Chris Johnson vows vengeance on the Tennessee Titans

  • Dave Ragazzo
PHOTO COURTESY:  MEL EVANS/ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHOTO COURTESY: MEL EVANS/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Does new Jets running back Chris Johnson really need any extra motivation to be one of the league’s most dangerous offensive players?

He has rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his six seasons including one 2,000 yard season.  When the Jets signed him, he immediately became their only “home-run threat,” something Gang Green has drastically missed throughout the years.  In fact, Johnson is so confident in his own abilities that he recently predicted a 1,500 yard season in what is sure to be a two running back system (at least).

What is his motivation you ask?  Revenge on the Titans, the team that drafted him and then subsequently let him go this off season.

From the New York Post:

Chris Johnson does not have to look far for inspiration this season.

The Jets running back has rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his six professional seasons. He is one of only seven men to ever rush for 2,000 yards in a season. He is only 28 years old.

But the Titans, the only team he ever played for, kicked him to the curb in April, releasing him rather than paying him the $8 million he was scheduled to make this year.

The Jets signed him 12 days later, and Johnson arrived determined to show he can still play.

“Of course I have a chip on my shoulder,” Johnson said last month in the Jets locker room. “It gives me more motivation to continue to work hard and come here and be that guy I’ve been my whole career. I want to prove [the Titans] wrong. They released me and I want to let them know they made a mistake.”

Johnson played most of last season with a torn meniscus in his left knee, which required surgery in January. Still, he rushed for 1,077 yards and six touchdowns.

Johnson’s best days may be behind him but if healthy, he will certainly spark a re-vamped Jets offense.  It will also be easier to keep him healthy as there are two very competent running backs playing alongside him in Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.

He will get his opportunity to get his revenge when the Jets travel to Tennessee in week 15.

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