Running back Chris Johnson is entering a different mindset this time around in his football career. Once considered to be a hard-running workhorse kind of athlete carrying the team on his shoulders, Johnson is set to work smarter, not harder on his new team. When he agreed to sign with the New York Jets, it was established that he would be part of a carousel of running backs that will commit to running the football towards success. Now with the Jets, Johnson can focus on contributing to the team goals and the overall bigger picture.
While Johnson is still considered able to possibly repeat the amazing success he had a few years ago where he ran for over 2,000 yards, the expectations aren’t that high to have such a crazy workload with the Jets. The plan is to utilize his skills and have him be a main asset and leader for the running back corps. It’s understood that with his previous wear and tear with the Tennessee Titans it’s better to put him in a position to succeed rather than burn him out before the mid-season mark. That’s especially true with other premier running backs like Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell in the picture who will also make plenty of contributions to the team.
It’s good to see Johnson is embracing his role with the Jets since in the past he would have contradicted the kind of system the Jets deploy. He’s not a fan of swapping out running backs due to not getting a consistent flow during game time. However, he does understand it’s a winning formula that has worked wonders for the Jets in the past. It’s no secret that the ground-and-pound running attack is one of the main reasons why the Jets were a playoff contending team just a few years ago.
The three-headed rushing monster the Jets plan to unleash against opponents will still be spearheaded by Johnson. His solid abilities to run up the gut, execute screen plays very well and also catch down the field will give the Jets a much-needed new dimension on offense.