Maybe it’s because they’ve targeted another potential game-breaker.
The draw for a run-first head coach like Rex Ryan to add a player such as Johnson is reasonable, though the Jets are much deeper at running back than they are at wide receiver. That is also true of most positions on their roster.
Rapoport describes the Jets as having “some interest,” so it might not have traction.
But at a time when teams are lining up to run away from the mention of Johnson, having some interest might be enough.