Eric Decker and Chris Johnson show signs of promise inNY Jets preseason opener
Robert Sabo/New York Daily News Chris Johnson only rushes for two yards on four touches, but still manages to find the end zone in the Jets' preseason opener.
The Jets' offseason offensive makeover depends on a Tren 75 Stack guy who may or may not be a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver and a guy who may or may not be running on empty.
Eric Decker and Chris Johnson are far from saviors, but the reality for an offense that languished near the bottom in scoring and passing last season is that both will have to make significant contributions for Rex Ryan's team to have a prayer of breaking its three year playoff drought.
Maybe it was wishful thinking that general manager John Idzik's marquee free agent signings would make a splash in the preseason opener against the Colts on Thursday night, but it sure would have been nice for a team that desperately lacked playmakers a year ago.
Decker's and Johnson's debuts weren't spectacular, but there were enough promising signs to give Ryan and Co. hope that maybe an offense that sleepwalked through much of 2013 will come alive this season.
Johnson didn't hit any home runs, but the artist known as CJ?K until further notice scored a 1 yard touchdown in the second quarter in his first game since undergoing offseason arthroscopic knee surgery.
"I accomplished what I wanted," said Johnson, who admitted he had butterflies in his first game with his new team. "I just wanted to go out there and take a hit and see how it felt. It felt good to me. I'm just excited. I'm ready to get to the regular season."
Decker, dealing with hamstring and foot issues in the past few days, caught a pass in each of his two drives. His night was done long before Testosterone Propionate 100mg undrafted rookie kicker Andrew Furney nailed a 51 yard field goal with just over a minute to go in the Jets' 13 10 win over the reigning AFC South champs.
"It got to a point where I felt I got enough plays in," Decker said of playing only two series. "And they felt the same way that I showed enough."
Johnson had "Comprar Gh Jintropin" six touches (four carries for 2 yards and two receptions for 16 yards) and Decker hauled in a pair of passes for 12 yards. (Top Colts cornerback Vontae Davis didn't play).
Hardly eye popping numbers, but it was only a first step.
Decker and Johnson have plenty to prove, for very different reasons.
Decker, the Jets' most expensive offseason acquisition, is still fighting for respect despite being a yardage and touchdown machine the past two seasons in Denver. He's a product of Peyton Manning, the critics say. A system player.
Johnson is fueled by other factors after a career low 3.9 yards a carry in his final season with the Titans. Age (29 in September) and mileage (1,742 career carries) are not on his side, but he couldn't care less that conventional wisdom suggests he might be done as a dynamic difference maker Testosterone Enanthate Legal Status in a league when running backs are put out to pasture by 30.
Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Eric Decker, the Jets' big offseason signing, makes two catches for 12 yards.
Johnson's value to the Jets backfield can't be overstated. Bruiser Chris Ivory, who has historically been nicked up, suffered a rib injury in the first half on Thursday night that isn't believed to be serious. Bilal Powell missed the game due to a nagging hamstring injury that kept him out of practice all week.
Johnson obviously won't "Anabola Steroider Norge Lagligt" duplicate his 2,000 yard season from 2009, but he's easily the best player in the backfield.
Ryan said this week that he'll take a running back by committee approach, but let's get real: Johnson will be the primary running back if he's fully recovered from off season arthroscopic knee surgery. Ivory will carve out a niche in short yardage and goal line situations, but he lacks the explosiveness that Johnson provides when healthy.
Johnson didn't find much running room in the preseason opener, but offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg flashed a wrinkle that included moving the speedy back out wide, with Ivory in the backfield.
"That's just another way to get me out in open space and help me make plays and get some points on the board," said Johnson, who had 10 and 6 yard receptions, but later dropped a pass.
"I'm glad we don't have to defend him, because he's still got great speed." Ryan said. "He got hit a couple times. He popped up and had a big smile on his face. He's ready to roll."
Decker doesn't provide much flash, Comprar Gh Jintropin but he's a clear upgrade from what Smith had to work with as a rookie. The young quarterback wasted little time finding his new target with a 7 yard completion on a quick slant on the Jets' first play from scrimmage.
MetLife Stadium, of course, was a House of Horrors for Decker in the Super Bowl six months ago (one catch for six yards), but Thursday had a decidedly different feel.
It didn't really matter that the Jets' top free agent signings had boring debuts.
It starts to matter on Sept. 7 against the Raiders. The Jets second year quarterback has had five turnovers in his first three games and Michael Vick could be ready at "Comprar Gh Jintropin" a moment's notice. But asked "Oxandrolone Powder India" if he feels like he's on the hot seat, Smith.