Titans fans everywhere (save a few) rejoiced when the Titans ponied up and paid Chris Johnson the jaw-dropping contract he desired. The Titans financially locked up the center of their franchise. Johnson entered the 2011 season as arguably the best running back in the league. It’s safe to say big things were expected, and still are.
After two games, Johnson’s numbers read 33 carries for 77 yards for a 2.3 average yards per carry along with zero touchdowns. In the receiving department, Johnson caught 9 balls for 37 yards, a 4.1 average. It’s easy to look at these numbers and preach that the end of the world (for CJ2K) waits just around the next corner, however I do implore you to keep a few things in mind.
1. Johnson’s body is not in ‘football shape’. He needs a few more weeks to be at tip-top shape.
2. The offensive line has not done anything impressive in the run-blocking department.
3. The current starting fullback, Quinn Johnson, hasn’t been with the team more than a few weeks.
4. The passing game seems to be rolling, this will pull a safety back and open up the running lanes.
5. The Ravens are outstanding at stopping the run, the Jaguars could be. We don’t know yet.
Johnson hasn’t justified the money so far–not even close, but the holdout and the lockout did combine to have a layover effect on Johnson.
Bottom line–let’s be patient before calling ‘doom and gloom’ on Chris Johnson. He’s still explosive. The special delivery just hasn’t been delivered yet.