New York Jets Current Running Back Situation

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Dec 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the San Diego Chargers at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Bilal Powell- Powell is a guy who has not been talked about much this offseason. With the additions of Ivory and Goodson, it seems that Powell may be flying under the radar. Last season, when given the opportunity to play, Powell was very effective and certainly made a name for himself. Powell does not do anything exceptionally well, but is solid in all areas. This season I expect Powell to get his fair share of carries, similar to his role last season. Powell will serve as a good backup to Ivory, while still being able to make an impact each week. With this only being his 3rd season in the league, Powell will once again have the chance to make strides in hopes to be a starting running back in the league.

Joe McKnight- Joe McKnight has never really been a big part of the Jets running game ever since he came out of USC. Instead, McKnight has been a very solid kick returner for the Jets and is a vital part of the special teams unit. But McKnight does not seem to be satisfied with just being a special teams player. This offseason McKnight seems to be really motivated to make an impact on offense. He has even said that they will have to “kill” him to take his roster spot. In my opinion, I always thought Joe should have been used more on offense. I think he can be very valuable in the passing game. McKnight certainly has his work cut out for him this season if he really wants to be used on offense. If given the chance, the Jets have a good group of 4 solid running backs for the 2013 season.

John Griffin- John Griffin is a player who has not had the opportunity to show his talents due to being buried on the depth chart and his battles with injuries. Griffin has good speed and has received praise from Jets running back coach Anthony Lynn in the past. Griffin will be facing an uphill battle this offseason to make the Jets team, but he is certainly name to keep an eye on.

Just a quick outlook on the Jets running Backs heading into the 2013 season. The running game should be much improved over last season as long as the offensive line is strong. I expect 4 of these backs to make the roster. What do you think?

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