New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg believes running back Chris Johnson is a “first-ballot Hall of Famer.”
The 28-year-old Johnson, who was clipped by the Tennessee Titans on April 4, signed a two-year deal worth $8 million to become a Jet.
Since getting drafted 24th overall out of East Carolina in 2008, the 5-foot-11, 203-pound Johnson has only missed one game and amassed 7,965 yards and 50 touchdowns on the gridiron.
Johnson, who completed the 40-yard dash in 4.24 seconds, also caught 272 balls for 2,003 yards and eight scores over 95 contests as a Titan.
Handcuffed by the league’s 29th ranked attack, the Jets finished 8-8 and failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third straight season in 2013.
John Idzik cut Santonio Holmes, Mark Sanchez and Antonio Cromartie to get Gang Green roughly $40 million under the cap.
The thrifty GM used some of those financial resources to acquire Johnson, Michael Vick and Eric Decker.
Subsequently, Idzik selected Jace Amaro, Shaq Evans, Jalen Saunders and Quincy Enunwa between May 8 and May 10 to further deepen their weaponry.
If handled properly by Mornhinweg, Johnson and the bruising Chris Ivory could ideally complement each other and form a solid tandem in Gang Green’s backfield.
Nevertheless, dismissing the fact that he is a three-time Pro Bowler who earned the 2009 rushing crown, CJ2K shouldn’t get many more carries than the 6-foot, 222-pound Ivory.
Johnson isn’t a “first-ballot Hall of Famer” and he must accept a reduced role to fly as a Jet.
Provided CJ2K doesn’t strut around like a “first-ballot Hall of Famer,” expect Chris Johnson to run beautifully this autumn in the ugly swamps of Jersey.by