This post is all about Chris Johnson. Even though Chris Johnson impressed this season, there are some doubters. This post is to fix that issue. Chris Johnson possess incredible speed that is vital to be successful in man-on-man defense.
Chris Johnson is perfect for the defense the Raiders run. He is the perfect compliment for Nnamdi Asomugha. Since Nnamdi efficiently takes care of his side of the field, the quarterback can only look one way, opposite of Nnamdi. Also, the quarterback has to deal with our pass rush, which we all just found out, was pretty solid.
This leaves Chris Johnson alone with the 2nd receiver of the opposing team, most of the time. His covering the 2nd receiver is sort of like underusing him because he can be a starter. Don't forget, he started every game Nnamdi wasn't playing. The Tampa bay game is the one that comes to mind. He kept Antonio Bryant shut down for most of the game. I also remember him surprising everyone by playing Nnamdi's man, Brandon Marshall against the Denver Broncos and shutting him down also. In other words, he is more of a capable starter than we think. However, against 2nd string receivers, he is amazing. He gave Eddie Royal hell when we played him. We all know what Eddie Royal can do, and he shut him down.
There's one thing about Chris Johnson I hate to admit. That is he is better at catching the ball than Nnamdi. He has the blazing speed to recover distance lost by cuts from opposing receivers and the distance lost by quarterbacks leading a receiver. This makes him better at getting the interception than any player on our defense. This is the reason he was the leading Interception leader on our team this year. I believe.
Another upside to Chris Johnson is he has the big play ability. His quickness allows him to make interception after interception, while being able to return it for a Touchdown. I don't think he had any this year, but we all know we get off our feets once he intercepts a ball and begins turning up the field. He returned one against Denver, but the referees didn't want to disappoint the crowd and called a penalty. He also almost had one against the Chiefs, but fell one yard short. He is the person we thought we were going to get out of Deangelo Hall. He is the Deangelo Hall of man-on-man defense.
Additionally, Chris Johnson has great play recognition. He uses it for most importantly his pass game, but also for the run game. His experience is so vital to our defense. He made a lot of important tackles. The game against the Houston Texans, he showcased his tackling ability. I forgot who he tackled, but I know it was a great, open-field tackle. His presence helps our run defense which can only be a positive.
He also saved a couple blown plays this year against the Buccaneers and Texans.
Thus, one can see Chris Johnson is a great player for our defense. He fits in perfectly and his attributes are vital. He will be great this year and I plan to see his name appear more often within the NFL.