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A look at Johnson's pace

November, 18, 2009
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Chris Johnson’s pace is a big topic, and if he keeps it up he'll finish with 1,940 yards. Eric Dickerson set the league record with 2,105 yards in 1984 with the L.A. Rams.

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Here are the current standings of the rushing defenses CJ will face the rest of the way:

  • Houston: 14 (tied)
  • Arizona: 8
  • Indianapolis: 14 (tied)
  • St. Louis: 28
  • Miami: 7
  • San Diego: 23
  • Seattle: 11
According to ESPN Stats & Information, he’s also on pace for the highest yards per carry for a primary running back with at least 100 carries in NFL history.


And his 631 yards in his last three games rate as the fifth-best three-game rushing binge in league history: Deuce McAllister had 665 in 2003, Marshall Faulk and Priest Holmes each had 643 in 2001 and Tiki Barber has 641 in 2005.

A sleepy Johnson told Dan Patrick he doesn’t get caught from behind, after a game he hurts all over, he thought Bud Adams’ salute reflected the Titans’ attitude and Vince Young’s brought the Titans some swagger.

Here’s a link to the interview courtesy of Sports Radio Interviews.

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Domonique Foxworth's expected deal with the Ravens would leave the Rams' Ron Bartell as one of the few higher-profile cornerbacks still available.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic has not confirmed the Cardinals' reported interest in cornerback Bryant McFadden.

Also from Somers: Kurt Warner did not sound particularly upset about his contract situation while discussing the matter on Dan Patrick's radio show. The fact that Warner isn't lining up visits suggests he's still hoping to get something done with Arizona.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams have interest in 49ers free-agent tight end Billy Bajema. The team has not scheduled a formal visit, but discussions are ongoing. The Rams also hope to speak with Titans receiver Brandon Jones, who will first visit the 49ers.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer confirms the Seahawks' plans to meet with T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chris Canty.

Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger says the Giants plan to visit with Seahawks free-agent defensive tackle Rocky Bernard. Garafolo: "Bernard has also proven himself to be durable, as he's missed only three regular-season games in the past four seasons. The Giants would surely love to add such a reliable presence to the rotation at tackle with Fred Robbins and Barry Cofield." Bernard has played through knee problems.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers are showing interest in Cowboys tight end Tony Curtis. Curtis could replace Bajema, who is drawing interest from the 49ers, Jets and Rams.

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Boldin

Anquan Boldin's simmering contract dispute with the Cardinals could fade into the background as the season gets under way. That was the feeling I got from Boldin during his recent appearance on Dan Patrick's radio show. I transcribed the entire interview for my own use and thought a few issues deserved elaboration.

Boldin on his status: My status is, I'm a member of the Arizona Cardinals and as long as I'm a member of this team, I'm going to go out and give my all. I think I have an obligation to my teammates as well as the fans to go out and perform because they have worked just as hard as I have to prepare for this season and I don't want to give them anything less than what I have.

This is good news for the Cardinals, affirming Boldin's commitment to his teammates. That comment makes me think Boldin will not speak out about his contract throughout the season. On the other hand, Boldin also said he never wanted his initial comments to become a distraction. I take Boldin at his word on this, but now he knows the type of play such comments will command. The next time his agent or anyone else advises him to speak out, Boldin shouldn't be surprised when the story takes on its own momentum.

Boldin on fallout from his comments: The last thing I wanted to do was be a distraction in camp, a distraction to my teammates, because I don't want them having to answer questions about my situation.

Boldin also sought to clarify the part of his initial comments dealing with coach Ken Whisenhunt.

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