Jets' Chris Johnson: 'I'll be ready'

Updated: June 18, 2014, 6:04 PM ET
By Jane McManus |

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- After taking part in individual workouts for the second straight day, Jets running back Chris Johnson said he will be ready for the team's training camp in July.

Acquired in the offseason from the Titans, Johnson had knee surgery five months ago.

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AP Photo/Bill KostrounChris Johnson said he will be ready to go for Jets' training camp after knee surgery five months ago.

Johnson said Monday he was given the OK to do individual drills during the team's mandatory minicamp. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound back said he started to feel better faster than he expected to after getting the work.

Jets general manager John Idzik is optimistic Johnson will be ready to go when the Jets head to Cortland, New York.

"We would hope so," Idzik said. "We're taking a little bit more conservative path with some of our guys, I think you've seen, Chris being one of them. There's a couple weeks between now and the 23rd when we report, so we'll see how he is come report date."

It was a good piece of news for the Jets on a day when running back Chris Ivory left practice early due to a rolled ankle and Mike Goodson was released with the designation "left squad."

In their wake, Bilal Powell and Alex Green took the majority of reps in the second practice of the three-day minicamp.

"I'm expecting great things out of our backfield in general," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "Adding Chris Johnson to what we already have in Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, I think we're deep and talented at that spot. Physically, I think our guys have been pleased with him. You see that straight-line speed when he works out. We're taking a slow approach with him. That's why we're not rushing him into minicamp. We want Chris healthy. We want both our Chrises healthy."

Johnson said he feels like he is getting there faster than expected and added that he preferred any work on the field to standing on the sideline.

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.



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