More than a week after being released by the Tennessee Titans, Chris Johnson has signed a 2-year contract with the New York Jets. Johnson will join a backfield that already features Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. The move gives the Jets even more offensive firepower for the 2014 season. In addition to Johnson, the Jets have also added wide receiver Eric Decker and quarterback Michael Vick.
Johnson is looking for a fresh start after posting one of the worst seasons of his career. Last year Johnson averaged a career-low 3.9 ypc and barely exceeded a 1,000 yards rushing. It will be interesting to see how the Jets use Johnson and Ivory in the backfield. Johnson has averaged around 42 receptions for his career, while Ivory is rarely used in the passing game. Johnson should be the starter in New York and should see all of the work on early downs. He will also be the third down back in passing situations.
Fantasy Impact: Johnson can no longer be considered a top 15 fantasy running back. He will be in a full time share situation with Chris Ivory and that is going to limit his fantasy potential. My expectations are for Johnson to get around 160 carries. If he can get back to averaging over 4 yards per carry, he would project to finish with around 700 yards for the season. His value is hurt by the fact that Ivory will be used in the redzone. Johnson’s fantasy value would increase if the injury-prone Ivory gets dinged up this season. Johnson will have 1 or 2 great games, but he shouldn’t be viewed more than a RB3 on draft day.