AFC East Blog
Chris Johnson admitted before last season he "didn't like" that the Titans signed Shonn Greene and said, "I didn't think it was a smart move."
After the season, Johnson complained that he wasn't being used enough even though he finished with the fifth-most touches in the league. Still, Johnson said he felt that he was "wasting the prime years of my career" in Tennessee. So, now he's playing in New York. He's getting paid less money. He's not expected to be a bell-cow back. And just mere months after he made those comments about being underutilized, Johnson has apparently changed his tune. He was told by head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg that he will indeed be sharing carries as a Jet. And Johnson sounds cool with that.
"Basically, it's just a situation of coming in and competing and just doing whatever to help the team win," Johnson said Thursday. "Really, it was that. Not really having too much concern about how the carries are going to be."
One visit was all Chris Johnson needed to find his next NFL team. Johnson reached an agreement Wednesday with the New York Jets on a two-year contract worth a total of $8 million. Johnson comes to the Jets after spending six seasons in Tennessee where he became one of the game's best running backs. He topped 2,000 rushing yards in 2009 and although he never came close to repeating such lofty feats, he did reach 1,000 yards ever year. He was cut by the Titans earlier this month.
Here's a quick update on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is spending a second consecutive offseason trying to heal his broken body. Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee last December. NFL Network's Albert Breer reported Friday that Gronkowski visited the man who performed his reconstructive knee surgery, Dr. James Andrews, this week and is "right where he should be" in his rehab. He will also begin jogging soon, according to Breer.
The Dolphins put a lot on Ryan Tannehill's shoulders in his second season. He threw the ball 588 times, seventh-most in the league. But he barely completed 60 percent of those throws and finished with 25 touchdowns and 22 turnovers. While last season was still an improvement on Tannehill's rookie campaign, he knows that much more is expected from him in year three.
"It's huge. I have to make a big jump, I'm aware of that," Tannehill told ESPN's Keyshawn Johnson on Wednesday. "I'm putting in the work, putting in the time to get myself physically ready, mentally ready and learn this new offense that we're going with this year. So there is still work to be done.
"But I look for a big jump in myself, both in production and wins. That's what we ultimately play for is wins. So, I'm excited to see what this team does."
Tannehill and the Dolphins finished 8-8 last season and collapsed down the stretch, letting a golden opportunity to make the playoffs slip away.