The Jets are confident running back Chris Johnson will have a positive impact on the team in his first year in New York.
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is taking it a step further, saying in an ESPN report from Rich Cimini that the 28-year-old three-time Pro Bowler is "a first-ballot Hall of Famer."
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Since 2008, Johnson has 12 rushes of 50-plus yards, second only to the Vikings' Adrian Peterson, who has 17. For a career, Johnson has 7,965 rushing yards. He said in a New York Daily News report in June that he thinks he's still capable of another 2,000 yard season. In 2009 with the Tennessee Titans, he had 2,006 rushing yards and 2,509 total yards.
Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin also sang Johnson's praise. According to Martin, Jim Brown, Barry Sanders and Adrian Peterson are his top three running backs in NFL history, Cimini reported. Johnson has the opportunity to crack the top three, Martin said in the report:
"I'll say this: He has as much talent as anyone in the league."