Actually, he looks to be in 2009 midseason form.
In the Tennessee Titans' opening exhibition matchup against the Washington Redskins Thursday night, Johnson received just two carries, but that's all it took for him to put on some fireworks.
After getting stuffed for two yards during the team's three-and-out to start the game, he took the first snap of the second series 58 yards to the house, exhibiting some of the jaw-dropping elusiveness and breakaway speed that makes him one of the most electrifying players in the league.
NFL.com has the video:
Johnson started toward the right but immediately cut back to the middle of the field, where he had loads of room.
Bacarri Rambo appeared to have the angle on the speedy running back, who looked like he was heading toward the sideline, but then Johnson subsequently put on a move that left the rookie safety's ankles in a heap of wreckage in the middle of the field.
Welcome to the NFL, rook.
After embarrassing Rambo, Johnson sped away to pay dirt, finishing his day with two carries, 60 yards and a touchdown.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, it was a very Chris Johnson-ish play:
Chris Johnson has a 58-yard rush TD tonight. Johnson leads the NFL with 9 rush TD of at least 50 yards over the last 4 seasons.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 9, 2013
Although it's important not to read too much into anything preseason-related, Titans fans—and fantasy owners—will be hoping this is a sign of things to come in 2013.
How many rushing yards will Chris Johnson record this season?
After electrifying the league with 2,006 rushing yards in 2009, Johnson (who's still just 27) has been wildly inconsistent and disappointing ever since.
In the past three seasons, he has shown glimpses of his electric, home run hitting form but has averaged "just" 1,218 rushing yards on 4.3 yards per carry a season.
But with improvements to the Tennessee offensive line—the signing of Andy Levitre and addition of first-round pick Chance Warmack—expectations are high for the return of CJ2K.