Running back Chris Johnson visiting with the New York Jets

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The New York Jets have a visitor in town.

Johnson has hit the 1,000-yard marker in each season of his six-year career, rushing for 1,077 yards and six touchdowns in 2013. The once 2,000-yard back has definitely dropped in production over the past few seasons. After averaging 1,533 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first three NFL seasons, Johnson has posted averages of just 1,122 yards and five touchdowns in the three years since.

He’s still productive, but it’s pretty clear he’s not the back he was his first few years in the league.

Johnson, though, would provide help for the Jets, who need a speed back coming out of the backfield. Chris Ivory had a solid season in 2013. So did Bilal Powell. But neither of those guys is a breakaway thread. Neither is going to outrun safeties. Johnson, though, can still do that.

Let’s remember that while he has been worse, it’s not like Johnson has been bad. He’s just more of a situational back now, a speed back who can catch passes, as well. If the Jets end up with someone like that for reasonable money, it has to be considered a win.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has reported the Jets are one of three teams interested in Johnson, but the first he will meet with in person.

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