The New York Jets signed former Tennessee Titan speedster, Chris Johnson to a two-year deal, worth up to $9 million. CJ2K will join a crowded backfield, consisting of Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. Ivory and Powell each had career years in 2013, leading the Green and White into the top-ten for almost every major rushing category.
The addition of a homerun threat to Marty Mornhinweg's offense poses a great challenge for opposing defenses. The one-two combination of speed and strength, Johnson and Ivory, will be a major change of pace that the team did not have in the backfield last season. Although Powell served as a good complement to Ivory's bruising running-style, he did not possess the elite speed that Johnson brings to the table.
Gang Green now has an explosive backfield and the tandem of CJ2K and Ivory should draw a lot of attention from around the league. Matching up against the rest of the NFL, the ball-carriers in New York rank among the top of the list. Combining both Ivory's and Johnson's 2013 stats, they would have recorded over 1,900 yards, ranking tops in the league among tandem backfields. However, if Johnson and Ivory cannot reproduce last year's stats, the Jets will have some competition as to which team has the best backfield in the league.
Coming in second, just in front of the revamped Jets backfield, is the tandem of Fred Jackson and C.J Spiller for the Buffalo Bills. Jackson and Spiller are a one-two punch to defenses, similar to their AFC East rivals. With the signing of run-blocking specialist Chris Williams from the St. Louis Rams, the Bills have provided a sound run-blocking offensive line to open more holes for the veteran duo. Together, the pair recorded over 1,800 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013. Also, the two Buffalo backs have been productive together since being united in 2010, putting this backfield ahead of the Jets.
The best backfield today is in Philadelphia. The Eagles have made some upgrades this offseason as well, trading for former New Orleans Saints running back, Darren Sproles. Sproles, similar to Johnson, is a fast and elusive back, who can catch the ball out of the backfield. However, his partner in crime is a serious upgrade from Ivory, as last year's top receiving running back is coupled with LeSean McCoy. McCoy is regarded as one of the best rushers in the game, and has the production to back the claims.