Jets will be “strategic” with Chris Johnson’s carries
Even though Chris Johnson is entering arguably the most important year of his career and he thinks he’s still capable of a 2,000 yard season, the Jets are planning on taking it easy with him this year.
Johnson, who has been limited this year coming off knee surgery, is going to split carries this season with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, according to running backs coach Anthony Lynn. He says that they still plan to use Johnson to the best of his abilities and take advantage of his skills.
“He’s got some miles on him,” Lynn said, via NJ.com. “So we’re going to have to be strategic in how we use him, and when we use him, to keep him fresh so that he can be the explosive guy that I know that he can be.”
Johnson has said in the past that he isn’t a fan of running back by-committee systems, but he has since abandoned that philosophy and replaced it with a “Whatever it takes to win” attitude, which is probably for the best. Anthony Lynn recently made comments saying that Johnson would get “as many touches as he wants”, but it looks like he’s backing off that idea.
Johnson was a workhorse with the Titans because they had no other options. He didn’t have fellow running backs like Powell and Ivory to take the pressure off of him. This could actually be very good for him. If he isn’t carrying the ball 200+ times a season, his body won’t wear down as quickly as it did last year.
With Johnson being a home run threat every time he touches the ball, Chris Ivory’s power running style, and Bilal Powell’s combination of speed and power, this Jets threesome could be very troublesome for defenses league-wide.
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