Jets running back Chris Johnson is one of just seven players in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, having gone for 2,006 in 2009. Now Johnson thinks he can do something that no one has ever done: Run for 2,000 yards in a season more than once.
“I’d just retire and not play anymore if I didn’t feel like I was still capable of being a 2,000-yard back,” Johnson told the New York Daily News. “I know I have the ability.”
That seems awfully unlikely: Johnson hasn’t even reached 1,400 yards in any season since that breakout performance in 2009, and his yards per carry average has declined to a career-low 3.9 last year. But Johnson still believes in himself.
“I don’t feel like I’m getting older or I lost a step. I still feel good. I still feel explosive,” he said. “I just know the type of player I am, I’d never sell myself short.”
A 2,000-yard rushing season is still one of the great individual accomplishments in the NFL, something that only Johnson, Eric Dickerson, Adrian Peterson, Jamal Lewis, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis and O.J. Simpson have done. If Johnson becomes the first player ever to reach 2,000 yards twice, he’ll be well on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But the reality is, in a Jets offense that plans to spread the ball around, Johnson will have a tough time getting 1,000 yards. Another 2,000 yards is a pipe dream.