Would Acquiring Chris Johnson Help New York Jets' Rushing Attack?

By Luis Tirado Jr.
Chris Johnson
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The New York Jets have about 12 2014 NFL Draft picks to play with between now and the weekend of May 8. A number of scenarios could happen should the Jets choose to either trade those picks away for a veteran player or maybe even send them to another team to move up in the draft order. Regardless, the Jets are in a great position to acquire top talent, especially with the good amount of salary cap room left to play with.

At the current moment, when one looks at the Jets’ RB situation, it gives most some mixed reactions. Chris Ivory did well towards the end of last season, but wasn’t consistent all year long. Mike Woodson tends to create more headlines about off-field issues, so he might not even be an option come next season.

Then of course, as probably the most consistent RB on the Jets’ roster, Bilal Powell shows the most potential. He is pretty good, but not the complete package. Powell runs very well, blocks decently, but doesn’t possess the ability to make a huge difference in close football games.

If the Jets want to add a veteran running back into the mix, they should go after Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans. The latest on his situation is that the team is indeed pursuing trade options, and they might even release him at any given moment since they want to move in a different direction without him.

Johnson used to be a premiere running back in the NFL with his speed and ability to create big plays. He would be a great addition to have on the Jets, who could then focus on him being the starter and have both Powell and Ivory battle it out come training camp for backup duties.

The Jets are in a win-now situation and if they are to compete with other teams, especially in the AFC East, they must continue adding the best available talent to the team. Johnson would definitely be an upgrade at running back and could be the difference-maker the Jets need.

Luis Tirado Jr. is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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