Shonn Greene Will Exceed 1,500 Yards in 2012

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June 14, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Shonn Greene (23) runs with the ball during minicamp at the Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

We all know about the re-committment to the Ground and Pound in 2012. That means a heavy and steady dose of Shonn Greene in the upcoming year. There is a lot of debate as to whether or not Greene can handle the heavy load, and be the back that the Jets need. Shonn has shown flashes, but admittedly has not been outstanding yet. The questions are valid.

The answer is yes, Greene can be the lead back that the Jets need. Furthermore, he will show it in 2012 by going over 1,500 yards.

Let’s talk about the flashes that Shonn Greene has shown. Like his draft classmate Mark Sanchez, he has stepped up his game in the playoffs. Remember 2009, where he topped all rushers in the postseason with 304 yards? He added a whopping 5.6 yard per carry average in that postseason. We all remember this, from the playoff game against the Chargers:

There was no question that Greene is an explosive back. That season, by the way, Greene averaged 5.0 yards per carry during the regular year in a backup role to Thomas Jones. These are flashes that could not be ignored.

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