After spending his first six NFL seasons with the Titans, running back Chris Johnson was ready for a change. The Titans, of course, forced him into accepting change by cutting him during the offseason. The Jets signed Johnson, who said Thursday that he is looking forward to winning with the Jets – and to showing the Titans they made a mistake by releasing him. “It’s just a situation where I want to come in here and win,” he said. “I think I needed a fresh start, being with Tennessee for so long. Sometimes, a fresh start is good for players, so I feel like that’s something that I needed. Any time a player gets released from a team that he’s been with so long, he always wants to go out there and prove that team wrong for letting him go. It’s something else to put a chip on your shoulder and help you work hard, and extra motivation.” Johnson is already anticipating the Jets’ Dec. 14 game at the Titans. “Most definitely, I can’t wait for that game,” he said. During Johnson’s six seasons with the Titans, they only made the playoffs in his rookie year. He still ran for 1,077 yards last season, so it wasn’t like he showed he could no longer help the Titans. But his 3.9 yards per carry were a career low. Moreover, the Titans saved $6 million in salary cap space by cutting him. The Jets improved their offense in the offseason, adding Eric Decker (the top free agent receiver available), as they try to end a three-year playoff drought in 2014. Johnson’s perception of the Jets as a potential contender is one thing that attracted him to the team during free agency. “I think it’s a situation where I think this team (the Jets) is right on the edge of winning and making the playoffs,” Johnson said. “After being in the league for six years and only going to the playoffs once, that’s something that a guy of my caliber would look toward – winning and playing in late December and January, and hopefully trying to make it to the big game.”
Chris Johnson on Jets-Titans matchup: 'I can't wait for that game'
Newark Star-Ledger | May 23