The Return of Chris Johnson?

8/14/12 in NFL   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Last season, most drafted Chris Johnson, CJ2K, very early on in their respective fantasy drafts and he completely underperformed across the board and disappointed millions of fantasy owners. This season, the Tennessee Titans have informed the public they intend on becoming a pass-heavy offense with the hopeful emergence of Jake Locker at the QB position, while CJ will do a lot of block work and short pass-catching. 

However, with a pass-heavy approach, the run does not disappear all-together, especially with such a talented half-back behind the QB. CJ2K is looking to get back on track this season after accumulating only 1,047 rushing yards on 262 carries. In his infamous 2,000-yard rushing season, he carried the ball a career high 358 times for an average of 5.6 yards per carry. 

Aug 13, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) rushes the ball during training camp workout at Baptist Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRECJ has been very vocal this offseason, making it known that he truly believes in his ability to lead the NFL in rushing once again. His offensive line will need to run their rotations to perfection in order to allow him to break free as he did two years prior, because his downhill speed is unparalleled in the league. 

His carry-load will likely look more like last seasons output, however, his measly 4 yards per carry will almost certainly increase. His teammates have been taking notice as well this offseason as there is no longer contractual disputes keeping him from performing up to standards. 

Titans Safety, Jordan Babineaux had only good things to say about his teammate: "The biggest thing is that I know C.J. has been personally taking it upon himself to outperform the way he did last year. That's all we can ask of him. When C.J. gets the ball in his hand(s), he's the elusive, same type of guy everyone fears and it's great to see him play."

Most fantasy owners will shy away from drafting CJ2K in the first round, mainly because of his lack of production from a year prior, but don't be surprised to see another breakout year from the talented running back.  The Titans hope to see a much-improved backfield this season as well as they face tough divisional battles this season with the reigning AFC South winner, Houston Texans. 
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