INDIANAPOLIS — Tennessee Titans star Chris Johnson’s phenomenal success in his NFL career now has other running back hopefuls here at the Combine hoping to emulate him in some way, shape or form.
Ole Miss standout Dexter McCluster said here Saturday that he has watched and rewatched Johnson’s outstanding 4.24 run here two years ago, as well as watching Johnson’s play on the football field for the Titans on his laptop computer.
“Every time on the computer I watch him, it doesn’t look like he’s really moving that fast, but he’s moving on the field and off the field,” McCluster said. “Just getting that motivation of seeing him do it, obviously we have two different techniques of running, different starts and everything but it’s good to see to get certain keys on what he’s doing.”
McCluster said he might watch highlights of both Johnson and himself as he readies to run the 40-yard dash here.
Johnson became only the sixth player in NFL history to reach the 2,000-yard plateau by rushing for 2,006 yards this past season.
“Chris Johnson, I watch him play all the time, and I want to try and see if I can do the same thing,” McCluster said. “Seeing him on the field, he’s electrifying. He can make one guy miss and make something out of nothing. He has the top end speed, and he’ll stick it up in there.”
McCluster, who weighed in at 172 pounds, is some 25 pounds lighter than Johnson, but says the impact guys like Johnson, Percy Harvin and Reggie Bush have had as impact playmakers around the league can only help his chances to make it in the league.
“Chris Johnson [having success] helped me out and a lot of other guys helped me out too,” McCluster said. “It’s good to have some people like that having great success and contributing to a team. That way I can step in and show them that I can have that same type of impact.”
Teams are apparently looking at McCluster as more of a jack-of-all-trades type, who can play some at receiver, some at running back and as a return man.
“The sense I’m getting is pretty much what I was doing at Ole Miss, creating mismatches,” McCluster said. “All I want is the opportunity to do it, and I promise them if they give me the opportunity, I won’t let them down. I can pretty much play anywhere. I feel comfortable as a running back and as a receiver.”
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