Rex Ryan on Chris Johnson: No role determined for anyone

AP

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.