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CJ2K predicts he'll be league leader again

Posted on: March 4, 2012 2:36 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 5:11 pm
 
Johnson believes he can lead the league in rushing once again. (US PRESSWIRE)
By Josh Katzowitz

In case you missed it last year, Titans running back Chris Johnson didn’t exactly have a stellar 2011.

After holding out and missing all of training camp and most of the preseason because he wanted a new long-term contract -- you couldn’t blame him for his desire for a raise, considering his original base salary was $800,000 -- he eventually signed a four-year, $53.5 million contract. And proceeded to tank.

The season, in fact, went so poorly that we wondered midway through whether Tennessee would simply part ways with Johnson.

Johnson finished the year with 1,042 rushing yards, but his yards per carry and his touchdowns significantly decreased. It was, by far, the worst season of his career, and with questions about his elusiveness and his desire to be a top player, it was easy to forget the 2,006 yards he gained in 2009.

Clearly, though, Johnson hasn’t lost confidence in himself. Or his predilection to make predictions about what he plans to accomplish in the next season. So, he’s taking to the Twitter machine for his latest proclamation.

“Statement is I'm gonna lead the league n rushing this year save this,” Johnson wrote Saturday.

Surely, the Titans wouldn’t mind that prediction coming true for the man who finished tied for 14th in the league last season. And there’s also this to think about: Johnson didn’t only miss the entire offseason because of the lockout but he also held out for all of August as well. Clearly, his body never caught up after so much time missed.

With a full offseason and training camp to prepare, Johnson very well could return to the form that allowed him to make so much money in the first place. Johnson’s prediction isn’t necessarily a bold one, because we saw his top form not too long ago.

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Comments

Since: Mar 30, 2012
Posted on: March 30, 2012 8:28 am
 

CJ2K predicts he'll be league leader again

How do you think he placed second in the 100 meter in the state of Florida only falling short to walter dix, now an olympian, or how he got to the nfl? Or how he's broke countless rushing records in the nfl? This guy has a tremedous work ethic.



Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:20 am
 

CJ2K predicts he'll be league leader again

he is a good back but certain things will keep him from being a great back.  He can't block.  If he's hit in the backfeild he goes down.  He's young though and has plenty of time to prove me wrong



Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 7:39 pm
 

CJ2K predicts he'll be league leader again

He may never break 1000 yards again.



Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:53 pm
 

CJ2K predicts he'll be league leader again

Chris Johnson is not even the best rusher in the AFC South much less the NFL.



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:24 pm
 

CJ2K predicts he'll be league leader again

speed kills ...and in a passing league where teams are increasingly using two backs to split carries, this guy has a good chance to lead the league in rushing over a season for a few more years ...the lockout/holdout scenario clearly hurt his production last year 



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:54 pm
 

CJ2K predicts he'll be league leader again

People kill me with their negativity, he sat out for well warranted money and missed camp...He still rushed for over 1,000 yrds(which is not much to brag about)but still decent and ALLLLL of you know after a full training camp this year, you will still take him as a top 5 RB..STOPPPPP ITTTTTTT.....sidebar: not a fan and had him in fantasy this past year, feel my pain;)...Sidebar 2:these owners cut players when they feel, so when should a player get well warranted money? after they get hurt during a contract Year...THINK FROM THE PLAYERS POINT OF VIEW....




Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:26 pm
 

CJ2K predicts he'll be league leader again

I'd love to look at CJ's overall stats from last year with one click, but CBS, true to form, has his link leading to a Raiders DB.

Keep up the good work, CBS. 



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:07 am
 

CJ2K predicts he'll be league leader again

new coach,new Qb,no deep threat WR and a lock out are reasons to believe his numbers dropped.
But MJD had a league rushing title with all of those things, plus a pro bowl TE that lost the ability to catch.



Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:38 am
 

CJ2K predicts he'll be league leader again

I remember when Johnson said that if he ever got caught from behind on a breakaway run he would retire......sooooooooo, why is he still here?



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 7:22 am
 

CJ2K predicts he'll be league leader again

Man he would have to play like 38 games a season to lead the league in rushing.


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