No. 1 Titans pick quickly makes his mark
Rookie Johnson sprints for 66-yard touchdown
By JIM WYATT • Staff Writer • August 10, 2008
It didn't take Chris Johnson long to create his "Welcome to the NFL" moment.
In what seemed like a split-second, the Titans rookie running back nearly went from one end of LP Field to the other on a 66-yard touchdown run. It was the highlight of Tennessee's 34-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
"I didn't blink, I saw it,'' tight end Alge Crumpler said. "Everybody else looked like they were running for their lives and he was just so smooth. … I'm anxious to see the replay because it happened so fast.''
While most Titans fans came to LP Field looking to gauge the progress of quarterback Vince Young and last year's fifth-ranked defense, undoubtedly the majority left talking about Johnson.
He electrified the crowd, his coaches and his teammates in the second quarter when he took a handoff from Kerry Collins and raced untouched into the end zone. The run accounted for the bulk of Johnson's 77 yards on six carries and was part of a 340-yard rushing night for the Titans. He also caught a pass for 13 yards.
"I didn't know I'd have a run like that in the first game,'' Johnson said with a smile. "I just wanted to come in and have a good game, and let the organization know they didn't make a mistake with the first round pick.''
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