who can be a pass-catching home-run threat out of the backfield — a major safety valve for Smith. Paired with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, the Jets could suddenly have a solid, even dangerous, trio of running backs. CATCHING ON: Decker
he is a significant upgrade in the backfield for the Jets who were getting by with the nondescript Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory . KEY DEFENSIVE ACQUISITION: Cornerback seemed like the bigger need for the Jets in the draft but GM John Idzik and
camp opens after recovering from offseason knee surgery. Chris Ivory rolled an ankle Wednesday, but Ryan said it was nothing serious. If healthy, Johnson and Ivory could form one of the league's most lethal backfield
product was deemed expendable. Richardson joins a crowded backfield as well in New York, which signed six- time 1,000-yard rusher Chris Johnson in April and received a career-high 833 rushing yards from returnee Chris Ivory last season.
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balking at splitting carries last season, Johnson says this year "is about winning," and sharing the workload with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell isn't an issue. ___ AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
eight TD's on 272 receptions. With the Jets, the speedy Johnson is expected to serve as a complement to power back Chris Ivory , who rushed for a career-best 833 yards on 182 carries last season.
April 7, three days after being told by the team of its decision. The former 2,000-yard rusher will team with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to give coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg a versatile and deep backfield. Johnson
condition of anonymity because the Jets don't make player visits public. The Jets would like Johnson to team with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to form a potentially potent trio. Johnson, who turns 29 in September, is only the sixth player
block for Jets runners, who finished second in the AFC with 2,158 yards during the regular season. Running backs Chris Ivory (833) and Bilal Powell (697) each set career highs in rushing yards. The New York native thanked the Jets on Twitter