Chris Johnson sat out all of training camp and preseason, waiting a whopping 35 days before he finally joined his teammates with a new deal.
The rust for Johnson was in full effect on Sunday in Jacksonville, as the former 2,000 yard rusher had little to no impact on the game as the Titans fell to the Jaguars 16-14.
The numbers for Johnson, nine carries for 24 yards — the third-fewest yards of his career.
“I didn’t really have much opportunity to run the ball,” Johnson said after the loss. “At the end of the day, my opportunities will be better. I just feel that we need work as an offensive unit as a whole to stay on the field.”
Not having a big day from C.J. also put new Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck in a tough spot, as he was forced to try and rally the team back from being down 13-0 and then 16-7 with 12:22 to play in the game.
Hasselbeck hung in, and gave the Titans a chance to win the game. In his debut he finished 21 of 34 for 263 yards with two touchdowns and one interception on the Titans’ final offensive play.
“I was probably a little bit fast on things, on my rhythm. We need to get more crisp on stuff. We were just a little bit off here and there,” said Hasselbeck.
As a whole the Titans offense was pretty tough to watch, holding the ball for just 20:22 and they ran for just 43 yards on 13 carries, a 3.3 yards per carry average.
Offensive coordinator Chris Palmer seemed to want to keep the mood upbeat and positive after the team fell to 0-1 after falling to the Jack Del Rio led Jags.
“When we were down, we scored. Our guys didn’t quit, they kept working and that’s a tribute to them. Now, we just have to get it to where we play for 60 minutes,” Palmer said.
They will have that shot Sunday against a Ravens team that dismantled the Steelers Sunday 35-7 at home. Johnson is going to need to have a big day, as well the rest of the offense, if they don’t want to fall to 0-2 on the young season.