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JETS SIGN CHRIS JOHNSON TO A TWO YEAR DEAL:
The New York Jets sign former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson to a two year deal, according ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Johnson who went underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus this offseason, is looking forward to a fresh start and proving doubters wrong with the Jets.
"I have a fresh start. Now I am going to go out there with a chip on my shoulder," Johnson told The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt after the signing. "I know a lot of people are doubting me. I want to prove everybody wrong who has doubts in me."
Johnson is coming off career low 3.9 yds per carry, but the durable back still rushed for over 1,077 yards last season. CJ2K has never had a season where he did not rush for over 1,000 yards in his six years in the NFL.
The signing of Johnson should help open Jets passing attack because Johnson excelled at that last season for the Titans. Johnson had 8.2 yards per catch, 343 yards receiving, and 4 TDs.
Johnson joins Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory as the Jets main running backs. ( Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CRABTREE’S RETURN MAKES 49ERS A DIFFERENT TEAM - There’s a far different dynamic for Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers’ offense this time around against Carolina.
His name is Michael Crabtree.
Kaepernick had his least-productive game as a pro in a 10-9 loss to the Panthers on Nov. 10 at Candlestick Park, and the Niners had also lost tight end Vernon Davis to a first-half concussion that day.
Now, with two of Kaepernick’s top targets at full strength to complement Anquan Boldin, San Francisco (13-4) is riding a seven-game winning streak and ready for a different outcome in the NFC divisional playoffs Sunday at Charlotte.
It didn’t help Kaepernick’s cause getting sacked six times. He went 11 for 22 for 91 yards and an interception with a dismal 42.0 passer rating, his second-lowest of the season after a 20.1 rating in a 29-3 Week 2 loss at Seattle.
Add Crabtree and Davis to the mix and the Panthers have a lot more to deal with on defense other than focusing to slow down Frank Gore, who ran for 82 yards in the first meeting.
Crabtree caught eight passes for 125 yards Sunday in a 23-20 wild-card win at Green Bay. He returned for the final five games of the regular season following May surgery on a torn right Achilles tendon, making 19 receptions for 284 yards and a touchdown. His season debut came Dec. 1 against St. Louis.
"Offensively, they’ve got Michael Crabtree back 100 percent," Carolina coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday via the Charlotte Observer. "What it does is it gives them another weapon with a guy that has the ability to get open and make plays happen."
Coach Jim Harbaugh has taken his praise of Crabtree much further, saying he has never seen a player who can catch the ball as well as San Francisco’s fifth-year wideout who produced a career season a year ago pre-injury.
"I just have never personally seen anybody catch the ball better than Michael Crabtree does," Harbaugh said about San Francisco’s 10th overall pick in 2009. "He’s a highly competitive individual. It’s important for him to be good. It’s important for him to make plays. He’s got a lot of pride about his own personal performance and the team’s performance. And, he’s one of those guys that can really get his engine revved up for games and big games."
Crabtree insists he is still making strides each week, though he has looked nothing short of his old dominant self from the moment he stepped back on the field.
While Carolina’s stout defense has successfully contained mobile quarterbacks this year — such as Seattle’s Russell Wilson in a 12-7 season-opening loss for the Panthers — Kaepernick is on quite a roll with his speedy, long legs.
He ran seven times for 98 yards and also passed for 227 yards against the Packers.
Kaepernick has ample motivation this week, aside from getting his team one step closer to a Super Bowl return after falling just short last year. He was selected in the second round of the 2011 draft as the sixth quarterback taken, with the Panthers’ Cam Newton going No. 1 overall.
"It’s not something I’ll forget," Kaepernick said.
Crabtree just adds a dimension to an offense eager to prove something after settling for three field goals by Phil Dawson last time against Carolina. (Photo: Michael Macor/The San Francisco Chronicle)
It was a rough year for the Redskins and QB RGIII. Coming back from major knee surgery while at the same time trying to transition to a true pocket passer proved too much for the 2nd year star. There are a lot of things that contributed to the backslide of the team this year — internal politics, locker room back-biting, media hype and on and on. But let’s face it, the Skins did not play very well in any aspect. Special teams was to laugh, the defense showed sparks here and there, but for the most part fizzled, and the offense was, quite frankly, unenthusiastic. Redskins faithful are hoping that 2014 will ring in a new winning era — one that is minus one of two Shanahans.
Top 10 Amazing Perks of Being a Professional Athlete
#8You Get Endorsements
Once you’ve become one of the top players in your respective sport then endorsement contracts start flying at you from everywhere. Lebron James got paid $39 million last year for representing companies like Nike, Beats, and Samsung. Despite his image woes Tiger Woods STILL pulled in $33 million in endorsements, while rival Phil Mickelson edged him with $36 million. Last year Derrick Rose didn’t play a single minute and still made $17 million in endorsements. A-Rod used to have a deal with Armani that allowed him to walk into a store and take anything he wanted for free.
JETS TE KELLEN WINSLOW SUSPENDED FOUR GAMES FOR VIOLATING PED POLICY - The NFL announced on Friday that New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow has been suspended four games for violating the league’s performance enhancing substances policy.
Winslow was already listed as doubtful for this week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He leads the Jets with 17 catches and is tied for the team lead with two touchdowns this season.
Winslow has been missing from practice over the last couple of days. So there was speculation that he was upset about his role in the offense. Also there was speculation about how his knee is holding up. But Friday’s announcement answers all those questions.
The Jets will be without Winslow until he’s eligible to return on Monday, Nov. 4.