The Jets will kick off their 2014 season against the Raiders on Sunday and that will give us our first chance to see how the workload will break down in their backfield.
Chris Johnson has joined Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to form a group that the Jets will likely be leaning on heavily in the coming weeks and months. Talk this summer has been about a committee approach that makes room for riding a hot hand, but Johnson feels confident that he’ll be getting plenty of work now that the regular season is here.
“At the end of the day, they wouldn’t have brought me in here if I wasn’t going to have a big role, if I wasn’t going to be a big part of this offense,” Johnson said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “That’s something I’m not worried about. I’m not worried about my role and how it’s going to play out. As a free agent, they could’ve chosen a lot of different guys. They already had some guys in here that had some success. They weren’t going to bring me in here for no reason.”
Johnson and Ivory share the top rung on the depth chart released by the Jets, although he’s not wrong about the reasons why the Jets brought him to the team. They wouldn’t have done it if they thought Johnson was incapable of being a lead back at this point in his career. He’ll need to actually show that he’s up to the task, but it’s a good bet he’ll get the most work if he does.