Jets will be “strategic” with Chris Johnson’s workload


Jets running back Chris Johnson thinks he’s capable of another 2,000-yard season in 2014, but it doesn’t sound like the Jets have the same plans for a back who was limited this offseason after having knee surgery.

Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn said that he liked the mix between Johnson, the power running of Chris Ivory and the little bit of everything provided by Bilal Powell while saying that the Jets are planning to deploy Johnson in spots to take full advantage of his skills.

“He’s got some miles on him,” Lynn said, via “So we’re going to have to be strategic in how we use him, and when we use him, to keep him fresh so that he can be the explosive guy that I know that he can be.”

That runs a bit counter to Lynn’s previous comments that Johnson “can have as many yards as he wants” this season, but even that proclamation came with the caveat that Johnson would be splitting time and would have to earn more time than the other backs by showing that he was clearly the best option for the running game. Even that might not happen if the Jets feel limited doses of playing time leaves Johnson likelier to rip off big runs when he does get on the field.

25 responses to “Jets will be “strategic” with Chris Johnson’s workload

  1. Remember the last time the Jets picked up a high-profile player whose best years were behind him, and promised to use him in “strategic” ways?

    Expect to see excessive coverage of CJ running shirtless in the rain soon, followed by a 3-13 season, followed by CJ being cut.

    Garbage organization.

  2. Jets and strategic in the same sentence?? Lol
    I should have read closer i guess, I at first thought Rex had said this
    “strategic” word and I knew that word was way to big for him.

  3. I like what the Jets are cooking. Johnson is the big play back, they’ve never had. Truthfully, the AFCE doesn’t have a RB with his skill set.

    The Jets offense will be much improved and it has to be to compete with NE. I think they have the offensive juice to challenge this year.

  4. I’m not sure if there is a better 1-2 punch in the NFL than Ivory/Johnson. Give Ivory the ball 15-18 times per game to tire the defense, and then throw in Johnson when the defense is gassed.

    Ivory’s career ypc is 4.9, and people had claimed his ypc was high because of the Saints offense. He then averaged 4.6 ypc, with 3.0 ypc after contact (#1 in the NFL) behind one of the worst o-lines in the NFL (Jets). People called him a poor man’s Lynch, but if Ivory stays healthy, I’m not so sure Lynch is a better back.

    Johnson, who is a former 4.24 speed running back and who has ran for 2,000+ yards in a single season, may have lost a step. But if his struggles were due to the Titan’s o-line and an injury, this will be a dominant running game.

  5. if anyone saw and remembered the three back set when goodson returned against atlanta. i would expect that type of approach, many three and two back sets. making the defense question who exactly will be getting the ball.

    CJ in open space? ivory busting in the middle? or powell, the jack of all trades? i’m very excited to see how they will all work out with this team.

  6. I’m a Jets fan. I’m happy to have Chris Johnson on board with such a team-friendly contract. I think he and Ivory perform a nice duo and if you don’t have a true superstar it’s good to have some quality fresh legs to throw out there. I’m not a Bilal Powell fan at all. He’s plodding. But the Jets will need both a healthy Johnson and a healthy Ivory if they are going to have success on the ground this year. Unfortunately, both players have a history of injury troubles. Long-term answers at the position are probably not on the current roster.

  7. As they should. The Jets were 6th in rushing last year….with THAT passing game.

    Powell and Ivory did their jobs fine, what they couldn’t do? Catch the ball out of the backfield, and that’s exactly what the Jets brought CJ in to do.

    My guess on total touches:

    CJ: 45%
    Ivory: 40%
    Powell: 15%

  8. Translation: “We discovered during OTAs that he doesn’t have much tread left. In fact, he’s not the fastest guy on our team … or our offense … or even our fastest running back.”

  9. The Jets offense will be legit this year and combined with their good defense they are looking like a playoff contender. If guys like Stephen Hill, Jace Amaro, and Geno Smith play to their abilities this offense can easily do a 180 from last year.

  10. Seriously I am not trying to be a Jets Hater, but when is the last time a rushing team made it to or through the Playoffs? Even if your so so-called best 1-2 punch improves from 6th, you still need balance. Moreover, to protect the ball, convert 3rd downs and score in the redzone. The Jets did none of these and has a weaker OLine and brought in a new QB with bigger turnover issues.

  11. The Jets look solid. They will win the division only to face a better balanced team. Go Steelers!

  12. Wow.. He’s the only back in the AFCE with that skill set? Ugh younger stronger CJ Spiller… And best 1..2 punch? You do know the Bills were one of the best rushing teams last year and have a chance at being better with an improved O-line and more depth at RB.
    Buffalo Bills 2014 AFCE CHAMPS!! Mark it down delusional Yets fans!

  13. Rexy ought to “strategically” say out loud the Jets will suck this year since whenever the Jets are told they will suck they do fine, but whenever the Jets overhype themselves they suck: 2011–“we’re going to the Super Bowl” and finish 8-8 not 10-6 in playoffs; 2013–“the Jets will finish 4-12” and they finish 8-8, nearly making playoffs (and keeping the Fins out of it!).

  14. Buffalo Bills 2014 AFCE CHAMPS!!

    Whoa there. Agreed that the jets are trash but the bills are even worse. You’ll be fighting for the cellar once again.

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