Chris Johnson, the Tennessee Titans star running back, said “I feel I am still the best back in the league, and I have no problem saying that,” in a report from Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean on Sunday:
“I know it is one of those ‘What have you done for me lately?’ situations,” Johnson said. “People are not going to look at me as the No. 1 running back in the league. There are people out there who aren’t going to give me the respect I deserve. But at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks. [I] feel I am still the best back in the league, and I have no problem saying that. None of the active backs have done anything that I have done in the first four years, even though I had a bad year last year. So I still feel like I am the best back in the league.”
Johnson has the most rushing yards of any running back since 2008 and became the sixth player in NFL history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season in 2009. But because of injuries last year, he finished the season with 1,047 yards including a streak of five games in which he failed to rush for more than 25 yards.
He signed a $53 million contract extension last September and despite the underwhelming year, the Titans fully guaranteed him for $8 million.