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RB Chris Johnson - New York Jets

5-11, 197Born: 9-23-1985College: East CarolinaDrafted: Round 1, pick 24

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He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): After slashing through the Raiders defense in Week 1, Johnson was thwarted by the Packers, and he also lost on the goal line opportunity to Chris Ivory, who converted. Johnson was also not as involved in the passing game, making his Week 2 a big disappointment after a nice Week 1. He's only a flex play heading into the Monday night game vs. the Bears.

General News (Sat Sep 20): practiced fully on Saturday and is expected to play this weekend.

General News (Fri Sep 19): partially participated in Friday's practice.

General News (Thu Sep 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

Week 3: vs Chicago Bears

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Chris Ivory has had a strong start to the 2014 season with 23/145/2 rushing and 1/3/0 receiving. Chris Johnson trails Ivory with 25/89/0 rushing and 6/23/1 receiving - Ivory has a 6.3 yards per carry average as of Week 2, while Johnson averages 3.6 yards per tote. It is obvious which back is the superior fantasy option entering Week 3. The Bears' rush D was worst in the league last year, averaging 161.4 yards allowed per game, and their current average after two games in 2014 is 161.0 rushing yards allowed per game (27th in the NFL right now). Things haven't changed much in Chicago despite their free agent moves. Buffalo blasted this defensive front for 33/193/1 two weeks ago, and San Francisco followed up with 27/129/1 last Sunday. Ivory and Johnson have a great matchup for this upcoming game.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs OAK 13 68 0 5 5 23 1 0
2 at GB 12 21 0 3 1 0 0 0
3 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds 12 * * 3 * * *
3 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay 12 * * 3 * * *
3 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom 12 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs OAK (13 / 68 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 23 / 1 rec)

Chris Johnson, who started and played the majority of the snaps at running back, turned in a very workman-like effort against Oakland's improved defense. Johnson's excellent vision was on full-display early on. Johnson would notice open running lanes, quickly cut back, and accelerate for first downs. Johnson's scored New York's first touchdown on a short shuttle pass from Geno Smith. Johnson used his agility to avoid defenders and scamper into the end zone. New York split Johnson out wide on a few occasions in an effort to get him into space. Johnson caught all five of his targets and adds an explosive weapon to New York's offense.

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.


Latest News

Jets | Chris Johnson a full participant (Sat Sep 20, 02:43 PM) - New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle) participated fully in practice Saturday, Sept. 20.

Our View: The Jets are going to want to attack the soft, squishy middle of the Bears defense and Johnson can do that. He'll also help the passing game when the Jets line him up outside. We see him as an RB2 though, because of the presence of Chris Ivory.
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Jets | Chris Johnson limited in practice (Fri Sep 19, 04:47 PM) - New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 19.

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Jets | Limited practice for Chris Johnson (Thu Sep 18, 05:42 PM) - New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.

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Jets | NYJ RB trio splits snaps (Mon Sep 15, 11:47 AM) - New York Jets RB Chris Johnson played 27 snaps in Week 2, while RB Chris Ivory played 27 and RB Bilal Powell played 17 snaps Sunday, Sept. 14.

Our View: Ivory looked the best out of the Jets backs on Sunday, but this is a situation that could change from week to week. Johnson and Ivory are flex plays in this three-headed RBBC. Powell isn't worth adding to rosters just yet, but he could have value if either Ivory or Johnson get banged up.
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Jets | RB trio split snaps (Mon Sep 15, 11:41 AM) - New York Jets RB Chris Johnson played 27 snaps in Week 2, while RB Chris Ivory played 27 and RB Bilal Powell played 17 snaps Sunday, Sept. 14.

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