5 Reasons Why Chris Johnson Will Win The Rushing Title in 2012-2013
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If the Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson escapes the 2012-2013 season without a major injury, the upcoming season’s rushing title is once again his to be had.
His past achievements, talent and age are a few of the obvious reasons why that statement is a credible educated guess.
Let’s dial in on five other reasons why Johnson will be able to beat back challenges from the likes of Arian Foster, Ryan Matthews and the youngster DeMarco Murray.
#5 Johnson Finished Strong In 2011
After apparently losing a step for the first half of last season, Johnson started to turn it up during the closing games of 2011.
In the first half of the year Johnson averaged 45.75 rushing yards, 4.25 receptions and 25.75 receiving yards per game. Johnson only rushed for over 100 yards once during this period.
In contrast during the latter half of the season, he averaged 85.1 rushing yards, 3.25 receptions and 26.5 receiving yards per game. He posted three performances that racked up over 100 rushing yards during this period.
The theory that he reported to the team out of shape after holding out for a new contract holds a lot of weight when you look at where he started and where he ended.
Most backs get worse as the season drags on. Johnson was still trending upwards.
#4 Johnson Has The Benefit Of A Full Off-Season
Johnson’s contract issues has cost him time with his teammates and coaches for the past two seasons.
Last year’s hold out was deep but he also missed team activities in 2010 in regards to his money as well.
The upside to being at the team’s facilities working with the trainers, running plays and working on timing issues is invaluable to anyone.
For skill players it’s crucial and this year is the first time since his epic 2009 campaign that he’s present for the full cycle.
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