Tennessee Titans’ Chris Johnson Bulks Up

Jan 1, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) prepares for a game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

One of CBS’s Rapid Reports yesterday reported that the Tennessee Titans’ RB Chris Johnson has

Added work in the weight room and a stricter diet enabled RB Chris Johnson to add eight to nine pounds of muscle since the season ended. “I started working a month earlier this year in the offseason,” Johnson, who is up to 197 pounds, said. “It’s a situation where I wanted to be heavier.”

Johnson has always looked small on the field, though he’s a decent sized running back. On one side, it’s always good that weight put on is muscle, but on the other side, this last year people criticized CJ for being slower than past years and not making cuts, amongst other things.

I for one, did not think he was slower or less agile, but that’s just me. And I feel pretty alone on my island.

With this added weight, will Johnson be able to keep the speed that made him CJ2K? With the added weight and there already being questions about his speed, you have to be curious if he’s still got the burn.

He has been attending the offseason workouts as a stipulation of his new contract. He’s also always been one to take care of his body.

As with everything else, we’ve just gotta wait to see him on the field.

 

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Topics: AFC South, Chris Johnson, NFL, Tennessee Titans, Titan Sized

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  • dragak1981

    Added muscle mass will not necessarily make him slower…if it was useless fat mass it would. The increase in muscle mass should actually lead to an increase in explosiveness and speed, especially if he gained mass and strength in his legs.  The key aspect to speed is not necessarily how fast you can move your legs but your ability to generate force against the ground.  More muscle should mean CJ is able to generate more force against the ground when he runs. 
     
    I also did not think that CJ was that much slower than previous years.  On his touchdown run against the Bills that he broke off, you can see him even with defenders and then accelerate and pull away.  So the speed is still there.  I think last year was more a case of him lacking confidence in the O-line, lack of effort on his part, and not using his shiftiness and making people miss.  Also, how many times did he get simply tackled in the backfield by one or two defenders immediately after he was handed the ball. 
     
     

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

     @dragak1981 Agreed. I lay 90% of his issues this past season on the offensive line. I’ve written a few articles about it. Hard to make yards if you’re constantly hit behind the line of scrimmage.

  • dragak1981

     I agree 110%.  In the games where he got decent blocking CJ performed well.   I think he probably was not in football shape and looked hesitant when it came to contact (maybe he had an injury we don’t know about), but when there are no holes to run through what is he going to do?  I also think that they need to develop a little better imagination in the run game that they lacked last year that was there under Dinger.  With Locker, you could run that little option that VY and CJ used so effectively.  Also some pitches or change of directions…Just some ideas.