New York Jets running back Chris Johnson said he's "frustrated" with his reduced role on the team as well as the Jets' 1-7 record.
Johnson only received three carries for seven yards in New York's home loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. In four of the last five games, Johnson has had seven carries or less.
The running back, who was acquired in free agency this offseason, made it clear that he's unhappy with his role on the Jets' offense.
“Of course I’m frustrated,” Johnson told The Post on Wednesday. “On top of having a limited role, not playing as much as I want to play and then on top of that we’re 1-7. It’s frustrating.”
The Jets have lost their last seven games. New York's only win came Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, who have failed to win a game this season.
Johnson has officially started eight games for the Jets this season, but he has only rushed for 268 yards and one touchdown so far this year. The seventh-year pro rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his six years with the Tennessee Titans, including a 2,006-yard season in 2009.
From The New York Post:
“I don’t want to be a distraction in the locker room,” Johnson said. “This situation, I’m pretty sure just like I see it, everybody else sees it. I don’t want to be labeled as one of those guys who start controversy or start problems.”
Chris Ivory has emerged as the Jets' leading rusher as Johnson's role has declined. Ivory has 475 rushing yards and five touchdowns so far this season.
New York is ranked No. 4 in the league in terms of rushing offense so far this season with 140 rush yards per game.
- Stanley Kay