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Johnson rushed four times for 15 yards and caught one of three targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 19-14 loss to the Panthers.
Analysis: Johnson whiffed on a pass-blocking assignment early and also caused a delay of game penalty by taking the field late with the punt team, which is unlikely to earn him any favors in the three-man rotation with Tevin Coleman and Michael Carter. On the other hand, Johnson was also the primary running back when the Jets' offense finally started to find success in the second half, even though Johnson himself didn't play a major role in that success. All three Jets running backs got between five and nine touches and will likely continue to rotate in Week 2 against the Patriots.
Sep 12, 2021 3:15 PM EST
Rich Cimini of ESPN.com believes Johnson will open the season as one of the Jets' top two running backs alongside Tevin Coleman.
Analysis: Johnson has solidified a prominent role in the Jets' backfield with a strong camp. New York's expected to use a committee approach including Johnson and Coleman, as well as fourth-round picks from the past two drafts in Michael Carter and La'Mical Perine. Coleman's probably first in line for touches, but Johnson has shown effectiveness as both a rusher and a pass-catcher, making him an option in virtually all situations.
Aug 30, 2021 9:45 AM EST
Johnson carried the ball 13 times for 53 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for 18 yards in Friday's preseason tie against the Eagles.
Analysis: With Tevin Coleman held out of the preseason finale and La'Mical Perine (foot) banged up, Johnson and rookie Michael Carter split snaps in the backfield with the first-team offense. It was Johnson was saw the bigger workload and made the bigger impact though, and he found the end zone on a three-yard run for the final play of the third quarter. The 23-year-old seems likely to begin the season in the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, but all four backs could wind up featuring prominently in what looks like a true backfield committee.
Aug 28, 2021 5:26 AM EST
Johnson gained 22 yards on six carries in Saturday's preseason win over the Packers.
Analysis: The third-year player essentially served as the Jets' No. 2 RB, as he split the backfield in the first half with Tevin Coleman before turning things over to rookie Michael Carter and La'Mical Perine after the break. That would seem to give Johnson a secure spot on the 53-man roster, but he could have a hard time generating any fantasy value, as Coleman and Carter seem like better bets to earn a significant workload.
Aug 21, 2021 7:44 PM EST
Johnson is the No. 3 running back on the Jets' initial unofficial depth chart.
Analysis: Johnson's behind Tevin Coleman and La'Mical Perine but surprisingly ahead of rookie fourth-round pick Michael Carter. All indications out of camp suggest that Carter's impressing the coaching staff and will likely climb before long, so this is far from an ideal early placement for Johnson, who entered camp as part of an open competition for lead back duties. There's still plenty of time for this order to get shaken up as the preseason unfolds.
Aug 9, 2021 1:45 PM EST
Johnson has impressed in minicamp and remains in the Jets' running back plans, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Johnson's still in the mix for the starting role, though Tevin Coleman is expected to open the season as the leading figure in a backfield that also features rookie fourth-round pick Michael Carter. For now, Johnson's at least a safe bet to make the roster, and a clearer picture of the running back pecking order should emerge once the team takes the field in preseason.
Jun 29, 2021 8:49 AM EST
Johnson is splitting first-team reps in camp with Tevin Coleman and Michael Carter, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Coleman's technically the starter at this early point in camp, but Johnson and Carter still have plenty of time to make their cases for the top spot on the depth chart. Carter projects as more of a change-of-pace type, leaving Coleman and Johnson to battle it out for the majority of early-down opportunities, including the all-important goal-line looks. This is a position battle that may not be decided until deep into preseason, so it will be important to monitor these players' performances as Week 1 approaches.
May 31, 2021 6:28 PM EST
Johnson sits atop the Jets running back depth chart put together by Tyler Calvaruso of USA Today.
Analysis: Johnson's burst should make him a strong fit for offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur's system, but he'll have plenty of competition in a crowded Jets backfield. Though Johnson's strong play down the stretch last season has made the starting job his to lose in Calvaruso's eyes, free agent acquisition Tevin Coleman, rookie fourth-round draft pick Michael Carter and fellow young running backs La'Mical Perine and Josh Adams will all be vying for that spot as well.
May 2, 2021 4:52 PM EST
Johnson rushed 11 times for 45 yards and caught both of his targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: With Frank Gore (chest) and La'Mical Perine (illness) inactive, Johnson split carries with Josh Adams, who had a nearly identical 47 yards on 11 carries but also found the end zone. The 23-year-old Johnson finishes his season with 254 yards and a touchdown on 54 carries, along with 99 yards and a touchdown on 16 catches. He's favored to secure a depth role in New York's backfield next season, though Johnson will likely have competition for a roster spot.
Jan 3, 2021 2:47 PM EST
Johnson is expected to be the featured back Sunday against the Patriots with both Frank Gore (bruised lung) and La'Mical Perine (COVID-19) sidelined, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Johnson had the Jets backfield mostly to himself one other time this season, and he produced 104 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries after Frank Gore got hurt early in Week 13 against the Raiders. New England's defense has been stouter against the run, but Johnson has flashed big-play ability and can also contribute as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, as evidenced by his six-catch effort against the Rams in Week 15. Given his expected volume, Johnson's an enticing option for managers who still have lineups to set at this point in the season.
Dec 30, 2020 12:27 PM EST
Johnson rushed twice for 13 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Browns.
Analysis: Johnson ranked a distant third in carries among Jets running backs behind Frank Gore (14) and La'Mical Perine (nine) in Perine's return from an ankle injury. New York played from ahead for the final three quarters, so Johnson's pass-catching skills out of the backfield weren't called upon after last week's six-catch performance. Gore left in the second half with a chest injury, and if he's unable to play in next week's season finale in New England, Johnson would likely take on a larger role on passing downs while Perine handles the bulk of the early-down work.
Dec 27, 2020 3:44 PM EST
Johnson carried the ball three times for 16 yards and caught all six of his targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 upset of the Rams.
Analysis: The running back opened the scoring in the first quarter by taking a short pass from Sam Darnold 18 yards to the pylon, setting the stage for the Jets' first win of the season. Johnson took a back seat to Frank Gore (24 touches) most of the rest of the afternoon, but assuming the team doesn't shock another playoff-bound team in Week 16, he could see a bigger workload as the Jets try to keep up with the Browns.
Dec 20, 2020 6:29 PM EST
Johnson rushed eight times for 16 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 40-3 loss to Seattle.
Analysis: One week after topping 100 yards on the ground and finding the end zone, Johnson was bottled up while splitting carries with both Frank Gore (eight) and Josh Adams (six). As long as Gore's healthy, Johnson will have a hard time getting enough touches to move the needle much. Up next is a Week 15 road matchup with the Rams.
Dec 13, 2020 7:18 PM EST
Johnson rushed 22 times for 104 yards and a touchdown while catching both of his targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: Frank Gore exited almost immediately to be evaluated for a concussion, paving the way for a backfield split between Johnson and Josh Adams, who had eight carries for 74 yards. Johnson's one-yard touchdown plunge with 5:34 remaining put the Jets up by four, but that lead disintegrated in heartbreaking fashion on a 46-yard Henry Ruggs touchdown with five seconds left. Finally getting a chance to shine after showing some promise in a limited role, the shifty Johnson would be in line to remain New York's lead back in Week 14 against the Seahawks if Gore's unable to clear the league's five-step concussion protocol by then.
Dec 6, 2020 3:22 PM EST
Johnson rushed twice for three yards and caught one of two targets for one yard in Sunday's 20-3 loss to the Dolphins.
Analysis: Johnson backed up Frank Gore with La'Mical Perine (ankle) on IR, but Gore got 21 touches to Johnson's three. With coach Adam Gase content to feed the plodding Gore rather than exploring alternatives, Johnson's role should remain minimal in Week 13 against a Raiders team that has struggled to defend running backs.
Nov 29, 2020 4:28 PM EST
Johnson will be part of a running back rotation with Frank Gore and Josh Adams for the next three games with La'Mical Perine (ankle) on IR, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
Analysis: Johnson earned his highest offensive snap share (23 percent) of the season this past Sunday against the Jets, turning it into four catches (on six targets) for 17 yards. With Gore set to lead the backfield -- he's averaging 13.3 touches per game this season -- Johnson may serve as the pass-catching option for the group. In 23 career games, Johnson has hauled in 29 of 40 targets for 132 yards.
Nov 27, 2020 12:36 PM EST
Johnson didn't record a carry but caught four of six targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 34-28 loss to the Chargers.
Analysis: Johnson got some action as a receiving option out of the backfield after La'Mical Perine exited with an ankle injury. If Perine's unable to play against the Dolphins in Week 12, Johnson would serve as the shifty passing-down complement to veteran bruiser Frank Gore.
Nov 22, 2020 6:57 PM EST
Johnson did not garner a carry or a target on two offensive snaps during Monday night's 30-27 loss to New England.
Analysis: The Maryland product was active for a fourth consecutive outing Week 9, though he was not a part of the Jets' offensive game plan after fielding four touches in Kansas City last Sunday. Johnson received most of his work on special teams, with 12 snaps in that department, but Frank Gore (12 carries) and La'Mical Perine (six carries) split the RB rush attempts, combining for 65 yards against New England's No. 25 rush defense. Johnson remains the Jets' No. 3 back heading into a Week 10 matchup against the Chargers.
Nov 10, 2020 4:26 PM EST
Johnson rushed three times for 15 yards and caught his lone target for another six in Sunday's 35-9 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Johnson finished fourth on the team in carries behind Frank Gore (10), La'Mical Perine (eight) and quarterback Sam Darnold (four). He also had a 17-yard kick return on special teams. Johnson doesn't see enough playing time on offense to make much of a difference, and that's likely to remain the case barring an injury to Gore or Perine.
Nov 1, 2020 7:15 PM EST
Johnson returned three kickoffs for 66 yards but didn't touch the ball on offense in Sunday's 18-10 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Johnson turned three carries into 42 yards last week, but he didn't get any opportunities in New York's backfield against Buffalo while Frank Gore and La'Mical Perine combined for 99 rushing yards and a touchdown on 11 carries apiece. Coach Adam Gase seems content to keep giving the 37-year-old Gore double-digit touches, and while Perine has started to take on a larger role, Johnson remains a distant third on the running back depth chart.
Oct 25, 2020 6:12 PM EST
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