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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.

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9 Responses to “Titans “optimistic” about Chris Johnson”
  1. fballguy says: May 27, 2012 10:33 AM

    This guy is too good to not bounce back. Last year had to have been an anamoly…and hopefully a reality check.

  2. bleedgreen says: May 27, 2012 10:52 AM

    So the guy still goes over 1000 yards, which is a GREAT season for just about ANY back, and if he doesn’t get better, he’s gonna get cut? I dunno about that…

  3. txtuff says: May 27, 2012 11:04 AM

    Bleedgreen, 1000 yards in a 16 game season is 62.5 yards a game. Far from a great season for a NFL RB. A g
    GREAT season starts at about 1500 yards rushing plus at least 200 to 300 plus receiving.

  4. arlingtonsynn says: May 27, 2012 12:08 PM

    Also Bleedgreen, he is being paid as though he is a GREAT RB (top 3). That’s why cutting him makes sense if he barely crosses the 1k mark.

  5. wherezwaldo says: May 27, 2012 12:40 PM

    CJ’s a bum. Got his paid & hes done.

  6. pacificnw7722 says: May 27, 2012 2:02 PM

    It will be interesting to see if he starts as a Bum or superstar this season…………

  7. letsgotitans says: May 27, 2012 2:19 PM

    Man are you kidding me, a bum? He will be in the probowl this year if he isn’t injured so I’m saying at least top 5 in rushing for the year, hopefully #1 but it sounds like we may have a pass first approach this season

  8. backindasaddle says: May 27, 2012 10:01 PM

    It’s been my observation that he’s not the same player unless he’s wearing his gold “grill”.

  9. andthereuhaveit says: May 28, 2012 2:10 AM

    He be fine. Addition of Steve Hutchinson is big. Starting Fullback ahmard hall had been suspended for four of them games as well. Very tough schedule this year tho.

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