The New York Jets brought in Chris Johnson this offseason to help bolster their run game. The Tennessee Titans on the other hand felt like Johnson was no longer worth his bloated contract at a position that has become somewhat expendable, especially given his age and expecting a decline in play.
Johnson’s new Jets teammates don’t see any signs of decline and say he still has it.
“Oh yeah, he still has it,” linebacker David Harris said, via the New York Post. “We noticed it the first day when we were in Cortland. He’s still the fastest guy on the field. He’s still got a lot of juice in those legs.”
It is interesting that it is defensive teammates pointing it out, because they’re the ones trying to stop Johnson, and not offensive players trying to sound confident and optimistic heading into the season.
“If he gets behind the defense he’s not getting caught from behind by anybody in the league,” defense end Sheldon Richardson added.
What Richardson says is possibly what the Titans saw, an inability to get behind the defense. Of course in a new offense Johnson could thrive with a new game plan, and it is arguably a better offense than what he came from.