It wasn’t that long ago Chris Johnson looked like a lost cause and a sunk cost.
But he said Thursday he never doubted he’d be back.
“I was always confident,” he said on Thursday, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean.
He didn’t have much reason to be, after being held to 24 yards or fewer in four of the first five games.
Since then, he’s gone for 91, 195, 99 and 141 yards in the next four games, including a pair of 80-plus-yard touchdown runs in two of the last three games.
“I am sure I answered some questions,’’ Johnson said. “Earlier a lot of people thought I wasn’t playing hard or just got the big [contract] and gave up or lost a couple of steps or things like that. If you have been paying attention, you know all of those are false.”
Actually, we know he’s rebounded. We still don’t know if he’s worth the money, and with the owner putting everyone on notice, anyone who works there can’t be as confident as Johnson sounds.