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
Johnson rushed three times for one yard and caught both of his targets for another 12 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over the Titans.
Analysis: Johnson's five touches trailed both Michael Carter (14) and Tevin Coleman (six) in the Jets' backfield. New York's offense came alive with a season-high 27 points in the team's first win of the season, but Johnson's limited role suggests he'll remain a fantasy afterthought barring a shakeup in the Jets' backfield pecking order. Johnson also saw usage as a kick returner, totaling 57 yards on three returns.
Oct 3, 2021 8:25 PM EST
Johnson rushed the ball three times for 17 yards in Sunday's Week 3 loss to the Broncos. He also recorded one reception on five targets for six yards.
Analysis: Michael Carter took over the backfield in the absence of Tevin Coleman (illness), though the team tried to heavily utilize Johnson as a pass catcher. Even with the limited workload, Johnson managed one of few highlights for the team when gained 13 yards on a carry just before halftime. If Coleman remains sidelined for the Jets' Week 4 matchup against Tennessee, Johnson could remain heavily involved in a pass-catching role.
Sep 26, 2021 10:09 PM EST
With Tevin Coleman ruled out with a non-COVID illness, Johnson and Michael Carter are in line to head the Jets' backfield Sunday against the Broncos, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: A Johnson/Carter time-share was already expected this week after both backs logged 33 snaps in the Jets' Week 2 loss to the Patriots. In the process, Johnson carried 12 times for 50 yards, while Carter recorded 11 carries for 59 yards and two catches for 29 yards. However with Coleman (five carries for 24 yards) out of the mix this weekend, the Jets figure to feature a clear 1-2 punch versus a three-man committee, with La'Mical Perine and/or Josh Adams available for complementary/special teams work.
Sep 24, 2021 3:13 PM EST
Johnson rushed 12 times for 50 yards and wasn't targeted in Sunday's 25-6 loss to New England.
Analysis: Johnson worked in a timeshare with Michael Carter, who turned 11 carries and three targets into 88 scrimmage yards. Tevin Coleman got just five carries, so the Jets appear set to rely primarily on the tandem of Johnson and Carter in the backfield moving forward. Johnson has produced 76 scrimmage yards through two games and will face the Broncos on the road in Week 3.
Sep 19, 2021 3:40 PM EST
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
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