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Chris Johnson: I want to prove the doubters wrong

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The Jets landed running back Chris Johnson on Wednesday, ending a brief free agent stint that didn’t feature overwhelming interest around the league in Johnson’s services.

Johnson spoke to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean after signing his contract and he had some of those teams on his mind when discussing his plans for the upcoming season. Johnson said he’s going to draw motivation from those who think he doesn’t have the same spark he had when he was running for more than 2,000 yards for the Titans.

“I have a fresh start. Now I am going to go out there with a chip on my shoulder,” Johnson said. “I know a lot of people are doubting me. I want to prove everybody wrong who has doubts in me. I am very excited about [joining the Jets]. It’s a team on the rise and I want to make them better. … I still have it.”

Johnson joins Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Mike Goodson in the Jets backfield at the moment, although there’s a good chance they’ll part ways with Goodson now that Johnson is in the fold. How things will shake out in terms of playing time remains to be seen, but he new Jet said he’s already spoken to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg about the different ways he’ll be used in 2014.

“I think I’m going to fit in pretty well,” Johnson said, via the team’s website. “Just talking to him and to Rex, who’s a guy that likes to run the ball, I think I’m going to fit in very well. We talked about all those things, catching out of the backfield, getting the ball to me in space.”

Johnson had 42 catches last season, one fewer than Jets team leader Jeremy Kerley, and his four receiving touchdowns were as many as Jets leader Jeff Cumberland, which underscores the need for more offensive talent on the roster. The Jets have added that in Johnson and wide receiver Eric Decker. With more likely to come in the draft, the Jets will look a lot different offensively than they did last season and that’s a step in the right direction.

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10 Responses to “Chris Johnson: I want to prove the doubters wrong”
  1. jetsfan67 says: Apr 16, 2014 5:45 PM

    Awesome

  2. packerbackernj says: Apr 16, 2014 6:35 PM

    He could rush for 1000 yards for the Jets, but rushing for 1000 yards isn’t that much of an accomplishment as it was 15 years ago, it’s expected out of a starting RB in the NFL.

  3. procraft30 says: Apr 16, 2014 6:36 PM

    You had the last 4 years to prove the doubters wrong and we’re suppose to think you are going to do it now??

  4. beerbudsnbevo says: Apr 16, 2014 6:45 PM

    So does Ocho Cinco up in the CFL….

  5. hjb99992013 says: Apr 16, 2014 6:47 PM

    I doubt that is the reason

  6. roxtar10 says: Apr 16, 2014 6:51 PM

    Another opportunity for Chris Johnson to TELL me how great he is instead of showing me.
    Perfect.

  7. larrydavid7000 says: Apr 16, 2014 8:05 PM

    johnson is a good 12 round pick up in fantasy football at best.

  8. realnflmaster says: Apr 16, 2014 8:38 PM

    J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!

  9. alonestartexan says: Apr 16, 2014 8:53 PM

    It’s funny to me when people claim that rushing for 1,000 yards in the NFL was an accomplishment 15 years ago, but not today, especially when you consider that today’s NFL is much more pass oriented. Wouldn’t that make 1,000 yards MORE impressive?

    When you consider (in 2013) that there are 32 teams and only 13 backs rushed for 1,000 yards (Only 1 broke 1,500) I’d say that rushing for 1,000 yards is pretty good, especially in today’s NFL.

  10. texansdude says: Apr 17, 2014 2:07 PM

    The Jets are on the rise?

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