The Jets have made multiple moves this offseason to bolster their inept offense from last season. It began with prying Eric Decker away from Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, and continues with the signing of former pro bowler Chris Johnson from Tennessee. The Johnson signing is an intriguing one, and a trademark move of Jets general manager John Idzik who is keen on acquiring a substantial number of low risk, high reward players.
The Jets won't be getting, nor should they be expecting another 2,000 yard season from Johnson, but he is far from washed up. Playing through a torn meniscus last season, Johnson still compiled over 1,000 yards, his sixth in a row, and averaged nearly four yards per carry.
Ego usually shows itself with a star player relegated to a supporting role, yet Johnson seems willing to accept his diminished stature with the Jets this season.
"I'm not coming in with too much of a concern about how the carries are going to be [distributed] or whatever like that," admitted the former Titans star. "It's a situation, from talking to Rex [Ryan], from talking to Marty [Mornhinweg], that they will put everybody in the best position to help the Jets win."
As for personal pride, Johnson says there is plenty of mileage left in his tank, and he is eager to prove doubters wrong who are predicting his stark decline this season.
"I know there (are) a lot of people out there that still believe in me, including the Jets, that's why they wanted to bring me in," noted Johnson. "But there are still a lot of people out there who say what they're going to say and feel how they want to feel, but I don't see how people can say some of things that they say when you have a guy that rushed for almost 1,100 yards with a torn meniscus."
Johnson says his knee is getting progressively healthier, and predicts he will be ready to resume football activities soon.
"I think my knee is getting better and better every day, I'm just continuing to rehab," mentioned Johnson. "I know I'm pretty close to just being able to just participate in football activities."
The former Titan says he wants to play for a winning franchise, and views the Jets as a team on the rise with an expanding offensive arsenal.
"They know how to win over there," said Johnson of Ryan and the Jets. "The type of team that they had last year, they had a great defense and any time you have a great defense, that automatically gives you a good chance at winning. So looking at the team, me going there means some more playmakers on offense." As for the most important reason why Johnson signed with the Jets, Johnson said it was head coach Rex Ryan.
"Basically just coming in and meeting with the coaches, and [seeing] the type of coaches [here]," said Johnson of his visit with the Jets. "Rex is an aggressive type of coach and I feel like I am an aggressive type of player. I like the type of style that Rex has."