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Chris Johnson

28-Year-Old Running Back – New York Jets

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After six years of sometimes-elite and sometimes-uninspiring play with the Titans, Johnson has moved on to his second NFL franchise. Owner of the fastest 40 time (4.24) and sixth-best rushing season (...

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2014 ADP:  69.36

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Bye Week:  11

STATUS:  Probable     INJURY:  Ankle      SAT PRACTICE:   Full
HT: 5' 11"   WT: 203   DOB: 9/23/1985
College: East Carolina  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract


Chris Johnson Contract Information:

Signed a two-year deal with the Jets in April of 2014, with a base value of $8 million.

September 20, 2014  –  Chris Johnson News

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Johnson (ankle) is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Bears, reports.

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Chris Johnson NFL Stats
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  Rushing Rush Distance Big Rush Games Receiving Kick Ret Punt Ret Fumbles
Year Age Team G Att Yards TD Avg 20+ 40+ 100+ 150+ 200+ Rec Yards Avg TD Tar Yds TD Yds TD Tot Lost
2008 22 15 251 1228 9 4.9 - - - - - 43 260 6.0 1 62 - - - - - -
2009 23 16 358 2006 14 5.6 22 7 - - - 50 503 10.1 2 67 - - - - - -
2010 24 Ten 16 316 1364 11 4.3 13 4 8 0 0 44 245 5.6 1 57 0 0 0 0 3 2
2011 25 Ten 16 262 1047 4 4.0 11 1 4 2 0 57 418 7.3 0 79 0 0 0 0 3 1
2012 26 Ten 16 276 1243 6 4.5 8 3 5 1 0 36 232 6.4 0 49 0 0 0 0 5 4
2013 27 Ten 16 279 1077 6 3.9 4 0 0 0 0 42 345 8.2 4 52 0 0 0 0 3 2
2014 28 NYJ 2 25 89 0 3.6 0 0 0 0 0 6 23 3.8 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Chris Johnson Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Rushing Stats Red Zone Runs Receiving Stats Red Zone Targets
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Att/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5 Rec/G Yds/G YPT In20 In10 In5
2008 22 15 13.9 16.8 15.4 17 82 29 - - 3 17 4.2 10 - -
2009 23 16 21.7 24.8 23.2 22 125 36 22 12 3 31 7.5 5 2 0
2010 24 Ten 16 14.6 17.3 15.9 20 85 51 24 19 3 15 4.3 4 1 0
2011 25 Ten 16 10.7 14.2 12.4 16 65 18 9 6 4 26 5.3 5 2 1
2012 26 Ten 16 11.5 13.7 12.6 17 78 27 9 4 2 15 4.7 1 0 0
2013 27 Ten 16 12.6 15.3 14.0 17 67 32 7 1 3 22 6.6 6 2 1
2014 28 NYJ 2 8.6 11.6 10.1 13 45 2 1 1 3 12 2.6 1 1 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Chris Johnson – Playing Time Overview

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#2 Running Back
  1. Chris Ivory
  2. Chris Johnson
  3. Bilal Powell
New York Jets

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Offensive Snaps in 2014

Chris Johnson was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on offense in 2014.


Special Teams Snaps in 2014

Chris Johnson was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2014.

Year Off ST
2012 815 0
2013 749 0
2014 0 0
Chris Johnson 2014 Game Log
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  Snap Count Rushing Rush Distance Receiving Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret Red Zone Runs Red Zone Targets
Week Opp Off ST Att Yards TD Avg 20+ 40+ Rec Yards Avg TD Tar Tot Lost Yds TD Yds TD In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5
1 Oak 0 0 13 68 0 5.2 0 0 5 23 4.6 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0
2 @GB 0 0 12 21 0 1.8 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
3 Chi
4 Det
5 @SD
6 Den
7 @NE
8 Buf
9 @KC
10 Pit
11 BYE Bye Week
12 @Buf
13 Mia
14 @Min
15 @Ten
16 NE
17 @Mia

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Chris Johnson  (View College Stats & News)
As Compared To Other Running Backs
Height:   5' 11"
Weight:   203 lbs
40-Yard Dash:   4.24 sec
Shuttle Time
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Arm Length
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Hand Length
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Vertical Jump:   35 in
Broad Jump:   130 in
Bench Press
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Chris Johnson: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Johnson (ankle) was limited at practice Friday, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

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Johnson (ankle) was limited at Thursday's practice, reports.

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Johnson struggled in Sunday's loss at Green Bay, rushing 12 times for 21 yards. He also had one catch for no gain.

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Johnson had 13 carries for 68 rushing yards and five catches on five targets for 23 receiving yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Raiders.

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Johnson expects to start Sunday against Oakland, though the Jets still list three players (Johnson, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell) atop the depth chart, ESPN New York reports.

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With Chris Ivory (ribs) not playing, Johnson finished Saturday's preseason game against the Bengals with 63 yards on 10 carries and one yard on two receptions.

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Johnson blames his 2013 struggles on Tennessee's predictable play-calling, something he doesn't see as a problem with the Jets, according to

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Johnson had four carries for two yards and a touchdown and two receptions for 16 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Colts.

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Johnson rebounded somewhat from a disappointing 2011 season in 2012, but he still had seven games last year in which he rushed for fewer than 60 yards and failed to score. And were it not for three touchdown runs of 80-plus yards he would have averaged less than 4.0 YPC. That said, four of the six "dud" weeks were in the first five weeks of the year, so Johnson improved as the season went on. Moreover, the additions of guards Andy Levitre in free agency and behemoth Chance Warmack in the draft should significantly improve one of the worst run-blocking lines in the NFL. The signing of two-time 1,000-yard back Shonn Greene could mean Johnson loses valuable carries at the goal line, but it's hard to see Greene greatly reducing Johnson's overall workload, given Johnson's vastly greater talent and track record of durability. Johnson can also help in the passing game, though last year's 36 receptions were the fewest of his career.


Johnson was considered a bust last year, and while that may seem harsh after he totaled 1,463 yards, he scored just four touchdowns and finished below 4.0 YPC, easily a career low. In fact, Johnsonís 2.1 YPC after contact tied for 58th in the NFL, and he saw just six goal-line carries, while 25 other backs were given more. Part of the problem was Tennesseeís continuing decline in run blocking, but thereís no doubt Johnson showed up after his holdout a different player, notably lacking explosiveness and unable to make defenders miss on his own. Still, the low TD total was what really killed his value, something that was largely out of his control. With the exciting Jake Locker, who got 8.2 YPA during his rookie season, possibly taking over at QB combined with the likely return of Kenny Britt, an emerging superstar before suffering a knee injury last year, this offense has upside, especially with Jared Cook looking like a breakout candidate at tight end and the team spending a first-round pick on WR Kendall Wright. Johnson is still just 26 years old with a modest career workload and participated in the teamís offseason program for the first time since his 2,006-yard season. After coming off a year in which he took a lot of criticism, he should be motivated for a big rebound in 2012.


After totaling an NFL-record 2,509 yards from scrimmage in 2009, Johnson came back to earth last year with 1,609 total yards and five fewer touchdowns. There were two main culprits at play: Tennessee went from a pretty good run blocking unit in 2009 to quite possibly the worst in the NFL last season, and Johnson played through a painful thigh injury over a six-game stretch. Both contributed to his YPC dropping from 5.6 all the way to 4.3. Johnson isnít the best goal-line runner (5-for-15 last year), but he remains one of the most explosive backs in the league, as his 13 carries for 20-plus yards tied for the second-most in the NFL. Heís also clearly the Titansí offensive centerpiece despite the addition of Matt Hasselbeck as the team's starting quarterback. Hasselbeck is solid, but has an injury history and the team's backup is rookie Jake Locker. While the shaky QB situation is hardly ideal, itís also something Johnson has dealt with throughout his career in Tennessee, and the teamís offensive line can go nowhere but up. Moreover, wide receiver Kenny Britt is emerging as a legitimate superstar, so opposing defenses canít entirely focus on stopping Johnson.


Johnson was fantasy footballís most valuable player in 2009, setting an NFL-record with 2,509 yards from scrimmage. He led the league in carries (358) and became just the sixth RB in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 yards rushing. Johnson also finished with 16 total touchdowns, which tied him for the second-most in the NFL. He is a shifty runner, whose 61 broken tackles last year led the league, and his 22 runs for 20-plus yards were 10 more than the next highest (Adrian Peterson), so Johnsonís combination of speed and strength is impressive. In fact, the three longest runs in the league last year were all by him (91, 89, 85). Heís proven plenty durable, showing no signs of slowing down while averaging 26.3 rushing attempts over the final 10 weeks, which is a season pace of 421 carries. Still, thatís a heavy workload (he totaled 408 touches on the year) for a back whoís 5-11, 200, and coach Jeff Fisher has stated his desire to lessen Johnsonís mileage in 2010. Johnson ended last season with 11 straight 100-yard rushing games, and 10 of those came after Vince Young took over starting quarterback duties. Young enters 2010 as the unquestioned starter, so while Johnson may see a decrease in carries, the Titansí offensive philosophy should remain ground-heavy. Johnsonís role as goal-line back should remain secure with LenDale White gone, and considering 18 other running backs had as many or more goalline carries than Johnson last season, more touchdowns could be in store. In fact, only five of Johnsonís 16 scores came from in close, so more easy opportunities would be nice. Thereís some concern over his unhappiness with his contract, and a hold out in training camp canít be ruled out, but Johnson has proven before that heís just fine while working out by himself away from the team, so come Week 1, expect the most explosive player in the league to once again be the focal point of the Titans offense.


As a rookie, Johnson fast established himself as one of the best backs in the league, totaling 1,488 yards with 10 touchdowns despite finishing outside the top-10 in carries. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry, including 6.2 over his final four games, while exhibiting good skills as a receiver. Johnson also received 20 carries in a game just one time, though itís clear the Titans know heís the teamís best offensive player by far, so expect that to change in 2009. Johnson possesses elite speed but is also tough enough to run between the tackles. Elusive in the open field with terrific cutting ability, heís only likely to get better with experience. His one drawback is LenDale Whiteís presence, as Johnson saw just four goal-line carries to Whiteís 21 last season. Because White converted 12 of those into scores, heíll likely remain the No. 1 option from in close. Still, Johnson found the end zone 10 times anyway, and like Brian Westbrook has done for years, heís capable of scoring double-digit touchdowns despite the lack of goal-line work. White averaged just 3.6 YPC over the second half of last year and offers nothing in the passing game, so Johnson is going to take the majority of Tennesseeís carries between the 20s. Despite the loss of Albert Haynesworth, the Titans should once again field one of the NFLís best defenses, and the offensive line is stout as well. The first-round selection of wide receiver Kenny Britt and the free-agent acquisition of Nate Washington could improve the passing game, but this will remain a run-heavy scheme. Johnson is a special talent, more likely to be ranked No. 1 overall next year than to disappoint.


Johnson ran a 4.24 40 at the combine, the fastest of any player. The Titans will have to hope he's not just a workout wonder like last yearís draft pick, Chris Henry, who appears to be a bust. Tennessee has selected a running back in the top two rounds of the draft for three straight years, so the team clearly wants increased production from the position. Coach Jeff Fisher believes Johnson is more than just a track star, because he's able to change direction and has lateral quickness, not just straight-ahead speed. Offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger plans on using him all over the field, including lining him up out wide to take advantage of his skills as a receiver. Still, heís more of a third-down back than a workhorse.