By Eric Schmidt

Has anyone informed Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson that he has a new contract and his holdout is over? On August 11th, I scribed a column about Chris Johnson, as to whether or not he would be effective this season on the field and in fantasy football circles. Johnson’s lack of production after three weeks and the current state of the Titans has to be of concern.

It was expected that Chris Johnson was going to show up to the Titans team after holding out over a new contract. The running back received a new 6-year $55 million dollar contract with $30 million guaranteed. He was limited in the first week of action as the Titans took on the Jacksonville Jaguars, but his 9 carries for 27 yards is the best yard per average game of this young career.

Johnson now has 46 carries for 98 yards. 98 yards. 2.1 yard per carry every time he touches the ball. Yesterday, against the visiting Denver Broncos, Johnson carried the rock 13 times for 21 yards, with a long of 9 yards. It’s time for some concern in Tennessee.

When Johnson was at his best in Tennessee, he had Vince Young under center for most of those starts, a very mobile quarterback which didn’t allow defenses to cheat against the run. Now, 36-year old Matt Hasselbeck is under center and the Titans got even more bad news this afternoon after learning that WR Kenny Britt will be out for the rest of the season after suffering a MCL/ACL injury.

Johnson should have been able to break some runs yesterday against the Broncos, a poor run defense team. I don’t know if or when Johnson is going to be able to break it open again. The Titans go on the road in the next two weeks against the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and now with the loss of Kenny Britt as the Titans deep threat, defenses can simply stack the line and shut Johnson down even more than he has been so far this season.

Chris Johnson is behind the rest of the team now after missing training camp with a new coaching staff and new quarterback. At this rate, he is going to struggle to surpass the 1,000 yard mark rushing this season. Hopefully you read my article in August and tempered your fantasy football draft accordingly.






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