Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) is interviewed by ESPN reporter Lisa Salters after the game against the New York Jets at LP Field. The Titans defeated the Jet 14-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Johnson not expected to be at OTAs


The New York Jets offense should be significantly better next season, as they will be better at every skill position after signing Eric Decker, drafting Jalen Saunders and Shaq Evans, adding Michael Vick as a backup, scooping up Chris Johnson, and getting another offseason of development from starting QB Geno Smith. If Chris Ivory can stay healthy, then the Jets should have a very good running back duo with him and CJ carrying the load, as Johnson never ran for less than 1,000 yards in a season during his six years for the Tennessee Titans. The Jets were able to sign him after the Titans released him, as they deemed his per-carry production (a career-low 3.9 last year) too average, especially when compared to his bloated price tag.

In fairness, Johnson did slog through a meniscus injury last season that he suffered in Week 3. According to ESPN New York’s Kieran Darcy CJ1K stated that the Jets will “probably” hold him out of OTAs. He’s still rehabbing his knee injury, and the Jets want to ease him back after John Idzik gave him a decent two-year, $8 million deal with $3 million guaranteed.

The Jets also signed Daryl Richardson this offseason after the St. Louis Rams made him a surprise cut, and they are expected to release the troubled Mike Goodson at some point this offseason after adding a younger RB with less concerns in D-Rich. Rex Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg should have a strong running game to work behind Geno, who also has explosive weapons in Decker, Saunders, and, hopefully, Jace Amaro at TE.

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