|Johnson believes he can lead the league in rushing once again. (US PRESSWIRE)|
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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