RB Chris Johnson - New York Jets
|5-11, 197||Born: 9-23-1985||College: East Carolina||Drafted: Round 1, pick 24|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Johnson salvaged a decent day if you had to start him with an effort touchdown against a Lions defense that acted like they heard a whistle. Johnson is worth a bench spot because of the chances of Chris Ivory going down eventually and leaving Johnson in a bigger role on a run-heavy team, but he is only bench fodder after being drafted as an RB2/Flex.
General News (Wed Oct 1): practiced fully on Wednesday.
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 2 vs GB (12 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Simply put, Chris Johnson's effort was terrible. Unlike last week when he ran with purpose, Johnson looked completely uninterested. Johnson's feet were slow and he was routinely taken down by the first tackler. After watching Marshawn Lynch gash Green Bay's defense in Week 1, Johnson's performance looks even worse. Third running back, Bilal Powell ran with more purpose and played more frequently during the second half.
2014 Week 3 vs CHI (10 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
For the second straight week, Chris Johnson turned in a lack luster effort. Johnson was targeted on Smith's first interception, but a poorly thrown pass and a lackluster effort from Johnson resulted in a defensive touchdown for Chicago. After this miscue, Ivory was featured during the next few series. When he did play, Johnson was routinely corralled after minimal gains and failed to generate any yards after contact. New York did not do enough to give Johnson's opportunities in space, but his overall effort was once again poor, and therefore, did not lead to additional opportunities.
2014 Week 4 vs DET (6 / 44 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Chris Johnson came off the bench and only garnered eight total touches, which is a season low. After weeks of lackluster performances, New York opted to give Ivory a start and he did not disappoint. Ivory out-rushed Johnson 79-4 during the first half. In the fourth quarter, Johnson had arguably his best run of the season. On a 2nd-and-5 play from Detroit's 35-yard line, Johnson ran off left tackle and appeared to be corralled for a short gain. Johnson, however, kept driving his legs, and accelerated untouched into the open field for an easy touchdown. This scoring play reduced the deficit to 24-17, but the play occurred too late in the fourth quarter.
Latest NewsJets | Chris Johnson a full go (Wed Oct 1, 05:23 PM) - New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday, Oct. 1. link to story Jets | Chris Ivory takes the lead (Mon Sep 29, 08:50 AM) - New York Jets RB Chris Ivory played 37 snaps (58% of the offense) in Week 4. RBs Chris Johnson and Bilal Powell only played on 18 and 11 snaps, respectively. Our View: Johnson was able to get a long touchdown (35 yards) in the fourth quarter against the Lions. The defense basically thought he was wrapped up, and Johnson was able to burst quickly to the end zone. Outside of that carry, Ivory was the better back on the day. This is still a RBBC, but it appears Ivory is the frontrunner.
link to story Jets | Chris Johnson wants more carries (Thu Sep 25, 08:25 PM) - New York Jets RB Chris Johnson said he will be a more efficient rusher if he receives more carries per game, but he said he isn't going to complain to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. 'It's still early,' Johnson said. 'I know what Marty wants to do, and I know what this offense wants to do. We want to run the ball. I don't think it's time right now to go in there and talk to Marty and try to tell him what he needs to do.' Our View: We'll see if the squeaky wheel gets the grease here. Johnson has been outplayed by Chris Ivory. We'd like to see a larger role for Ivory going forward. There's no guarantee that's going to happen.
link to story Jets | Chris Johnson gets full reps (Thu Sep 25, 04:41 PM) - New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 25. Our View: Johnson hasn't been very effective so far, and Chris Ivory has looked really good. If Ivory continues to stay healthy - no sure thing - he could get the majority of the carries going forward. We have both Ivory and Johnson as a low-end RB2s with risk.
link to story Jets | Chris Johnson fully practices (Wed Sep 24, 04:51 PM) - New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 24. Our View: It's going to be a tough matchup for the Jets this week against a tough Lions defense. We like him as a low-end RB2 with little upside in Week 4.
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