Chris Johnson didn't know that a few years ago Tennessee had opened a season at home with the Oakland Raiders and that Eddie George had run for 216-yards in Memphis.
That game was the first regular season game for he franchise then known as the Oilers after the move from Houston in 1997.
But franchise trivia facts weren't on Johnson's mind. The thought of 216 yards rushing was.
“Hopefully, that’ll give me a goal to do what he did. He had , so hopefully, I can do more,” Johnson said.
Johnson maintains his preseason goal that he wants to run for 2,500 yards this season, which would shatter Eric Dickerson’s single-season record of 2,105, and would also make CJ the first running back in the history of the NFL to reach 2,000 yards twice.
Johnson was reminded that in order to get to 2,500 yards he would have to average just over 156 yards per game.
“That starts this week. So I'll have me a little ticker counting down. 2,500 is the goal, so I'm sticking to that. I feel like it's very realistic,” Johnson said. “People didn't think 2,000 yards was realistic with the goal I set last year. I made a lot of people believers, so I'm going to stick to my goal.”
Johnson is at the same playing weight he was last year – 200 pounds, even though he had made it a goal to gain about 10 pounds.
“I’m at the same weight. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it back,” he said.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher has been on Johnson, making sure he maintains the right kind of diet.
“He just wants me to eat right and make sure I eat all my meals every day, not a certain food, but just make sure I’m eating and all those type things and that I’m in the weightroom lifting and all that stuff,” Johnson said.
So what does CJ like to eat when he is not at the facility?
“I’m a McDonald’s guy. I’m a Big Mac guy,” he said. “I can eat that when I’m away from the here and things like that. As far as when I’m here, they have certain things in the lunch room.”