Rex Ryan has always been a fan of ground and pound football, so adding home run threat Chris Johnson to the New York Jets backfield makes so much sense for both CJ2K and Gang Green.
1. CJ2K's Home Run Potential
Ever since LaDainian Tomlinson
left following the 2011 season, the Jets have been lacking an explosive running back capable of taking any carry for a score. While Rex Ryan
enjoys a steady diet of ground and pound, Chris Johnson
's speed in the open field and quickness in and out of his cuts puts fear in the hearts of his opponents and causes defensive coordinator's heads to spin.
2. Legitimate receiver at running back
When general manager John Idzik signed running back Mike Goodson
last offseason, the former Oakland Raider was expected to be a dynamic force as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. After his arrest for drugs and weapons charges, Goodson served his suspension only to suffer a season-ending knee injury in a win over the Atlanta Falcons
. Clearly the Goodson signing backfired on New York's front office, yet Johnson is a proven commodity and dangerous weapon in the passing game that the Jets sorely missed last year.
3. Still plenty left in the tank
Expected to share the rushing workload with bruiser Chris Ivory
, Johnson, 29, can keep his carries down and avoid the wear and tear of a full-time running back. Many NFL Scout insist that Johnson has lost a step over the year, but with a specialty role Johnson is an ideal fit in New York's crowded backfield.
4. A Bona fide Offensive Star
The Jets' offense has been devoid of playmakers at wide receiver, running back and quarterback, but with the additions of Eric Decker
, Michael Vick
and Chris Johnson, the entire complexion of Marty Mornhinweg's unit has changed drastically. Johnson's possible arrival in New York would further cement the front office's commitment to retooling the offensive unit and help satisfy a fan base starved for a star offensive player.
5. CJ2K won't break the bank
The NFL is devaluing the running back position and CJ2K isn't expected to carry a heft price tag especially during the latter part of his playing career. While the Jets were one of the top spenders during free agency, bringing in Johnson won't handcuff them from making other moves to improve the roster.