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Chris Johnson, Devin Hester got a chance to race a cheetah

Chris-Johnson-TitansHow fast are Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson and Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester? We know that they are two of the fastest players in the NFL, but how would they match up against the fastest land animal in the world? Apparently we’re about to find out.

According to The Tennessean, Johnson and Hester recently raced a cheetah for a special that will air in November to kick off Nat Geo Wild’s “Big Cat Week.” Of course, the players were separated from the cheetah by a barrier. It’s also important to note that a cheetah doesn’t understand the concept of friendly competition, so we’ll have to take the results with a grain of salt.

“This is most incredible challenge I’ve ever faced,” Johnson told entertainment site The Wrap. “I wanted to go up against the fastest in the world and test myself, and this was it!”

The segment, called “Man vs. Cheetah,” will compare Johnson’s and Hester’s speed, maneuverability and instincts to that of a cheetah. It will also look into whether cheetahs have hidden weaknesses in their athletic ability or if comparing them to humans will help understand what makes them such dangerous predators in the wild.

“We loved the idea of a face-off like no other between supreme athletes and an alpha predator,” executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo Wild Geoff Daniels said. “This isn’t sports, it’s amazing science. … And we are thrilled that Johnson and Hester — two record-setting NFL pros — are helping to kick off this unprecedented experiment during our network’s biggest week of the year.”

In reality, Johnson probably has a better chance of making good on his smack talk toward Usain Bolt or actually running a 40-yard dash in the time he claims he is capable of running it. Cheetahs can dash up to 70 mph. Michael Johnson holds the record for the fastest human at 23 mph. Enough said.

Chris Johnson will smoke this ginormous cigar if Titans win Super Bowl

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The Tennessee Titans are a long way from reaching the Super Bowl, but that hasn’t stopped running back Chris Johnson from picking out his victory cigar in the small case that the team pulls off a miracle run next season.

“I’m smoking that if we win the Super Bowl the whole cigar,” Johnson wrote on Instagram this week.

Now that’s something I would love to see. Johnson smoking that entire cigar? Dude would be passed out for a month if he tried that.

Would you look at the size of that thing? That’s not a cigar man, that’s a shillelagh. Yoenis Cespedes swings a bat smaller than that. You could probably crack a skull open with that blunt.

Shoot man, I’m not much of a Titans fan, but if them winning the Super Bowl means we get to watch CJ1K try to smoke that entire thing, I’m in. Heck, I’d even go pay-per-view of the postgame show to watch that smoke session.

As long as he doesn’t get caught smoking it during a game like this guy, I’m sure the Titans will have no problem with it.

Chris Johnson: ‘I have another 2,000-yard season in me’

Chris-Johnson-TitansThere once was a time when Chris Johnson had earned the nickname CJ2K. Those days are gone, as Johnson has been effective at times but disappointing for the most part since his 2,006-yard season in 2009. The Titans’ poor offensive line play has not made life easy on the 27-year-old, but his effort has been called into question on numerous occasions.

During an interview with Jim Rome on Tuesday, Johnson talked about how pleased he is with Tennessee for signing free agent guard Andy Levitre and taking another guard, Chance Warmack of Alabama, with its No. 10 overall pick in the draft. As a result, his confidence remains higher than ever.

“I know I have another 2,000 yard season in me,” Johnson said. “I would love to get 2,000 yards again, but I haven’t been to the playoffs since my rookie year, I want to get back there.”

Earlier this offseason, Johnson made it clear that he is unhappy with the team’s decision to bolster its backfield by signing former New York Jets running back Shonn Greene. However, he is not worried about losing goal line carries if he still handles most of the workload.

“Once the off-season started, being here, being in the playbook and seeing the type of things they’re trying to do, I don’t think it was really a bad choice,” Johnson said. “I’m not worried about him taking any carries. … At the end of the day you want to stay in there. [But] I’d rather have 2,000 yards than have 20 touchdowns, so you got to take the good with the bad.”

CJ also said back in February that he feels he is capable of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards, so he is no stranger to setting the bar high. If he runs hard for 16 games, we know Johnson has the talent to break the 2,000-yard mark. The fact that we haven’t seen that burst for three years probably isn’t a coincidence.

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Chris Johnson is not thrilled about the Titans signing Shonn Greene

The Tennessee Titans have decided they are going to stick with Chris Johnson for the immediate future, despite his decrease in production over the last few years. They did, however, bring in a security blanket by signing former New York Jets running back Shonn Greene to a three-year, $10 million contract.

Johnson is pleased that his team has been aggressive in free agency this offseason. But as you might imagine, he sounds a bit flustered by the addition of Greene.

“I have never been a big fan of the two-back system, so I don’t know how we plan on using him,” Johnson said according to The Tennesseean. “I’m not afraid of competition, but I was thinking we’d maybe get a draft pick for the other back. And you don’t give a guy that kind of money to be just a goal-line guy and in tough-yardage situations. So we’ll see what happens.”

Maybe they gave that guy that kind of money because they have no reason to trust Johnson anymore. Or maybe they want to give him some competition so he actually shows up every week. I’m guessing both factored into the decision.

“I’ll just roll with it. Of course I don’t want to carry the ball 30 or 40 times a game,” Johnson continued. “And I don’t mind a guy getting a carry or two. But if I am the main guy and it is supposed to be my team … it shouldn’t be an issue.”

You don’t need to be an NFL scout to know that Greene is nowhere near as talented as Johnson. Rushing for over 2,000 yards is no easy feat, but the Titans running game has not been consistent over the past two seasons. A lot of that has to do with their offensive line (as Johnson has been quick to point out) and scheme, but a lot of it has had to do with Johnson’s lack of effort. If Greene’s presence motivates CJ?K to return to his 2009 form, the Titans will gladly pay him a few million to ride the pine.

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Chris Johnson blames O-line for struggles, says he can break Eric Dickerson’s record

Chris Johnson seems to never know what to say about the Tennessee Titans offensive line. He has a rocky relationship with the unit, one minute thanking them for their hard work and the next taking a shot at his teammates for not doing their jobs.

Johnson started off incredibly slow last season before picking things up down the stretch and finishing with 1,243 yards. Many people feel that he was dogging it for much of the year. Others have blamed the offensive line and system. We know where CJ?K stands on the subject.

“What a lot of people don’t understand, I was playing with an offensive line that only had one starter,” Johnson told Around The League on Wednesday. “I had four offensive linemen hurt. I felt like I did good with the situation I was dealt.”

In reality, it was probably a combination of poor offensive line play and inconsistent effort from Johnson. Not to mention, the Titans passing offense was hardly a threat to opposing defenses, allowing them to hone in on CJ and the running game. However, Johnson believes he is capable of turning things around and getting back to being one of the league’s most feared rushers.

“Every running back’s goal is to break Eric Dickerson’s record,” he said. “It’s a situation where you’re working hard and you want to break 2,105. I believe I can do it.”

Andrew Siciliano of the NFL Network then asked Johnson if he believes he can break Dickerson’s record in 2013.

“I think I can,” he replied.

If you were to bet on anyone doing it, you’d be best off putting your money on Adrian Peterson. AP won a rushing title while playing through a sports hernia in 2012 and his surgeon believes he could come back even stronger next season. Unlike Johnson, his effort has never been questioned. There’s no reason to believe that Johnson will give it his all over the course of a 16-game season — especially if the Titans struggle as a team once again.

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Chris Johnson is tired of ‘all these subtractions and no additions’ from Titans

Following a disappointing 6-10 season, the Tennessee Titans decided to stick with Mike Munchak as their head coach. Other than the second-year coach, who has led the Titans to a 15-17 record in his first two seasons as the man in charge, it appears that no one on the Tennessee coaching staff is safe.

Since the offseason began for, the team has fired running backs coach Jim Skipper, special teams coach Alan Lowry, linebackers coach Frank Bush and tight ends coach John Zernhelt. It sounds like all of the house-cleaning has frustrated running back Chris Johnson.

Coincidentally (or not), Johnson’s tweet came just a short time after it was reported that Chip Kelly has agreed to become the next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Perhaps CJBarely1K is jealous that other teams are beginning exciting new eras while the Titans continue to fire their staff members without making any new hirings.

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Chris Johnson writes names of Newtown victims on his cleats (Picture)

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Chris Johnson was touched by the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., last Friday, and he is doing what he can to remember and honor the victims.

The Tennessee Titans running back wrote the names of the mass shooting victims on his cleats for Monday night’s game against the New York Jets.

“It’s just such a sad, sad situation. I wanted those people to know that we’re thinking about them,” Johnson told ESPN’s Lisa Salters. “I’m a parent, and my heart just goes out to them.”

Johnson is following athletes like Kevin Durant and LeBron James who had similar tributes over the weekend. We admire the gestures by all of them.

In addition to the tributes, it’s just as important for these players and others to advocate for ways to avoid such massacres. We need to be talking about increased gun control and ways to handle mentally ill people who present a danger to society so that this doesn’t happen again.

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