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The Jets know that Chris Johnson is no longer in the prime of his career, so they will be "strategic" in how they use him, running backs coach Anthony Lynn said (Cosentino, June 25).

"We're going to have to be strategic in how we use him, and when we use him, to keep him fresh so that he can be the explosive guy that I know that he can be," Lynn said.

Johnson is 29-years-old and is working back from a torn meniscus in his knee, which held him out of OTAs and minicamp until mid-June.

He will likely be paired with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell in the backfield during the season.

"With [Johnson's] skill-set, combined with Ivory's power-running game, and Powell's more of a combination of both, it's a really good quality to have in the room," Lynn said.

It makes perfect sense.  Unless the wheels come off both Ivory and Powell there's no reason to use Chris Johnson as the team's workhorse.  The plan was similar for LaDainian Tomlinson a few years ago when he came to the team, but with Shonn Greene's lack of production Tomlinson was thrust into a larger role.

The value that Johnson brings to the team is the big play threat through either the catch or run, Ivory and Powell don't have that same explosiveness, so when it comes down to the "three yards and a could of dust" work, it's perfectly understandable why the Jets would want others to step up to allow Johnson to be used more effectively and efficiently as a big play weapon.

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