BACKS AND RECEIVERS
Here, the question is unknowns, and depth. First let’s look at the running backs. First up is Shonn Greene. In 2011, Greene did rush for his first 1,000 yard season (1,054), but only rushed for 100 yards in a game twice. He actually rushed for under 60 yards more often (6 times). He is a good back, but the question is consistency.
With LaDanian Tomlinson gone, there are a lot of unknowns behind Greene. Joe McKnight proved to be an excellent kick returner, but has been limited in his time at running back, with only 43 carries for 134 yards in 2011. He rushed for 189 yards the year before that. We just don’t know if McKnight can make the grade as the second, change of pace, running back. Bilal Powell is another guy that will be there. A good college player at Louisville, has only had 13 carries so far at the NFL level. Again, we just don’t know.
Now we move on to the wide receivers, and we speak about the big one. Captain GrumpyPants, otherwise known as Santonio Holmes. We all know the story here. He made a lot of clutch catches in 2010. I still watch the catch he made against New England in the playoffs with awe. What a play that was. Then we have 2011, where Mr. Grumpy Pants came out. He didn’t get the football to his liking, and he turned sour, culminating in the incident in Miami. He’s been good so far, working out with Mark. If he is on good behavior, Holmes will be good. If not, he won’t.
The rest of the guys are just not known either. Aside from Dustin Keller, who led the team with 66 catches in 2011, and is Mark Sanchez’s security blanket, we have a pool of unknowns. Chaz Schillens will get every chance to be the number 2 guy, but with never having a season of more than 29 catches, we don’t know if he can do it. Jeremy Kerley had his moments as a returner and a receiver, and should fill a nice role as the number 3/slot guy. Patrick Turner doesn’t have enough of a body of work to give us an idea yet. Again, we just don’t know.