Johnson didn't have a rushing attempt and caught one of three targets for four yards in Sunday's 31-30 win over the Browns.
Analysis: Johnson was targeted out of the backfield three times in Week 2 after going without a touch in the Jets' season opener. As long as both Breece Hall and Michael Carter are healthy, Johnson will remain an afterthought on offense.
Sep 19, 2022 9:55 AM EST
Johnson rushed seven times for 15 yards in Sunday's 31-27 preseason win over the Giants.
Analysis: Johnson dealt with a hamstring injury in training camp and never quite got going this preseason. The 24-year-old running back seems to be definitively behind Breece Hall, Michael Carter and Tevin Coleman on the depth chart, but Johnson still has a chance to make the 53-man roster if the Jets opt to keep four running backs.
Aug 29, 2022 7:38 AM EST
Johnson (hamstring) rushed three times for eight yards and caught his only target for three yards in Monday's 24-16 preseason win over the Falcons.
Analysis: Johnson returned to game action after sitting out much of August with a hamstring injury. The injury was an ill-timed one for a player who's on the roster bubble, but Johnson will likely get more touches in Sunday's preseason finale against the Giants as he tries to earn a spot.
Aug 23, 2022 5:26 PM EST
Johnson (hamstring) was back at practice, Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Johnson was previously dealing with a hamstring injury but looks to be back at full strength. He should be available for the Jets' preseason game against the Falcons tonight, as he looks to secure a roster spot as part of a crowded RB room.
Aug 22, 2022 11:15 AM EST
Johnson is currently dealing with a hamstring injury, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: Johnson doesn't currently have a timetable for a return, but he's unlikely to return to the field this week. The 24-year-old was able to earn an increase in snaps last season, but the addition of Breece Hall in the first round of the 2022 Draft will threaten his role
Aug 3, 2022 11:17 AM EST
Johnson finished the 2021 season with 61 carries for 238 yards and two touchdowns. He added 34 catches for 372 yards and two touchdowns on 55 targets.
Analysis: Johnson handled himself adequately while bouncing up and down the depth chart in the Jets backfield. He's explosive with the ball in his hands but struggled with drops and a lack of awareness, with the low point of his season coming when the ball bounced off Johnson's back for an interception. The 24-year-old running back remains under contract with the Jets through next season, and Johnson is well positioned to make the team's roster in a change-of-pace role unless the Jets bolster their backfield depth in the offseason.
Jan 14, 2022 11:04 AM EST
Johnson rushed five times for 35 yards and a touchdown while catching three of four targets for 47 yards in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Michael Carter exited the game with a concussion in the first half, leaving Johnson and Austin Walter to split carries with Tevin Coleman on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Johnson had been used sparingly of late but made the most of the extra opportunities, giving the Jets a 24-10 lead with a one-yard touchdown plunge in the third quarter. It was all Buccaneers after that, though. Johnson's usage could decline in Week 18 against the Bills if Carter or Coleman suits up.
Jan 2, 2022 3:01 PM EST
Johnson is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.
Analysis: With Johnson a surprise scratch Sunday, the Jets' Week 15 backfield will be comprised of Michael Carter, Tevin Coleman and Austin Walter.
Dec 19, 2021 8:40 AM EST
Johnson rushed six times for 17 yards and caught four of seven targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 30-9 loss to New Orleans.
Analysis: The Jets were already without Michael Carter (ankle) and Tevin Coleman (concussion) coming in, and Austin Walter was ruled out due to an illness without playing a snap, leaving just Johnson and La'Mical Perine to share backfield snaps. Neither guy got much going on the ground, though Johnson finished as the second-leading receiver in the struggling Jets passing game. He should maintain a prominent role in Week 15 against Miami, though Johnson hasn't made much of his opportunities lately.
Dec 12, 2021 3:25 PM EST
Johnson could take on a larger role Sunday against the Saints, as Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports that Tevin Coleman (concussion) won't play.
Analysis: Johnson and Austin Walter will likely split reps in the backfield with Coleman joining Michael Carter (ankle) on the sidelines. The Jets have been reluctant to give Johnson much work on the ground, as he's logged more than six rushing attempts only once this season, but Johnson has caught at least five passes on three separate occasions.
Dec 10, 2021 10:07 AM EST
Johnson rushed once for one yard and caught two of four targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 33-18 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: Johnson hasn't capitalized on Michael Carter's (ankle) absence, having been out-touched 32-9 by Tevin Coleman over the past two weeks. Coleman will likely receive the lion's share of playing time in New York's backfield against the stout Saints front in Week 14, leaving Johnson in a change-of-pace role once again.
Dec 6, 2021 8:43 AM EST
Johnson rushed six times for 42 yards and failed to catch his only target in Sunday's 21-14 win over Houston.
Analysis: Johnson averaged an impressive 7.0 yards per carry but finished third on the team in attempts behind Tevin Coleman (16) and Austin Walter (nine). Walter was the only one of the three to score a touchdown, and it's apparent that Michael Carter's (ankle) absence won't translate to a leading role for Johnson. The lone ball thrown in Johnson's direction bounced off his back for an interception in the first quarter, so perhaps rookie quarterback Zach Wilson was loath to throw Johnson's way again.
Nov 28, 2021 6:11 PM EST
Johnson and Tevin Coleman are both expected to fill larger roles out of the Jets backfield beginning with Sunday's game against the Texans after lead back Michael Carter (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.
Analysis: Carter's injury isn't viewed as season-ending, and the Jets are seemingly optimistic that he'll be ready to play as soon as Week 15 against the Dolphins, after he sits out the required three games following his placement on IR. In any case, Carter's short-term absence paves the way for Johnson to pick up more work after he played no more than 43 percent of the Jets' offensive snaps in any of his seven appearances since maxing out at a 57-percent snap share Week 3 in Denver. Expect him to fill more of a heightened change-of-pace role alongside Coleman, who's a better candidate to handle early down work. That being said, the Jets' tendency to play from behind in games could prove more favorable for Johnson than Coleman.
Nov 28, 2021 9:11 AM EST
Johnson rushed once for five yards and caught his only target for eight yards in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Dolphins.
Analysis: Johnson was largely phased out of the offense as Michael Carter played a three-down role for most of the game, but Carter exited late with an ankle injury. If Carter's not ready to return in Week 12 against the Texans, Johnson would likely return to the prominent pass-catching role he's played in recent weeks, having posted five-plus receptions in three of the past five games.
Nov 21, 2021 1:52 PM EST
Johnson rushed twice for two yards and caught five of eight targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 45-17 loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: Johnson has become a consistent contributor in the Jets' passing attack, as he came into this game with a receiving touchdown in each of the previous two and now has at least five catches in three of the last four. Michael Carter remains the top option in New York's backfield, and the Jets welcomed Tevin Coleman back from a hamstring injury for this one, but Johnson's receiving ability makes him a player worth monitoring in fantasy, especially in PPR formats.
Nov 14, 2021 5:32 PM EST
Johnson rushed four times for 21 yards and secured two of three targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' 45-30 loss to the Colts on Thursday night.
Analysis: Johnson logged nine fewer carries than backfield mate Michael Carter, but he still made a fantasy impact with a 22-yard scoring grab late in the fourth quarter. Johnson now has receiving touchdowns in back-to-back games after notching just one in his first three seasons, but his typically modest rushing role keeps his overall value capped.
Nov 4, 2021 9:47 PM EST
Johnson rushed four times for 15 yards while catching five of six targets for 71 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: Michael Carter compiled 172 scrimmage yards and a touchdown while working as New York's primary backfield option, but Johnson also flourished when called upon, primarily in passing situations. He ignited New York's comeback by scoring the first of two Jets touchdowns in the final five minutes. Johnson was originally ruled out of bounds, but the Jets challenged the play and it was determined that Johnson successfully tiptoed the sideline for a 19-yard touchdown. With 11 catches over the past two weeks, Johnson should be on the PPR flex radar with the Jets set to kick off the Week 9 action Thursday against the Colts.
Oct 31, 2021 4:12 PM EST
Johnson (head) isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Johnson must've been cleared after exiting Sunday's loss to New England in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. He'll likely continue in his timeshare with Michael Carter this Sunday against the Bengals, while Tevin Coleman (hamstring) appears in danger of missing another game after a DNP on Wednesday.
Oct 27, 2021 1:38 PM EST
Johnson exited Sunday's game against the Patriots to be evaluated for a concussion.
Analysis: Johnson rushed five times for six yards and caught three of four targets for 40 yards before leaving the contest. Michael Carter should handle the bulk of the backfield work while he's being evaluated, while La'Mical Perine operates in a secondary role.
Oct 24, 2021 12:20 PM EST
Johnson recorded four rushes for 12 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. He added two receptions for 22 yards.
Analysis: Johnson split carries as the Jets' second back with Tevin Coleman and behind Michael Carter. His day was hardly noteworthy as a rusher, with his biggest contribution being a one-yard touchdown plunge early in the third quarter. On the other hand, he was more effective as a receiver by logging two 11-yard catches out of the backfield. The Jets continue to shift their work in the backfield to Carter and Johnson and away from Coleman, a trend that is likely to continue after the team's bye in Week 7 against New England.
Oct 10, 2021 1:41 PM EST
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