Ty Johnson

New York Jets
Running Back #24
New York Jets
Running Back #24

Ty Johnson News

Could open season as starter

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

Splits with Adams in finale

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

Leading role on tap

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

Limited role in Perine's return

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

Scores in win over Rams

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

Disappoints in Week 14

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

Shines after Gore injury

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

Three touches as backup

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

In RB rotation

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

Four catches as Perine goes down

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

No offensive touches against Pats

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

Four touches in blowout loss

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

Limited to kick return duties

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

Breaks off 34-yard run

Johnson made his Jets debut in Sunday's 24-0 loss to Miami, rushing three times for 42 yards and failing to corral his only target.

Analysis: Johnson broke off a 34-yard run for New York's longest offensive play of the game, but he operated as the third-string running back behind veteran Frank Gore (11 carries for 46 yards) and rookie La'Mical Perine (seven carries for 27 yards). If Johnson keeps flashing enough speed to get to the outside, he could provide a much-needed spark for the lifeless Jets offense and start to take on a larger role in Week 7 against Buffalo and beyond.

Oct 19, 2020 6:23 AM EST

Could play more with Bell gone

Johnson will have the opportunity to earn more playing time following the release of starting running back Le'Veon Bell, per coach Adam Gase, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Gase emphasized that rookie La'Mical Perine will play a larger role at 37-year-old Frank Gore's expense following Bell's release, but he also mentioned Johnson and Josh Adams as candidates to take on larger backfield roles. Johnson was claimed off waivers by the Jets two weeks ago but is yet to suit up for the team.

Oct 14, 2020 11:12 AM EST

Claimed by Gang Green

Johnson was claimed off waivers by the Jets on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Johnson was waived by the Lions on Thursday and will join a Jets team where he should have more opportunities to earn playing time, at least while Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) is on IR. The 23-year-old Maryland product joins a running back room currently consisting of 37-year-old Frank Gore, rookie fourth-rounder La'Mical Perine and Dolphins castoff Kalen Ballage. Johnson averaged 4.3 yards per carry and caught 24 passes as a rookie last season, and his most immediate path to snaps could be as an upgrade over Ballage on passing downs if Johnson can learn the offense quickly.

Oct 2, 2020 1:47 PM EST

Waived by Lions

Johnson was waived by the Lions on Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Johnson somewhat surprisingly made the Lions roster out of training camp over fifth-round rookie Jason Huntley. Now that Detroit coaches seem more than content with a top backfield trio of Adrian Peterson, Kerryon Johnson and D'Andre Swift - with Jamal Agnew mixing in on gadget plays - it appears Ty Johnson is no longer needed, either. However, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Lions try to stash Ty Johnson on the practice squad for insurance purposes.

Oct 1, 2020 3:20 PM EST

Healthy scratch against Cards

Johnson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against Arizona.

Analysis: The 2019 sixth-round draft pick fielded five offensive snaps last Sunday in a loss to Green Bay, but he is yet to garner a single carry on the young season. Johnson logged an average of 3.9 carries per game last year for a bottom-12 Lions rushing attack, but with D'Andre Swift and Adrian Peterson now in the mix, his offensive involvement has fallen by the wayside.

Sep 27, 2020 12:14 PM EST

Gets snaps on offense

Johnson was targeted once but did not record a catch during Sunday's loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: Johnson again saw the majority (12 of 17 total snaps) of his playing time come on special teams. Barring an injury to Adrian Peterson, Kerryon Johnson or D'Andre Swift, this modest offensive involvement should be the expectation for Ty Johnson until further notice.

Sep 21, 2020 8:42 AM EST

No offensive snaps

Johnson did log a snap on offense during Sunday's 27-23 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: Johnson got 12 snaps on special teams, but the backfield work was divided between Adrian Peterson, D'Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson. Barring injury, it's unlikely Johnson joins that rotation.

Sep 14, 2020 1:08 PM EST

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