The New York Jets made headlines (what else is new) today by signing for Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson to a 2-year $8 million dollar deal that includes $1 million in incentives based on yardage, according to reports.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) April 16, 2014
He was released by the Titans on April 4th after spending 6 seasons with the team.
Johnson is one of the more well-known names in the NFL, but the reality of the situation is the Jets didn’t need him, and neither the team nor the fans should expect much from him.
The 1-2 combination of Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell is more than capable of getting the job done. That duo, along with Geno Smith finished the season with the 6th best rushing offense. Adding Johnson to that mix doesn’t do much, aside from likely spelling the end of Mike Goodson’s time with the team.
Obviously, Johnson’s had his moments with the Titans. In 2009, Johnson ran for 2,006 yards, a 5.6 yards per carry average, and scored 14 touchdowns (all career highs).
Looking to what he did last season, Johnson finished with a career low 3.9 yards per carry average and his longest run of the season was just 30 yards. In total, he only had 5 carries that went as far as 20 yards.
That says his speed is nowhere near what it used to be and he doesn’t have the ability to break free from defenders anymore.
John Idzik and company should be more focused on adding more talent to the wide receiver and tight end positions to help out Geno Smith.
Maybe a change of scenery will do Johnson good, but any talk of him returning to CJ2K status is unrealistic.