Jets RB Chris Johnson lining up at WR in camp


Jets RB Chris Johnson lining up at WR in camp

The New York Post, a publication that never passes up an opportunity for a cheeky headline, put it perfectly:
That was atop Brian Costello's article about Johnson's first camp practice as a Jet on Thursday. Costello wrote that the most interesting aspect of Johnson's day was how often the Jets positioned him as a wide receiver.
"They put him in motion and flexed him out as a wide receiver quite a few times, perhaps showing one of their plans for him," Costello said of Johnson.
Wide receiver David Nelson @DavidNelson86 can definitely see the positives that come with moving Johnson to the perimeter and how much more difficult it makes the defense's task.
"When you see Chris Johnson @ChrisJohnson28 in the flat, they're going to have to be mindful of that," Nelson said. "They're going to have to jump to that. When they do that, it opens up a lot of spaces and a lot of spots in the middle of the field. If they don't, he's going to take it to the house. It opens up a whole different dimension for us, especially in the passing game."

Fantasy Analysis:

Johnson said he felt no pain in the knee that was scoped during the offseason. Credit to the Jets for doing this with him. We always heard about how the Titans wanted to get him more involved as a receiver, but it never really happened as frequently as most imagined. Hopefully the Jets aren't just leading us on.
Swinging the ball out to Johnson will somewhat make up for the carries he's bound to lose to Chris Ivory @ivory33. Bilal Powell will also be involved, no matter what Johnson thinks.
Johnson may not have 4.24 speed these days, but he would still be a nightmare for linebackers to cover. And quarterback Geno Smith @GenoSmith_12 would love to have him as a safety valve. The timeshare means CJ?K is a low-end RB2 in standard leagues. Maybe the timeshare will also make him a bit of a bargain in PPRs.

Brian Costello via New York Post

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