Considering he signed a $53.5 million extension and was one of the biggest disappointments of the 2011 season, no player may feel as much pressure heading into next season than Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson. Despite finishing with just 1,047 rushing yards (which believe it or not is actually disappointing) and four touchdowns last season, Johnson still believes he’s the best running back in the NFL.
Johnson recently discussed in an interview how his production over his first four seasons in the NFL is a strong enough case to make him the league’s best running back–which is actually a fair point. Since 2008, Johnson has recorded 5,645 rushing yards–including a 2,0006-yard season in 2009–and 38 touchdowns while missing just one game.
Of course, none of these numbers mean anything if Johnson continues to struggle once again in 2011. One of the main reasons why Johnson seemed to struggle so much last season was due to the lockout and holding out until the Titans gave in and provided him with a new contract.
Now that Johhson has a full offseason of working out and focusing on football, there’s every reason to believe he can emerge once again as the best running back in the NFL–but it certainly won’t be easy. When looking back to last season, there are plenty of young and talented running backs that will certainly give Johnson a run for his money when it comes to taking home the crown of being the league’s top running back.
Dan Parzych is the Director of Content for RantSports.com
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