Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coch Rex Ryan suggests that Johnson's role with the Jets has yet to be determined, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: While Ryan is enthusiastic about the team's depth at running back, with Johnson, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Mike Goodson (for now) in the fold, he notes that the distribution of carries has yet to be plotted out. "Nothing was ever promised that, 'You're going to get X amount of carries,'" Ryan indicated. "We're going to have to compete for roles. No role has been determined for anybody on this football team." With that in mind, a continuing theme in our evaluation of Johnson in his new uniform is that he's unlikely to match the workload he saw during his tenure with the Titans.
Geno Smith - #7 - Quarterback - 6'3" - 221lbs
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though the Jets added Michael Vick in free agency, Smith still believes that he'll emerge as the team's starting QB this season, the Daily News reports.
Impact: It's an outcome that ESPN's Rich Cimini suggests is quite plausible, but there's little doubt that Smith and Vick will compete for the job in the coming months, presumably under a media microscope. Cimini suggests that "all things being equal," he sees Smith getting the job, but things could change on that front, if Vick has a strong preseason.
News: Johnson, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery back in January to repair a meniscus tear, indicated Thursday that there are no signs of arthritis in his knee, the Daily News reports. "No, that's not accurate," said Johnson, who signed with the Jets on Wednesday. "I'm pretty sure if they had major concerns of my knee or whatever, pretty sure I wouldn't have passed the physical."
Impact: It remains to be seen how much Johnson -- who has not missed a game over his last five seasons -- will be able to do once the Jets' offseason program gets going, but in any case, the running back doesn't believe that his knee will be an issue come training camp. "Once offseason workouts start, I'm ready to get in there with the trainers of the Jets and we'll see where I'm at and go from there," Johnson noted Thursday.
Muhammad Wilkerson - #96 - Defensive End - 6'4" - 315lbs
News: The Jets have exercised the fifth-year option on Wilkerson's rookie contract at $6.969 million, the NY Daily News reports.
Impact: The fifth-year option is a tough decision in some cases, but it's an obvious choice when you nail a first-round pick to this degree. As one of the better interior defensive linemen in the NFL, Wilkerson is worth far more than the option would pay him. In all likelihood, he and the Jets will agree to a multi-year extension either this offseason (most likely) or next. Wilkerson, along with Houston's J.J. Watt and perhaps a couple others, is one of the few 3-4 linemen who warrants IDP consideration outside of the deepest of leagues.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Johnson has no concerns about whether his surgically repaired knee will be healthy in time for training camp or how the New York Jets will split carries in their backfield. The former 2,000-yard rusher said Thursday during a conference call that his left knee is "getting better and better" every day and says he's "pretty close" after having a torn meniscus repaired after last season. He added that a report suggesting he has arthritis in the knee is "not accurate.".
Impact: Johnson was signed Wednesday by the Jets after he was released by the Tennessee Titans on April 7. After balking at splitting carries last season, Johnson says this year "is about winning," and sharing the workload with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell isn't an issue.
News: While ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests that the Jets have some concerns about the condition of Johnson's knee, said concerns were evidently not serious enough to deter the team from inking the running back to a two-year deal.
Impact: While Schefter's report suggests that Johnson (who is bouncing back from a January procedure to address a meniscus issue) has some arthritis in his knee, it must be pointed out that the 28-year-old back has played in all 16 games five seasons in a row. In any case, with Chris Ivory in the Jets' backfield and Bilal Powell on hand as well, it's reasonable to expect Johnson's workload (he had 279 carries in 2013) to take a hit this season, though he was presumably added to the mix for his big-play potential and thus figures to see his share of touches, even if the Jets employ an Ivory (power) and Johnson (speed) combo in 2014.
Bilal Powell - #29 - Running back - 5'10" - 204lbs
News: The addition of Chris Johnson would appear to bump Powell down a notch on the Jets' RB depth chart, the Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: Following the signing of Johnson, most of the fantasy buzz centers around the prospects of the Jets rolling primarily with with a backfield combo of Johnson and Chris Ivory this coming season. In such a scenario, Powell would serve in a depth capacity, with renewed fantasy relevance in 2014 an injury away.
Chris Ivory - #33 - Running back - 6'0" - 222lbs
News: The Jets plan to use newcomer Chris Johnson in tandem with Ivory this coming season, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Meanwhile, the addition of Johnson bumps Bilal Powell down a notch on the team's depth chart. When both Ivory and Johnson are healthy, they project as a capable one-two combo out of the Jets' backfield, with Ivory slotting in as a power back, thanks to his tackle-breaking ability and Johnson working more as a speed back and pass-catcher out of the backfield. In any case, while the addition of Johnson should help spark the Jets' ground game this coming season, Ivory's fantasy value takes a hit as a result of the move.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (knee) has signed a two-year deal with the Jets, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The base value of his deal is reportedly $8 million.
Impact: While it figures to be difficult for Johnson to see as many carries (279) as he did last season en route to recording 1,077 rushing yards for the Titans, he makes for a nice complement to Chris Ivory, who emerged as the Jets' busiest back down the stretch last season. Moreover, Johnson's ability as a pass-catcher figures to boost the team's backfield -- which also rosters Bilal Powell -- while his durability (he's suited up for all 16 games in his last five seasons) is also a plus, given Ivory's injury history.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | STATS
News: The New York Jets and former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson have agreed to terms on a deal. Johnson met with the Jets all day Tuesday and stayed in town to watch the Knicks-Nets game in Brooklyn Tuesday night before signing Wednesday. The team announced the move, but didn't release terms.
Impact: Johnson was officially released by the Titans on April 7, three days after being told by the team of its decision. The former 2,000-yard rusher will team with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to give coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg a versatile and deep backfield. Johnson, who turns 29 in September, is only the sixth player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons.
Mike Goodson - #23 - Running back - 6'0" - 210lbs
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: ESPN's Rich Cimini suggest that Goodson (knee) could be the odd man out in the Jets' backfield, now that Chris Johnson has joined the team.
Impact: With Johnson slated to work in tandem with Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell still around, Cimini suggests that Goodson -- who landed on IR with a torn ACL/MCL last October -- is probably "on thin ice" with the Jets as the 2014 campaign approaches.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | STATS
News: A person familiar with the situation says that Johnson is visiting the New York Jets, who are looking to add a playmaker to their backfield.
Impact: Johnson was released by the Titans last Monday. The former 2,000-yard rusher is meeting with the team at its facility Tuesday, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Jets don't make player visits public. The Jets would like Johnson to team with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to form a potentially potent trio. Johnson, who turns 29 in September, is only the sixth player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (knee) is slated to visit the Jets on Tuesday, the Daily News reports.
Impact: The report suggests that the Jets are one of three teams interested in signing Johnson, who was recently released by the Titans. If he ends up joining the Jets' backfield, he'd be a nice complement to Chris Ivory, but in such a scenario it's hard to imagine Johnson seeing as many carries (279) as he did last season en route to recording 1,077 rushing yards.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | STATS
News: The Tennessee Titans have told Johnson they are releasing him after six seasons to avoid paying $8 million the running back is due in 2014, and the final three seasons left on the $53.5 million contract he signed in September 2011.
Impact: The Titans announced Johnson has been told he will be released Friday. The decision comes before they start their offseason program Monday with new coach Ken Whisenhunt. Johnson has the most touchdown runs of 80 yards or longer in NFL history with six - twice the total of anyone else in a group including Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders and O.J. Simpson. He also has 12 career TD runs of at least 45 yards, trailing only Sanders (18) and Jim Brown (13) in that category.