Does Jets RB Chris Johnson still have "it"?
“Oh yeah, he still has it,’’ linebacker David Harris said. “We noticed it the first day when we were in Cortland. He’s still the fastest guy on the field. He’s still got a lot of juice in those legs.’’
Harris said he has not forgotten the 94-yard touchdown run Johnson had against the Jets in December 2012.
“It killed us,’’ he recalled.
Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was not yet a Jet in 2012, so he didn’t get the chance to see that run up close, but he knows what he’s seen out of Johnson this summer.
“Oh, he’s got his burst,’’ Richardson said. “If he gets behind the defense he’s not getting caught from behind by anybody in the league. He’s 28. It’s not like the man’s 38 and still playing running back. I have yet to see the miles on him.’’
Johnson figures to be the Jets’ RB1, though Chris Ivory will serve in a change-of-pace capacity. As long as he sees the bulk of the touches in the Jets’ run-heavy offense, Johnson should post fantasy RB2 numbers. He has finished in the top 12 in each of his six seasons, so a top 24 finish (RB2-type numbers) is not a stretch, even with a new team.