CORTLAND, N.Y. -- We're only five practices into training camp, a little too early to make bold proclamations ... oh, wait, the New York Jets apparently didn't get the memo. OK, forget about that stuff for now; this is about Chris Johnson, who indicated Tuesday that he hasn't felt this good in about a year.
The former Tennessee Titans running back tore the meniscus in his right knee last season in Week 3, and it bothered him for the rest of the year.
"In practice, I wasn't able to do any lateral moves," Johnson said. "(Now), I've been able to do lateral moves and stuff like that with no problem. I feel good."
Those are three very important words: I feel good. If Johnson is saying the same thing in December, the Jets should be in good shape. A healthy CK2k will do wonders for the offense, which desperately needs a breakaway threat.
Johnson underwent arthroscopic surgery in January and sat out the entire offseason, building up his knee for camp. So far, so good. Rex Ryan, of course, expects big things out of the former 2,000-yard rusher. Asked why he's confident, Ryan said:
"Well, the whiplash that I got from watching him run 92 yards against me; (that's) one reason. You watch it on tape. Now, did we see the 2,000-yard guy? Maybe not, but I know one thing: He's still pretty darn effective. That was kind of the guy we saw. He still went for more than 1,000 yards last year."
Yes, he did -- 1,077 yards, to be precise. But it was a career low, as was his average per carry (3.9). Nevertheless, the Jets signed him to a tw0-year, $8 million contract.
Oh, by the way, that 92-yard run in 2012? It was actually 94 yards. Sorry, Rex.