Breno Giacomini: Why can't Chris Johnson be a 2,000-yard back again?

Friday July 18th, 2014

New York Jets running back Chris Johnson did not take part in most of the New York Jets' organized team activities after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, but he is expected to fully participate in team’s training camp practices.

Darryl Slater of The Star Ledger spoke to the Jets’ new right tackle, Breno Giacomini, who said he liked what he saw of Johnson during the limited OTAs.

From The Star Ledger:

“I think, from what I saw in OTAs just on the side there, he’s looking good," Giacomini said.

"I expect a lot from him. I want him to be one of the best backs in the league. I’ve kind of had that privilege, I guess, from the past four years (of blocking for an elite back, Lynch). It’s something I take pride in, and I don’t really want to give that away, just because I’m on a different team. And they acquired a back (Johnson) that can be that. He’s been a 2,000-yard back before, so why not again?”

Johnson ran for 2,006 yards in 2009 on 358 carries.

But the next season, Johnson's yardage total fell to 1,364. He has yet to top 1,250 yards again. Last season, Johnson ran for 1,077 yards on 279 carries with the Titans.

Johnson is expected to split carries this season with Chris Ivory.

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