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Rex Ryan on Chris Johnson: No role determined for anyone

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The Jets started their offseason workouts on Monday and many eyes will be on newly signed running back Chris Johnson to see what kind of role the Jets have in mind for him in the 2014 season.

According to head coach Rex Ryan, it will be a while before that role reveals itself. Ryan met the media on Monday and offered little in the way of specifics about the offense, saying that the team won’t go the Ground and Pound route “unless we choose to” and going on to say that no promises were made to Johnson when he signed about how much he’ll play.

“Nothing was ever promised [like] ‘You’re going to get X amount of carries.’ No role determined for really anyone,” Ryan said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

While the Jets aren’t giving Johnson $4 million this year to sit on the bench behind Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, the presence of those other backs means Johnson won’t just be handed the starting job and a heavy role either. That said, Johnson’s ability to break big plays and make things happen as a receiver are two places he’s clearly superior to the other backs and that should buy him every opportunity to be the lead dog in the backfield even if he isn’t playing as much as he did in Tennessee.

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13 Responses to “Rex Ryan on Chris Johnson: No role determined for anyone”
  1. nygmann says: Apr 21, 2014 1:53 PM

    Umm… you better make him your #1 RB. Otherwise, this team is going nowhere.

  2. Go-Hawks! says: Apr 21, 2014 1:53 PM

    Rex Ryan on Coaching: I don’t know what I’m doing.

  3. laxcoach37 says: Apr 21, 2014 2:04 PM

    Sounds like a reasonable contract, but the problem is that CJ “thinks” he was worth $7-9M a year. This is not going to go well. The Jets Oline did not improve and it was mediocre at best last year.

  4. tennesseeoilers says: Apr 21, 2014 2:06 PM

    Translation: We promised Chris Johnson one thing, but we’ll be doing another.

  5. ragnarthemagnificent says: Apr 21, 2014 2:18 PM

    Rex should get a tattoo of Chris and Chris should get a tattoo of Rex, each wearing a Sanchez jersey.

  6. simplegodfather says: Apr 21, 2014 2:28 PM

    Silly Rabbits, your teams isn’t any better than the Jets.. O what says you now? Fragile QB Titan? G Men who quits during season? PED Hawking? please.. U aint any better.

  7. bearshaterseverywhere says: Apr 21, 2014 2:28 PM

    “No role determined for anyone” is the Jet’s Motto with Rex at the helm. He has always played games with the media, but he just makes himself look like an imbecile, year after year after year. Just shut up and say next question or no comment, is that so hard?

  8. simplegodfather says: Apr 21, 2014 2:33 PM

    The Jets will prove the doubters/haters wrong.. They done it last year, many saying 2-12, but end up 8-8… So many people saying they lucky and all that.. I don’t care, NFL don’t care.. Stop being emotional spoil brats and act like your team is godzilla.. Every teams start 0 record in new season…

  9. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 21, 2014 2:40 PM

    Runningback seems like a good role for him…

  10. realskipbayless says: Apr 21, 2014 2:56 PM

    Chris Johnson is team bum. On a bum team.

  11. baily67 says: Apr 21, 2014 4:51 PM

    CJ as a receiver? have you watched a titan game? he couldn’t catch the ball!

  12. orivar says: Apr 21, 2014 8:14 PM

    Chris Johnson isn’t a ground & pound running back anyways. If anything Marty is going to try to use him like Westbrooke, except he isn’t.

    We will see what happens, Rex is a good coach. Fact he kept that roster at 8-8 last year with all the distractions they had is pretty impressive.

  13. j0esixpack says: Apr 21, 2014 10:30 PM

    Can he play QB?

    The job is really up for grabs – he might as well make a go of it.

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