NFL Debate: Chris Johnson Primed to Disappoint in 2013

By Scott DelleFave
Chris Johnson
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Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson hasn’t had a single “bad” year since coming into the NFL in 2008. But since he joined the 2,000 yard club in 2009, he hasn’t had a year above 1,365 yards. For one reason he hasn’t had the number of carries he had in that electric year and also his yards per carry average went from an amazing 5.6 to no more than a still solid 4.5.

This offseason the Titans did everything in their power to bolster their interior line including signing free agent stud left guard in Andy Levitre from the Buffalo Bills. They also selected Chance Warmack 10th overall in this year’s NFL Draft to play right guard. So as a result of these two moves the Titans’ interior line should be nothing short of amazing. While Levitre is an excellent pass blocker, he is undersized as he is listed at 306 pounds. He looks too small to be a consistent road grading type of lineman who will plow holes for any team’s feature running back.

This is as big of a reason as any that Chris Johnson will have another “disappointing year” if disappointing means he’ll gain about 1,400 yards and get 10 touchdowns. It is disappointing since most Titans fans figured he would have several 2,000 yard seasons, as did he after he held out for more money and ultimately got it from the team.

All in all, it should be an interesting year for Chris Johnson, and several people will be watching to see if he can return to his home run hitting glory or not.

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