Jets should consider Chris Johnson

3/31/14 in NFL   |   dsm5095   |   9 respect

Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) carries the ball against the Houston Texans during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY SportsWe’re now over 2 weeks into NFL free agency and the Jets haven’t really made any new additions to their offense other than Eric Decker and Breno Giacomini. Jets GM John Idzik is a strong believer in the draft to help build and maintain sustainable success. The team needs playmakers on offense.
The Titans have put Chris Johnson on the trading block because he’s due $8 million this year. Johnson is willing to take a paycut to make a trade easier, according to Mike Garofolo of Fox Sports. Here are 5 reasons why the Jets should try to get Chris Johnson:
1.) He would provide a spark to the offense with his speed
Chris Johnson holds the record for fastest 40-yard drill time at the NFL combine with a 4.24. He might not be as fast as when he went out of college, but he is still very capable of breaking a game open with a long run. His longest run in 2013 was a 30-yard touchdown, but in 2012, he set a career-high in a Monday Night game against the Jets with a 94-yard TD.


2.) Johnson would thrive in Mornhinweg’s system
Jul 29, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Marty Mornhinweg loves using running backs with the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He maximized the abilities of Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy while in Philadelphia. Johnson would be dangerous on a screen pass with open space. The Jets’ offense was anemic due to a lack of talent. Their leading receiver was Jeremy Kerley with 43 receptions. Johnson had 42 catches for the Titans.
Bilal Powell wasn’t bad for the Jets with 36 catches but he isn’t a guy that would keep opposing offensive coordinators up at night. Chris Ivory is a tough runner between the tackles but he only had 2 catches last year. Catching passes aren’t his specialty. Mike Goodson would’ve been a good challenger to Johnson with his speed but Goodson’s season was cut short last year with a torn ACL. Not sure how that’ll affect him this season.
3.) Durability hasn’t been a question in the past
Chris Johnson has played 95 out of 96 games in his career for the Titans. That is very valuable in today’s NFL with running backs taking arguably the most hits game to game and having the shortest careers. The Jets’ lead back, Chris Ivory, is known to not be very durable in comparison. Ivory has only played in at least 12 games twice in his 4-year career and was never able to take the starting RB job in New Orleans before coming to the Jets.
4.) He hasn’t gone a single season without at least 1,000 yards
In his 6-year career, he has always had at least 1,000 yards. This shows consistency. The Jets’ leading rusher last year was Chris Ivory with 833 yards. While Johnson probably wouldn’t get 300 carries next year, he would make a great RB committee with Ivory (if healthy) and Powell.
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