Former 2,000 yard rusher Chris Johnson wants to show he still has a lot left in the gas tank, and that means he wants more carries in the New York Jets offense.
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Johnson only has 35 carries, tallying 123 yards, in the Jets three games this season. While many would have you believe that teammate Chris Ivory is stealing the majority of the workload, the facts are that Ivory only has 33 carries this season.
Although Johnson wants the ball more, he understands that game situations have put the offense in tight situations in which they have to throw the ball, and he is not ready to complain to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg about his carries just yet.
“It’s still early,” Johnson told ESPN. “I know what Marty wants to do, and I know what this offense wants to do. We want to run the ball. I don’t think it’s time right now to go in there and talk to Marty and try to tell him what he needs to do.”
“Of course we want to run the ball more times and get into where we run the ball 35, 40 times a game, and give us both the opportunity to get a chance to run the ball hard,” Johnson continued. “I know we both envisioned probably getting more carries, not just us both getting 10, 12 apiece. Probably more than that. A lot of times, you’ve got to go how the game goes, and we’ve been put in situations where we’ve had to throw the ball.”
With Johnson’s explosive play ability, the Jets should look for interesting ways to get him the ball other than just running it. At the end of the day, Johnson and Ivory will split carries throughout the season, so the team must find other ways to utilize Johnson.
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