Titans “optimistic” about Chris Johnson

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One of the bigger questions coming into the 2012 season has to do with whether Titans running back Chris Johnson will rebound from his disappointing 2011 season.

Johnson’s holdout last summer helped contribute to a very slow start to the season that got better, but Johnson never really turned in a performance equal to the ones we’d grown accustomed to seeing over the previous two years. His 1,047 yards and 4.0 yards per carry were the lowest totals of his four-year career and caused many people to question the wisdom of the big deal the Titans handed Johnson.

Thanks to a clause in that contract, Johnson is working out with the Titans this offseason for the first time and that change is leading to renewed optimism in Tennessee about the running back. Offensive coordinator Chris Palmer shared some thoughts with Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

“C.J. has worked very hard,” Palmer said. “He is here, running hard and working hard. I’m very optimistic about how he’s going to perform this (fall).”

A return to form from Johnson would be a huge boon for the Titans offense, which would be a good thing for Palmer. It would also be a good thing for Johnson, who might not see year three of his six-year extension unless 2012 looks a lot different from 2011.