Johnson rushed 11 times for 45 yards and caught both of his targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Patriots. With Frank Gore (chest) and La'Mical Perine (illness) inactive, Johnson split carries with Josh Adams, who had a nearly identical 47 yards on 11 carries but also found the end zone. The 23-year-old Johnson finishes his season with 254 yards and a touchdown on 54 carries, along with 99 yards and a touchdown on 16 catches. He's favored to secure a depth role in New York's backfield next season, though Johnson will likely have competition for a roster spot.
Johnson is expected to serve as the Jets' feature back Sunday against the Patriots with both Frank Gore (bruised lung) and La'Mical Perine (reserve/COVID-19 list) sidelined, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. Johnson had the Jets backfield mostly to himself one other time this season, and he produced 104 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries after Gore got hurt early in a Week 13 loss to the Raiders. New England's defense has been vulnerable against the run this season, so Johnson could make for an intriguing fantasy option in both season-long and DFS formats in Week 17. In addition to his big game on the ground against the Raiders, Johnson has shown an ability to contribute as a pass catcher out of the backfield, as evidenced by his six-reception effort versus the Rams in Week 15. Josh Adams should also factor into the Jets' backfield rotation, but Johnson's involvement in the passing game seemingly gives him the higher overall fantasy ceiling.
Johnson rushed twice for 13 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Browns. Johnson ranked a distant third in carries among Jets running backs behind Frank Gore (14) and La'Mical Perine (nine) in Perine's return from an ankle injury. New York played from ahead for the final three quarters, so Johnson's pass-catching skills out of the backfield weren't called upon after last week's six-catch performance. Gore left in the second half with a chest injury, and if he's unable to play in next week's season finale in New England, Johnson would likely take on a larger role on passing downs while Perine handles the bulk of the early-down work.
Johnson carried the ball three times for 16 yards and caught all six of his targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 upset of the Rams. The running back opened the scoring in the first quarter by taking a short pass from Sam Darnold 18 yards to the pylon, setting the stage for the Jets' first win of the season. Johnson took a back seat to Frank Gore (24 touches) most of the rest of the afternoon, but assuming the team doesn't shock another playoff-bound team in Week 16, he could see a bigger workload as the Jets try to keep up with the Browns.
Johnson rushed eight times for 16 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 40-3 loss to Seattle. One week after topping 100 yards on the ground and finding the end zone, Johnson was bottled up while splitting carries with both Frank Gore (eight) and Josh Adams (six). As long as Gore's healthy, Johnson will have a hard time getting enough touches to move the needle much. Up next is a Week 15 road matchup with the Rams.
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