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When the Titans have needed a big play, whom do they look for? Whoever it is, it’s not CJ.
In 2008, Johnson had a chance to show his skills on a national stage against the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. Johnson was injured in the game and had to leave early in the first half with his ankle wrapped. The rookie managed 72 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown before heading for the locker rooms early.
His second chance to come up big was in 2009 against the Seattle Seahawks with a chance to break the NFL single-season rushing record on the line. Johnson rushed for 134 yards on 36 carries, when he needed 99 more yards to break the record. Poor performances against the Jets (97 yards) and the Steelers (57 yards) halted his progress for perfection in the end, but his opportunities were there in the Seattle game.
Last season, with the team falling apart, the Titans needed to lean on Johnson’s rushing abilities. Johnson rushed for fewer than 100 yards in eight games against eight separate teams, including a measly five yards on seven carries against the Houston Texans.
If Johnson is going to demand the big money, he needs to play like a big-time guy.