Singles don’t win in the National Football League. You need pop in your offensive lineup and the Jets got some more of that today with the free agent acquisition of the explosive
The Jets managed to register eight victories while scoring 18.1 points a game in 2013. Only the 4-12 Jaguars (247), the 2-14 Texans (276) and the 4-12 Buccaneers (288) scored less than the Green & White (290).
John Idzik needed to get Marty Mornhinweg more weapons and he has done just that, getting a proven receiver on the outside in
Last season, the Jets finished sixth in rushing (134.9 yards per game) and tied for ninth in yards per carry (4.4). They achieved those numbers despite teams stacking up to neutralize the ground attack as the Jets had the NFL’s 31st ranked pass offense (183.2 ypg). Already having improved the pass offense with Decker, the Jets gave the backfield a turbo boost with Johnson.
Without a “speedster” at RB in 2013, the Jets finished sixth in the league with 14 carries of 20 yards. Now enter Johnson, who has totaled 68 carries of 20 yards in his six-year career while topping out with 22 in that memorable 2,006-yard campaign of 2009. Critics will point to Johnson’s 3.9-yard average last season, but CJ2K has averaged 4.6 yards a clip throughout his career.
A change of scenery should benefit Johnson and one of the strengths of this Jets team is its line play. The only change up front is
Johnson adds to an already talented backfield.
The Jets were 7-1 when they scored 20 points in 2013. Johnson, whose 4.24 sprint at the NFL Combine in 2008 remains the fastest 40 time in NFL history, is 28 years old and has never rushed for less than 1,000 yards in an NFL season. He still carries a big bat and when he swings for the fences in 2014 — he’ll be wearing green & white.