In 2011, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson had the worst year of his career. Johnson set career lows in rushing yards, yards per carry, and touchdowns. As the year progressed and this off-season started, a lot of people had their own explanations why Johnson had declined. Regardless of their reasons, Johnson just did not look like the player who previously broke 2,000 yards in a season and earned the nickname CJ2k.
But Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Friday’s Inside Training Camp Live that Johnson appears to have rediscovered past elite form so far in camp. While running backs are difficult to evaluate accurately before full-contact football activities, Rapoport says the early signs are promising for the player once nicknamed “CJ2K.”
“I’ve been stunned,” said Rapoport, who is live at Titans training camp. “He looks like the Chris Johnson of old. … He’s fast, he’s in shape. Looks like he’s primed for a big year.”
NFL Network’s Charley Casserly also stated Friday that the Titans believe Johnson “came to camp on a mission,” after falling well short in 2011 of the standard he’d previously set.
Considering the six-year, $55.26 million contract they paid him last September, it would be nice if the Titans could count on Johnson to be a stabilizing element to their 2012 offense.