Chris Johnson is coming off his worst and most disappointing season as a pro, rushing for just 1047 yards and 4 touchdowns on 262 carries last year after being made the 2nd highest paid running back in the league before the season. Johnson’s struggles last season were blamed on him failing in stay in shape during a holdout that lasted most of the offseason. The numbers back this up. In his last 8 games, he carried the ball 141 times for 681 yards and 3 touchdowns, as opposed to 121 times for 366 yards and a touchdown in his first 8.
Johnson has vowed to be in even better shape for the entirety of the 2012 season and he seems to be making good on his promise. Normally he works out at home in Orlando in the offseason and skips the voluntary parts of the offseason, but this offseason he is participating in all of the offseason program, even the voluntary parts.
The Titans coaching staff has been very pleased with him and he looks poised to have a bounce back season next year, especially after the Titans upgrading his interior blocking by adding Steve Hutchinson. He’ll be a big part of a potentially explosive Titans offense with Jake Locker/Matt Hasselbeck, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Jared Cook, and hopefully a healthy Kenny Britt. He’s a nice buy low candidate in fantasy football. The Titans better hope he bounces back. He’s owed 43 million over the next 5 seasons.