Geno Smith was 4th among rookies with 6 rushing TDs to go along with his 366 rushing yards in 2013. The Jets added some RB depth in the form of speedster Chris Johnson.
Early on Monday the Jets released their first official depth chart in advance of their Thursday preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts. While it appeared that Chris Ivory was the First Team RB, the team made to the media:
Jets clarify that Ivory, Johnson and Powell are all listed as first on the depth chart. There is no way to signify it on the web listing.
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) August 4, 2014
As a result, RBs Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and free agent pickup Chris Johnson will all take snaps with the first team offense in preparation for the game against the Colts.
The team acquired former Titan Chris Johnson in the offseason, who has recorded over 1,000 rushing yards every year since his rookie season in 2008. In 2009, Johnson became only the 6th player in NFL history to record over 2,000 rushing yards.
Since he arrived in New York in 2009, Rex Ryan’s Jets have placed the strongest emphasis on the running game, placing in the top 10 three times in 5 seasons. In 2013, Ivory and Powell, along with Geno Smith, combined to average 134.9 rushing yards per game – good for 6th in the league and 2nd in the AFC.