This is both an expectation and something that needs to happen in the Titans' Week 1 game.
Johnson should get a lot of carries against the Patriots for a few reasons.
First, head coach Mike Munchak must know that he needs to give Chris Johnson a lot of carries. Johnson is the type of player that needs the ball a lot to get into a rhythm.
Johnson does not do well when he is only given the ball a few times. For instance, he went for 24 yards on nine carries in Week 1 last year.
On his first 10 attempts of each game, Johnson averaged only 3.6 yards per carry last season. That number went up to 4.0 yards on his 11th-20th attempts and skyrocketed to 7.0 on any carries after his 20th.
This will be Jake Locker's first game as the long-term starter (not just an injury replacement).
While the Patriots are weak against the pass, Locker will probably not be able to take advantage of it adequately. As a result, Johnson should get a lot of carries.