Chris Johnson averaged 3.9 yards per carry last season with the Tennessse Titans last season, but CJ2K has exceeded 2,000 yards once in his career and made it over the 1,000 mark in every year he has played. Usually, he’s all talk. After his 2,000 yard season in 2009, he promised another. Now, Johnson’s new offensive coordinator doing the talk for Johnson. Marty Mornhinweg is making a different promise.
“He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” Marty Mornhinweg said, via ESPN New York.
Chris Johnson has the opportunity to ignite the Jets backfield and provide a much needed home run threat, but he is not a first-ballot future Hall of Famer — not yet at least. It’s great to have faith in a running back but Mornhinweg is seeing a running back mirage. CJ2K has not been an elite running back in the league for the last few years, let alone through the history of the league. His productivity had declined.
While ESPN New York reporter Rich Cimini never went as far as saying that Chris Johnson is a future Hall of Famer, he did concede that Johnson was the Jets best free agency signing.
You put Johnson with a mobile quarterback, whether it’s Geno Smith or [Michael] Vick, and you’re putting stress on a defense. You’re forcing the defense to bring down a safety, creating opportunities in the passing game. You’re doing something the Jets haven’t done in a long time: putting a player out there who actually scares a defense.
Decker is a solid receiver, but he’s not a game-changer. Vick, if he’s playing, isn’t that guy anymore. Johnson still has a chance.