This morning, we take a look at another guy fighting for a spot on the depth chart of the New York Jets. It’s a deep group so it won’t be easy. He was a UDFA out of UMass in 2011, and his found his way to New York. Spotlight on RB John Griffin.
He measures in at 5’11″ 208 pounds.
He rushed 168 times for 848 yards and 5 TDs in his senior year.
Here are some highlights from that senior season:
PROS:First of all, his north/south running style is just what you want. He is quick when he gets the ball to go north and south, he sees the hole and he hits it, without dancing. He also has good footwork, which allows him to make the first guy miss. He has great burst around the edge, no doubt.
CONS:At 5’11″ 208 pounds, he is a bit small for a professional back, and that is seen in the plays on the tape. The majority of the plays are outside the tackles, and the ones that aren’t, primarily are based on mis-direction. He is not big enough to run between the tackles every down and get the job done. Outside plays are nice, but you have to be able to consistently run between the tackles as well. Also, he is obviously not a great pass receiver, since no passing plays were included on the tape. His competition level wasn’t great at UMass either.
Making this team will be a tough road for John Griffin. The depth chart is a long one. That being said, Bilal Powell hasn’t done very much yet, so making the back of the chart is not out of the question. If he has a good camp, and can add something on special teams, all the better. If not, I am thinking more in terms of the practice squard for John Griffin, but we certainly wish him great luck in working hard to make the Jets.