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With Chris Ivory (ribs) not playing, Johnson finished Saturday's preseason game against the Bengals with 63 yards on 10 carries and one yard on two receptions.
While Johnson is expected to work in tandem with Chris Ivory this season, an injury to Ivory wouldn't necessarily lead to a major increase in Johnson's touches, as the Jets also have Bilal Powell, who played well in Saturday's game. Saturday's performance was encouraging, but Johnson still figures to split the workload, and isn't expected to get many goal-line carries.
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Johnson blames his 2013 struggles on Tennessee's predictable play-calling, something he doesn't see as a problem with the Jets, according to ESPN.com.
When it comes to pointing the blame at someone else, Johnson still has elite quickness. But maybe New York OC Marty Mornhinweg will be able to unlock Johnson in 2014.
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Johnson had four carries for two yards and a touchdown and two receptions for 16 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Colts.
Johnson and Chris Ivory split the first-team work, until Ivory exited the game early with a ribs injury. Bilal Powell, the third running back co-listed atop the team's depth chart, sat out Thursday's game with a hamstring injury that isn't thought to be particularly serious. Johnson stayed in Thursday's game deep into the second quarter, scoring his touchdown on a drive led by Michael Vick and the second-string offense. Although Johnson a one-yard touchdown Thursday night, he doesn't figure to see many goal-line carries this season.
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Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell are listed as even atop the Jets depth chart, the New York Post reports.
Rex Ryan keeps talking about a committee, not that it's a foreign concept around the league. But it's difficult to get excited about Johnson these days, as we know the Jets are likely to ship the goal-line carries to someone else. Caveat emptor.
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Chris Johnson underwent stem-cell treatment surgery on his left knee in the offseason.
We knew Johnson had surgery, but up until now it had been classified as a mere scope. When Johnson tore his meniscus in Week 3 last season, he says he lost a ton of cartilage. Injecting stem cells -- taken from a bone marrow sample near Johnson's pelvis -- into the area "might be able to help rebuild that cartilage." The hope is that the stem cells will help rebuild the tissue in Johnson's knee. Stem-cell treatment is becoming very common among all pro athletes.
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According to the New York Post, the Jets put Chris Johnson "in motion" and "flexed him out as a wide receiver quite a few times" during his first practice of training camp Thursday.
Johnson played some receiver at East Carolina. Playing wideout and slot could give the Jets increased flexibility on offense, perhaps with CJ?K and Chris Ivory on the field together in some formations. "Having that kind of game-breaker out of the backfield certainly will get your attention," coach Rex Ryan said. "The kid at Buffalo, Spiller, is one of those guys that has that kind of speed. Chris, obviously, your antenna is up every time he comes out of that backfield. If he motions out, the DBs know, like wait a second, here's a 4.2. You'll approach him differently than you would most halfbacks." Johnson remains a dicey RB2/flex in re-draft leagues.
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Chris Johnson (knee) has been medically cleared for training camp.
Coach Rex Ryan described CJ?K as "flying" during his Wednesday conditioning run, which isn't surprising because Johnson has always possessed blazing straight-line speed. Johnson underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus this past January, but it was never expected to threaten his training camp status. He's expected to be 1A to Chris Ivory's 1B in the Jets' 2014 backfield.
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ESPN New York expects the Jets to take a backfield-by-committee approach.
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Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg referred to Chris Johnson as a "first-ballot Hall of Famer."
First-ballot HOF running backs, even on the downside of their careers, don't typically share carries. So if Mornhinweg truly believes Johnson belongs in that category, he'll be a good bet to hold off Chris Ivory. Johnson recently stated he doesn't believe the Jets' backfield will be a timeshare. We suspect it's probably only a matter of time before he begins complaining about his workload.
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Chris Johnson believes he will not be involved in a timeshare with Chris Ivory on the Jets.
"As for the timeshare and all that, it won't be an issue I'm pretty sure," said Johnson. "... At the end of the day, if I continue to play like I've been playing, they're going to keep handing the ball off to me." It's worth noting that incumbent starter Ivory averaged 4.58 yards per carry last season. Johnson averaged 3.86. There's a good case to be made that Ivory is the Jets' best runner.