As a concession to his surgically repaired knee, running back Chris Johnson reportedly will sit out OTAs for the New York Jets.
That sounds like the most likely course of action, according to Kieran Darcy of ESPN New York:
At #Jets access today, where RB Chris Johnson just said he probably will be held out of OTAs as he continues to rehab knee.
— Kieran Darcy (@KieranDarcy) May 22, 2014
Even with Johnson’s somewhat checkered past, it is hard to imagine the Jets having too big a problem with this development. The man once known as ‘CJ2k’ played through a torn meniscus in his knee for most of the 2013 season before having surgery to repair the injury this off-season. Given the physical demands for running backs and the fickle nature of the position in general, especially for aging players, the Jets are probably comfortable with Johnson taking his time getting back into the swing of things.
Johnson is coming off a season that mostly looks solid on paper: 1,077 yards and six touchdowns. But anybody who watched Johnson in action might point out that the 3.9 YPC that he averaged did not always feel like an accurate reflection of the quality of his work (and not in a good way). When deployed correctly Johnson is still a weapon; the Jets will start the process of trying to maximize his talent by taking it slow with him and his healing knee.