NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 27: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans breaks away from Quincy Black #58 and John McCargo #79 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a long gain during play at LP Field on November 27, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans won 23-17. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
The Around the League blog over at NFL.com is doing a series where they highlight a player on each team that is under the most pressure heading into the 2012 season. The pick for the Titans was Chris Johnson. That was pretty obvious.
In case you don't remember how bad he was in 2011, here is a little snippet to remind you:
It's difficult to put into perspective how awful the first half of Johnson's 2011 was, but we'll give it a shot. Midway through the season, Johnson was averaging barely three yards per carry and was on pace for a 700-yard rushing season. This was just two years removed from a campaign in which he became the sixth player in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 yards rushing in a season.The article goes on to say that Chris Palmer's offense is a completely different animal if CJ returns to form. Again, not exactly splitting the atom, but it is a good point. The passing offense last season was one of the best we have ever seen here, and that was without the real threat of a running game.
This is the season of optimism for just about every NFL team, but the sky really is the limit for this offense with the addition of Kendall Wright if Chris Johnson can return to form. This could be the first time in the Titans era that they will be mentioned among the most explosive offenses in the NFL.