After spending his first six NFL seasons with the Titans, Jets newcomber RB Chris Johnson is ready to begin training camp with Gang Green. Johnson underwent surgery in January to clean up a torn meniscus in his knee, but has officially been given the green light for camp.
Chris Johnson gets some reps in Jets camp
The Titans focused on upgrading their offensive line last season with the hopes of revitalizing CJ2K’s career, but the result was tumultuous, leading to his departure from Tennessee. Now in New York, the 27 year-old Johnson will look to regain his explosiveness from the 2009 and 2010 seasons, where he ran for the most yards and touchdowns in his career.
While CJ will have to fight off Chris Ivory for carries, look for the Jets to use the two in a timeshare with Ivory’s thunder complementing Johnson’s lightning in Marty Mornhinweg’s offense.
When the Jets played salary cap roulette this off-season, incumbent starting RB Shonn Greene wound up as a cap casualty,
while the team traded a 4th-round pick to acquire Chris Ivory from the Saints.
The Jets continued to add to their backfield by signing Mike Goodson, which was quickly dampened by Goodson’s gun and drug charges. With Ivory slowed by hamstring issues and Goodson yet to report to the team, neither move has paid dividends.
Instead, the Jets have relied heavily on a familiar face; third year back Bilal Powell.
Powering Gang Green to 149 yards on the ground, Powell looked like the Jets most reliable offensive weapon in week 3 vs. the Bills. Ivory’s hamstring is considered to be a multiple week injury, leaving Powell with full control to carry the mail. Look for Powell to build off his strong week 3 performance with favorable matchups coming up vs. the Titans, Falcons, and Steelers.
The Bottom Heist: Averaging a respectable 4.3 avg and the beneficiary of a solid run-blocking offensive line, Powell is primed for a consistent workload in a shaky Jets offense.