The Jets are supposed to be a hard-nosed football team. Chris Johnson may be blazing fast, but at 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, he’s not exactly a thumper. That doesn’t matter. Johnson will be an essential member of the offense this season. He and his teammates expect him to start and produce big numbers in the upcoming season.
“He’s far from done,” defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson said via New York Daily News. “That 4.24 speed is still there, believe it or not. He’s still got it. It’s a highlight reel waiting to happen. And we need those explosive plays.”
In order to get his legs going and help him bust through the line with that extra explosion, the Jets will taper Johnson’s output at practice. They will pace him him for what should be a long season.
“I’ve been in the business long enough to know that when guys get to that seventh and eighth year in the league,” running backs coach Anthony Lynn said, “you do have to monitor their reps in practice to keep them fresh. When the guy gets in the game fresh and he’s lighting it up, you let him go. I don’t monitor reps in a game. I don’t hold back production.”
Johnson is so confident about his production that he’s already campaigning for you to draft draft him on your fantasy team.
“Of course, they should draft me,” Johnson said. “I went through a lot of situations last year. You look at McCoy. He got put in a great situation: great offense and great schemes. So he’s doing what he’s supposed to do. I went through three different offensive coordinators (in six years with the Titans). I feel like I now have a great offensive coordinator in Marty (Mornhinweg). And I’m going to do great things this year.”