New York Jets: Examining Chris Johnson’s Role in 2014
One excited football player these days is Chris Johnson. He finally got to sign with a new team and has been given a huge opportunity to revitalize his career in the city that never sleeps.
One has to admit, the New York Jets always provide plenty of headlines and most of the time give fans exciting football to enjoy. Well, maybe not last year, but the Jets knew they would have to put up or shut up this season. Expected to return to their winning ground-and-pound running game, Johnson is expected to be their featured running back.
Expect to see a heavy dosage of Johnson on about 60 percent of the Jets’ plays with both Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell sharing the rest of the carries equally. Another great dynamic Johnson brings to the table is the fact that he can also line up as a receiver and create great mismatches to confuse defenses. Out of the three, Johnson is the superior player in that he’s a dual threat either on the ground or catching the ball, something the Jets have lacked the past few years.
Earlier this week, the Jets started their offseason voluntary workout program, which enables players to start getting ready for the season and get to know their new teammates. The majority of the time, these are attended by star athletes to earn monetary bonuses since it’s always good to get a head start.
Head coach Rex Ryan met with members of the media on the first day of these offseason workouts and didn’t give any specifics on the exact role the Jets plan to give to Johnson. The good news is that no promises were given to him on the amount of playing time he will receive. This is key since it pretty much means the Jets will return to the ways of having a three-headed beast handling all running duties.
Expect to see the Jets win plenty of games on the ground. While most eyes will be on the quarterback competition that will take place between Michael Vick and Geno Smith, the Jets will most likely shift to a dominating rushing attack this season. After all, it’s what worked tremendously when they made the AFC Championship game in back-to-back seasons in 2009-2010.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.