my side, and just be ready for [training] camp."
Johnson underwent surgery in late January to repair a torn meniscus, an injury he played through last season. He said he just began doing straight-ahead running this week, and will continue to rehab when the team's OTAs begin next week.
Beat writer Manish Mehta predicts a 35% to 40% decline in carries for Johnson as he forms a 1-2 punch with Chris Ivory. That decline would put Johnson in the 167-181 carry range, though we'd guess that he'll get at least 200 carries in the Jets' run-heavy offense. (Bilal Powell rushed the ball 176 times in 2013.) The Jets have averaged 493.5 carries over the past two seasons, so it's conceivable that Ivory and Johnson could both reach around 200 carries, provided they both stay healthy.