To be fair to Chris Johnson, the Tennessee Titans aren’t paying him for his blocking skills really. He makes the big bucks because he is an elusive back that can pull off some ridiculous runs.
Having been fair, now I’m going to be critical. Blocking is one of a running backs jobs. Sometimes he’s asked to stay back and help keep the QB from getting clobbered.
Needless to say, today’s article is taking a look at PFF’s “Three Years of Pass Blocking Efficiency: Running Backs” where Chris Johnson comes in as one of the worst back’s in the league, though the Vikings’ AP isn’t too far behind him.
|Rank||Name||Current Team||Pass Protects||Sacks||Hits||Hurries||Total Pressure||PBE|
|6||Chris D. Johnson||TEN||251||1||2||24||27||91.83|
|8||Adrian L. Peterson||MIN||212||3||6||12||21||92.22|
As you can see from the list, he was asked more than any of the other running backs to stay back in protection. He’s also the only feature back back up by those top five and one of only three up there (unless you want to count Beanie. That’d make four).
There’s no denying CJ needs to improve in that area. This offseason he has added some muscle and has been with the team for all the workouts. Hopefully we see a better CJ this year, not only in terms of blocking but also in running.
Last year left us all with a lot of questions about him. You know he’s planning on answering them. I’m just curious to see if the answer we get is the one he wants to give.
I sure hope so.
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