4. The backfield steps up and delivers under the new offensive philosophy.
The jets do not have a franchise player at the running back position. What they do have, are a number of talented backs who can each fill a niche within the offense. The incumbent starter Shonn Greene is a big back with good patients and a solid burst through the line of scrimmage. He won’t break off huge runs consistently, but Greene posses enough speed to execute stretch runs to the outside and has the power to break tackles on the inside run game. Staying healthy will be the key in 2012.
On the other hand Joe McKnight will break enough long runs to be a threat this upcoming season. Added bulk will allow McKnight to remain on the field more on early downs and build a larger role in the offense. McKnight has been used sparingly so far in his NFL career but his speed and quickness can give defenses fits. Holding onto the football and catching the ball consistently will be the biggest hurdles for this speedy back in the upcoming season.
2011 draft pick Bilal Powell and 2012 draft pick Terrance Ganaway bring a physical presence to the ground and pound philosophy the Jets plan to utilize this year. Bilal Powell has a good burst and solid vision while Ganaway is a 240lb bruising back who can see his share of goalline carries. Together these two rookies can help to fill supplementary roles in the Jets backfield and help to give a different look to what will be an often used group.