Terrell Davis Questions Chris Johnson’s “Desire”



The biggest question heading into this NFL off-season centers around Titans running back Chris Johnson, and whether or not he has anything left in the tank.

The 28-year-old Johnson is due $8 million next season, and speculation has grown that Tennessee will not keep him around after watching him gain just 3.9 yards per carry this season.

In a story published by the Tennessean on Tuesday, former Denver Broncos tailback and current NFL Network analyst Terrell Davis indicated Johnson’s physical skills were still up to par in his opinion.

Davis just feel that Johnson has lost some of his desire.

“When I watch film, I don’t see the effort in him,” Davis told the Tennessean. “And I never, ever want to question somebody’s effort. But … the tape, it doesn’t lie. And I don’t see the desire I saw when he was Chris Johnson, the no-big-contract Chris Johnson.

“I see times when maybe he is not getting as many yards as he could. He could break a few more tackles, and maybe hit the hole a little harder at times.”

“Just come to work and play as hard as you can. And be proud the day you walk away and hang your cleats up.”

Johnson of course signed a four-year, $53.5 million contract before the 2011 season. Since then, he’s gained 4.1 yards per carry, gaining 3,367 yards on 817 attempts.