Titans RB Chris Johnson Under Pressure in 2012

Last season, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson finally received the hefty contract ($53.5 million extension and $30 million guaranteed) he fought so hard for after holding out until the first day of September.

Unfortunately, all of that time away from his teammates during training camp kept Johnson from being in the type of shape he should have been for the 2011 season–which is why he’s facing plenty of pressure heading into this year.

After rushing for 4,417 yards and 29 touchdowns over his first three seasons in the NFL from 2008-10, Johnson finished with just 1,047 rushing yards and four touchdowns–which is nothing but embarrassing for a player that claims to be the “best running back in the NFL.”

Johnson was nearly unstoppable during his first three seasons in the league and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be in tip-top shape heading into 2012.

The Titans proved last year they have what it takes to compete with some of the best in the AFC and how much success they have this season will rely heavily on how well Johnson performs.

He’s finally being paid like one of the top running backs in the NFL–so it’s time for Johnson to prove he’s worth the investment for Tennessee.