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New York Jets’ Chris Johnson uncertain for mandatory minicamp

New York Jets starting running back is sure to be Chris Johnson for the 2014 NFL season. However, his start with the team may be delayed as he recovers from offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

Johnson was recently interviewed by WFAN and others in a video posted on the Jets’ website.

According to the former Titans running back, he is still in recovery mode from offseason injuries and will be rehabbing rather than participating in next month’s mandatory minicamp.

While no timetable was divulged during the interview, it seems to make sense to get Johnson back to 100 percent before he returns to contact.

In New York, Johnson doesn’t have much competition.

Johnson will be sharing carries with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, but there is very little doubt Johnson will be getting a bulk of the rushes.

Johnson was one of the big names the Jets brought in this offseason, along with Eric Decker and Michael Vick, as they looked to revamp their offense.

It remains to be seen though just how much the former 2,000 yard rusher has left in the tank, but first getting back to 100 percent will be a must.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Of course it makes sense to try and get Johnson healthy first. I would have much preferred that he was healthy before we gave him a contract though, while coming cheap (8 million for two year), its yet to be seen how effective he can be post surgery and another year older. It would be great to see something of him before camp actually gets going, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Here’s hoping he can get healthy and produce!

  • jfs67

    I don’t think it’s as cut and dried as you think about Chris Johnson being the Jets starting RB, in fact, I think it’s highly unlikely as long as Chris Ivory is healthy, and running like he did in the 2nd 1/2 of 2013. Ivory will be the starter on 1st and 2nd down because he rarely loses yards (Johnson can’t say that, and the last thing Marty/REX want to see if Geno is the starting QB because they don’t want to put in in 2nd and 3rd and long) AND he wears a defense down so that everybody starts making bigger plays near the end of the 3rd and all of the 4th quarter – including throwing in Johnson with a much better chance of breaking a long one because the defense has lost 1/2 a step.

    Chris Johnson is probably going to be the “starting” 3rd down back, although if he isn’t making plays, they know B. Powell can do a decent job. It all comes down to – does Johnson still have the desire, commitment, and physical tools to be an effective player. He’s also more likely to come in for 2nd and long as well, but he has to deliver – I hope he can – BIG TIME
    GO JETS!!!