By Tom Woods, Jets Correspondent, Fri, Jul 25th 9:20am EDT
The Jets turned a few heads on Thursday, as they gave running back free agent acquisition Chris Johnson some snaps as a receiver. Wide receiver David Nelson said having Johnson running pass patterns will open things up for other receivers. With Johnson's speed, defenses will have to pay attention to him. (Source: New York Post
Fantasy Impact: This is probably something that isn't worth reading a whole lot into. The likelihood is that Johnson may be used as a WR on gadget plays, and will not feature regularly at the position. If he sees significant playing time on the field as a receiver, then he may be used primarily as a decoy so that the quarterback can get the ball to someone else. However, this may mean that the Jets feel comfortable with Johnson catching the ball, as well as running it. CJ2K featured frequently in the passing game when he was a Tennessee Titan, recording no less than 36 catches each season. This news could see Johnson's stock shoot up in PPR leagues, and it will be interesting to see how he progresses as a receiving talent throughout training camp.
By Tom Woods, Jets Correspondent, Wed, Jul 23rd 7:22pm EDT
After recovering from knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus, Chris Johnson has officially been cleared by doctors for full participation, saying that he's "good to go to do everything." He also addressed concerns about his speed. "I don't think they're legitimate," said Johnson. "I don't know too many guys that have been playing with a torn meniscus from week three, and still rushed for 1,000 yards." (Source: The Star-Ledger
Fantasy Impact: Although offseason surgery was a success, his health and durability have never been a real concern. Since coming into the NFL, CJ2K has missed only one game - and that was in his rookie year. The biggest question mark over Johnson's head is how much of the ball he'll see. Even if he's named the Week 1 starter, he may see his touches considerably reduced from the 279 rushing attempts he had last year in Tennessee, due to competition from Chris Ivory who mildly impressed in 2013.
ProFootballTalk | Jul 28th
Maybe Eagles running back LeSean McCoy’s feelings were a little hurt, that former teammate Michael Vick was willing to race him last year, but won’t run against new Jets teammate Chris Johnson. So the man called Shady threw some shade in the direction of the artist formerly known as CJ2K. “That’s Mike for you,” McCoy…
NFL.com | Jul 2nd
In today's Three and Out: The Jets say Chris Johnson will be in a timeshare ... Johnson disagrees.
EDSFootball | Jun 26th
Back in 2009, Chris Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards in only his second NFL season.
Signing a free-agent deal with the Jets this offseason, Johnson has recently said that he thinks he has another 2,000-yard season in him.
As unrealistic as that may be, it could be a long shot that he reaches 1,000 rushing yards this season based on some comments from Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn.