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    Cimini: A healthy CJ2K changes everything for Jets

    Eric Decker gets the money and Michael Vick gets the headlines, but Chris Johnson is the key newcomer on the New York Jets' offense. If healthy, he's the one player who can change the way opponents look at the Jets. He gives Rex Ryan something he has never had -- a home-run threat in the backfield.

    Forget about Ground & Pound. If Johnson is anywhere close to his "CJ2K" level of 2009, it'll be Ground & Hound -- as in greyhound.

    Johnson, 28, is the Jets' most accomplished skill-position player since LaDainian Tomlinson, a rare talent who transcends the "what have you done for me lately?" principle. Johnson was just ordinary last season for the Tennessee Titans, but a player of his stature gets the benefit of the doubt. His past is good enough to impact the present. He will command respect, and that gives the Jets a legitimate X factor.

    "That guy, he's one of the best," Titans cornerback Jason McCourty said last week. "A lot of people have talked about how he's lost it. I think he'll get out there and prove he hasn't lost a step and can still play."

    Obviously, the Jets think so, signing Johnson to a two-year, $8 million contract after he was unceremoniously fired by the Titans after five 1,000-yard seasons and one 2,000-yard season. It's a cold business, the NFL.

    Anticipating his release, the Jets did a lot of tape study on Johnson. What they saw was a still-gifted back who was restricted by a bum knee and a mediocre offensive line in Tennessee. Doctors took care of the knee, repairing a torn meniscus with an arthroscopic procedure in January. Now it'll be up to the Jets' line to take care of the blocking.

    You don't have to be Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight to detect the downward trend in Johnson's career. His production dropped significantly in two of the past three years, underscored by his 3.9 yards per rush last season, a career low.

    On the flip side, he has never failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark and he has never missed a game due to injury, extraordinary durability for a running back. McCourty said he can't recall Johnson missing more than five practices over the past five years.

    The Jets kept their pre-owned Ferrari in the garage during the offseason, taking no chances. Johnson was limited to light work on the field, but he should be ready for training camp. The goal is to make sure he's humming by Sept. 7, the season opener.

    Barring a setback, Johnson will change the dynamics of the Jets' rushing game. For years, they've been a predictable, five-hole attack, with the likes of Chris Ivory and Shonn Greene pounding away between the tackles. Because of his speed to the outside -- the man once raced a cheetah on TV -- Johnson can stretch a defense horizontally. That will soften the belly of the defense.

    "He's unique because, at any moment, he can score," Hall of Famer Curtis Martin said.

    Martin knows great running backs. On his personal list, he lists Jim Brown, Barry Sanders and Adrian Peterson as the best in history. Martin said Johnson "had a chance" to challenge the Big Three. He spoke of Johnson in the past tense, but that doesn't mean Martin thinks he's washed up.

    "With things even across the board -- the blocking is the same, quarterback is the same -- I still think he's one of the best running backs in the league," Martin said. "I'll say this: He has as much talent as anyone in the league."

    Johnson has 12 rushes of 50-plus yards since 2008, second only to Peterson (17), according to ESPN Stats & Information. Johnson didn't break any long, highlight-film runs last year -- who can forget his 94-yard touchdown against the Jets in 2012? -- but his mere presence forced opponents to crowd the line of scrimmage. Only two backs, Peterson and Frank Gore, ran against more eight-man fronts in 2013.

    "He's a first-ballot Hall of Famer," Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said.

    You put Johnson with a mobile quarterback, whether it's Geno Smith or Vick, and you're putting stress on a defense. You're forcing the defense to bring down a safety, creating opportunities in the passing game. You're doing something the Jets haven't done in a long time: Putting a player out there who actually scares a defense.

    Decker is a solid receiver, but he's not a game-changer. Vick, if he's playing, isn't that guy anymore. Johnson still has a chance.

    "Oh, man, he's that one-shot, home-run guy," McCourty said.

    McCourty didn't want to get into his former teammate's bitter divorce from the Titans, and how Johnson has criticized the organization for mistreating him. But McCourty knows this: Johnson's fire is raging. As Tomlinson showed in 2010, a once-great runner with a chip on his shoulder can be dangerous.

    "When a team releases you and there are doubters, people saying stuff, it definitely gives you that kick in the ass that you need," McCourty said. "I look forward to watching him and I hope he has an amazing year. I hope he crushes every team he faces -- except us."

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york-jet...ything-for-nyj

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    In other news, water is wet and Fatcessa is Fat.

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    Groundbreaking stuff here.

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    We wanted to see positive spin from Cimini and this is a nice read, I will take "Ground and Hound" over "Mr Jessie James" Decker any day

    Looking forward to watching CJ in green and white

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    Does Cimini get paid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leftturn3 View Post
    Does Cimini get paid?
    I think he gets Money-shots but I'm not sure....

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    That's the first article I have read from Dick in a long time that had a somewhat positive tinge to it.

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    ^ Tinge or Tingle?


    But yeah I was just as surprised. Maybe it's just a quota of his to create at least one POSITIVE article a month(a year?) for the team.

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    It's not even like he's overtly negative. He's pretty objective for the most part, calls it as he sees it.

    Is Cimini slightly more negative than not? Sure he is. But look at the organization he's covering. I don't even think that the Iraqi Defense Minister could spin half the **** that's come out of this team over the last three years.

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    "Forget about Ground & Pound. If Johnson is anywhere close to his "CJ2K" level of 2009, it'll be Ground & Hound -- as in greyhound."

    Pulitzer material?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vin View Post
    ^ Tinge or Tingle?


    But yeah I was just as surprised. Maybe it's just a quota of his to create at least one POSITIVE article a month(a year?) for the team.
    Tinge sounds like fringe but with a "T'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Sanders View Post
    It's not even like he's overtly negative. He's pretty objective for the most part, calls it as he sees it.

    Is Cimini slightly more negative than not? Sure he is. But look at the organization he's covering. I don't even think that the Iraqi Defense Minister could spin half the **** that's come out of this team over the last three years.
    You mean "Baghdad Bob?". He was great. I think he's been reborn as Greg Buttle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Sanders View Post
    It's not even like he's overtly negative. He's pretty objective for the most part, calls it as he sees it.
    Stopped reading right there.

    Hi Dick.
    Last edited by ARodFLKeysJetsFan; 07-04-2014 at 12:14 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossfire View Post
    "Forget about Ground & Pound. If Johnson is anywhere close to his "CJ2K" level of 2009, it'll be Ground & Hound -- as in greyhound."

    Pulitzer material?
    Jeez.. This guy really went to school for this shlt?! And does this for a JOB?! I see facebook posts written better than this by complete morons on a daily basis.

    He reminds me of that lying weasel "reporter" on The Wire

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARodFLKeysJetsFan View Post
    Tinge sounds like fringe but with a "T'.
    yeah. I kind of went with the actual spelling than the actual pronunciation. Silly me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vin View Post
    yeah. I kind of went with the actual spelling than the actual pronunciation. Silly me.
    To be honest, I don't even know if "tinge" is an actual word or not but it's one that I have always used as a synonym for "a feel, vibe or hint of".

    Edit:

    1) tinge

    Show IPA verb (used with object), tinged, tinge·ing or ting·ing.

    1. to impart a trace or slight degree of some color to; tint.
    2. to impart a slight taste or smell to.
    3. a slight degree of coloration.
    4. a slight admixture, as of some qualifying property or characteristic; trace; smattering: a tinge of garlic; a tinge of anger.
    Last edited by ARodFLKeysJetsFan; 07-04-2014 at 11:52 AM.

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    Arod and Vin, forget "tinge".

    Pronounce "Cimini".

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_0515 View Post
    Arod and Vin, forget "tinge".

    Pronounce "Cimini".
    Semen-eeeeee
    Last edited by ARodFLKeysJetsFan; 07-04-2014 at 11:51 AM.

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    I'm surprised he didn't write about Geno being the worst quarterback in the league. Oh maybe Joe Namath
    said it all, I'll be posting about Namath and Geno soon, no one would bother to read cimini if he didn't troll,
    he's a negative nelly who wishes he covered the Giants, he can't help himself, covering the team he hates
    while being so close to his beloved Giants, it's bitter irony - he wants the Giant job bad but it will never
    be, ESPN sucks.
    Last edited by Intellifan; 07-04-2014 at 11:55 AM.

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    Well, now that Mark San**** is gone I guess this turd has a new favorite player. Such a disgrace to journalism.

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