Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mornhinweg set on giving Johnson his space


Chris Johnson signed with the New York Jets two weeks ago under the impression that offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and his West Coast style system would allow Johnson plenty of opportunities in the open field.

"We talked about all those things, catching out of the backfield, getting the ball to me in space," the veteran tailback said of his conversation with Mornhinweg prior to signing with Gang Green.

A couple weeks later, Mornhinweg echoed a familiar sentiment -- give Johnson room to run.

"He is very, very good that way," the veteran assistant coach told NewYorkJets.com. "Chris is one of those uncommon players where if you give him some space, if he gets to some air, that he can score from anywhere on the field."

If Johnson can stay healthy, he's the ideal complement to Chris Ivory's bruising, between-the-tackles style. He's rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons in the NFL, finding the end zone 50 times on the ground and has proven capable of doing damage in the catch-and-run department.

"That's a great player to have that will certainly help us as we move forward," Mornhinweg said.

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