The contract is signed, the knee is healed and Chris Johnson is ready to go. Johnson sat out all of minicamp after undergoing offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus and told reporters on Wednesday that he’s ready to join the rest of the New York Jets in training camp.
“I’m good to go and do everything,” he said. “I went down to Dr. (James) Andrews and he cleared me and after that, the little break we had, (I’ve) just been really working on everything. Cutting drills and conditioning and stuff like that.”
The running back played almost all of last season with the injury. Johnson injured his knee in week 3 but was able to play through it. Now he says he’s ready to do everything.
“I’m pretty good,” he said. “I’m ready to go do whatever they ask me to do.”
The versatile running back will need to do just about whatever the Jets ask of him this season. Last year the Jets had one of the NFL’s worst group of receivers and Johnson could prove to be another receiving threat while providing the expected boost in the running game.
Jets’ receivers ranked No. 31 in catches, No. 30 in receiving yards and last in receiving touchdowns in 2013. And, if all goes well, Johnson could prove to be another option for second-year quarterback Geno Smith.
But before Johnson can do any of that he has to get back on the field in full pads.
“I’m real anxious,” he said. “Anytime (you’re) coming back into camp, I haven’t taken the hits since last year and that stuff. I haven’t worn pads since then. I’m just anxious to get out there and get that first hit out of the way and just get back to having fun.”
Last week Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he believes this year’s team is one that can win. Johnson’s view isn’t much different, but he’s realistic about the process.
“We’re optimistic but it’s a situation (where) we know how hard we worked this offseason,” he said. “It’s just not the offense, (it’s) how the defensive guys are working and how we’re working and the type of OTAs we had and minicamp. We know we’ve got a pretty good team but we know that we’ve still got to take one step at a time and that’s getting training camp out of the way and start winning games. We can’t just jump to the playoffs or straight to a Super Bowl. We’ve got to take it one game at a time.”