PORT ARTHUR — A quarter of the way through the NFL season, we’ve hit a crossroads of sorts in fantasy football. Four games are in the books, giving owners four opportunities to evaluate their team and get frustrated with high draft picks who are not performing.
There are plenty of these players floating around the league, but the biggest case of fan disappointment for a first round pick has to be Titans running back Chris Johnson. In most drafts, Johnson went as maybe the fifth running back off the board, behind the likes of Arian Foster, Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy.
Yet, guys like Doug Martin and Trent Richardson, along with C.J. Spiller and even Andre Brown, have far exceeded Johnson’s production. He’s a long way from his days of being CJ2K and rushing for 2,000 yards.
What’s more alarming is that Johnson appears to have lost a little zip on the field. Questions have been popping up around the league on whether he’s as fast as he used to be to the hole, with some people speculating that he’s a full two-tenths of a second slower. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but for a guy who used to be the fastest player in the league, it hurts his value.
The plays Johnson used to break for 70-yard touchdowns just haven’t been there. Instead, Johnson looks tentative going through the line and not committing to the end of his runs. This isn’t anything new, either, as he had the same problems last season.
Lastly, Johnson hasn’t even seemed to take the blame on himself. Read this quote from Johnson on his blocking this year:
“People need to step up and do their job,” Johnson said, via John Glennon of theTennessean . “They don’t need to let people beat them. It don’t matter who the opposing defense is, you can’t let your guy beat you. You just can’t give up plays. You have to make plays like they make plays. I can’t speak for the defense. I can only speak for the offense.”