(Note: This is a reprint of a previous post, with some updating being at a later date than the original. I still feel it’s true so here it goes again.)
The Jets need depth at running back, that has been discussed at length. Shonn Greene needs a healthy complement, in order to be most effective. He has not show he can be a 300+ carry type of guy. Here on cut day, a guy has been released that would help the Jets. If he’s healthy, that guy is Tim Hightower.
One would say, “Why Tim Hightower? He hasn’t had a lot of success, and he is coming off ACL surgery!” I agree with that to a point. He would absolutely have to get some serious medical clearance, be worked out…etc., before they could offer him a deal. To the success issue, I say, take a hard look at his stats and see the success that he has had.
Look at the ground and pound offense when it has been at it’s best with the Jets. It has been at it’s best with an active pass catcher out of the backfield. Whether it has been Thomas Jones or LaDainian Tomlinson, this has been a key outlet for Mark Sanchez to be successful.
Shonn Greene has not been that guy, with only 46 catches so far in his young career. When Tim Hightower has played a full season, which he did in his first three, he averaged 40 catches per season. 40 catches! In 2009, Hightower had more receptions(63), than Greene has recorded in his career to date(46). This is the type of weapon needed to bring the ground and pound back to life.