Chris Johnson controls his own fate in New York
Running back coach Anthony Lynn told the New York Daily News, "We've always played the hot guy, it doesn't matter who it is. If you go in there and produce, you usually stay in." Lynn also stated that he believes Johnson will get plenty of carries due to his positive attitude toward wanting to be in the game every snap.
Throughout his career, Johnson has amassed nearly 8,000 rushing yards in a short six-year period. Nearly a quarter of the 3-time pro-bowlers yards were gained in his 2009 campaign when Johnson became only the sixth man ever to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. The all-pro has rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons in the NFL.
The Tennessee Titans released Johnson after an average 2013 season in which Johnson played through a meniscus injury. The Jets picked him up in free agency two weeks later and subsequently signed him to a two-year $8 million deal.
The question is will Johnson live up to his "CJ2K" nickname? The answer most people are giving is probably not. But the Jets believe that Johnson can be a major threat in their ground attack this upcoming season.
"The reason he's on this team is because he's explosive," Lynn said. "The (primary) thing we wanted to do as an offense was to get more explosive. We liked the players we had, but we wanted to add some speed and some playmakers. Yes, he is still explosive."
The question will be answered soon enough, as the 2014 season is a little more than two months away. The Jets will start regular season play at home against the Oakland Raiders on September 7.