2013 New York Jets Training Camp Preview: Part II-Backs and Receivers

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November 18, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory (29) runs with the ball before the start of the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The homestretch is on. Training camp is almost here. So, let’s continue our journey through the roster, on our training camp review. Yesterday, we previewed the quarterback competition.  Moving on today, we are going to look at the backs and wide receivers.

RUNNING BACKS

The competitors: Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson, Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight, John Griffin.

Your biggest lock out of this group is Chris Ivory. He is an explosive back that has been dominant whenever he has had the chance. He has the ability to earn yards after first contact, and will make everybody forget about Shonn Greene rather quickly.

It seems as if Mike Goodson is going to be here as well. The Jets are letting the legal process run its course before making a move. It will take some time so Goodson will be here, and should make a good 1-2 punch with Ivory. They both can catch the football and make people miss, which make them excellent candidates for the West Coast offensive system.

The primary backup is going to be Bilal Powell. His stats of 110 carries for 437 yards don’t jump off the page, but the way he developed as the season went along in 2012 does. Over the last 5 weeks, Powell rushed for over 4 yards per carry in 4 of those weeks. It was his best work all season, and he is ready to take his play to the next level.

The X-Factors are going to be Joe McKnight and John Griffin. There are a lot of unknowns with Griffin. He was looking pretty good during camp 2012 before his bid for a roster spot ended due to injuries. He has the potential to crack the depth chart, as does Joe McKnight. He has the better chance to make it there, but with the wide receivers that worked out as kick returners, one has to wonder if the Jets value his ability as a kick returner?

Initial prediction? Depth chart will read: Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson, Bilal Powell.

FULLBACK

The competitors: Lex Hilliard, Tommy Bohanon.

Normally we don’t talk much about a fullback competition, but in a West Coast offense, it’s important. It has served an important position in the Marty Mornhinweg offense before, see Corey Schlesinger and his development under Marty. A fullback has to be able to catch the football, in addition to serving the role as lead blocker. Tommy Bohanon has a reputation as an excellent pass catcher, which is why I believe he will start at fullback for the Jets.

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  • Bennny K

    ” Well, Jeremy Kerley was around last year, but I think we can all agree that he didn’t do enough to be considered a lock to make this team”

    Was this a mistake? I think Kerley is a lock. He’s actually a true weapon. Maybe this year hell be on the radar and other teams will need to account for him.

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks @disqus_Ug3L4uKZFY:disqus that was a mistake…that should have been Clyde Gates….going to fix it now

      • Bennny K

        In that case I agree. I would rather give Shanahan, Rogers and or White a shot over Gates.

        • TheJetPress

          Thanks again for catching that. I agree with giving all those guys a shot

  • Jeremy Gant

    I think we need to trade for a wr asap by all means we need a true number 1 because geno is the truth but with no weapons it’s gonna be hard for anyone let alone a rookie tone is a great number2 we need a go to guy

    • TheJetPress

      any thoughts on who might be out there? and how we could pull off a trade?

      • Bennny K

        I keep saying Lloyd but if you think about he has to pretty bad. The Pats cut him but gave AH a $40 million extension. How bad can this guy be if he was cut for making $3 mill and no other team has signed him?

        • TheJetPress

          I would love for them to make a run at Lloyd, but there has to be a reason they aren’t. Maybe he’s a locker room headache?

        • matr dontelli iii

          now you’re talkin’ bennny. the problem with the guys that are out there is they’re basically over the hill and have maybe a year or two left, and not promising years at that. anybody we bring in is gonna take a roster spot from a first or second year guy with upside and promise. sure i want a true number one receiver, but if hill doesn’t become one then i think we should wait and draft one next year who could possibly take holmes’ spot. in the meantime we should be hoping spadola, white or rogers can fulfill the promise that has them here. for this year i’d rather leave it to our defense and see what marty can do with the running game and the second rate bunch we’ve got and maybe turn a udfa into a real receiver. i’d hate to see someone go from our camp to being a productive player elsewhere, especially while we struggle to find weapons, or worse, hobble around with over the hill players nobody else wants. yuk. and if we cut hayden smith i’ll be very upset. you don’t wanna see me rant after that!

      • Jeremy Gant

        kenny britt would come to mind or jeremy maclin also would be worth a shot and what are the chances of us trading for steadman baily rookie rights maclin would cost maybe 2nd rd pick britt and baily would a 3rd and may a late pick, philly may also like k.wilson so he could be trade bait

        • TheJetPress

          I’m not sure they would be interested in Britt, with his off the field stuff. Steadmman Baily might be intereresting, and I have always liked Maclin.

          • matr dontelli iii

            not that we should concern ourselves with, and i know idzik couldn’t care less about, the media, but they would have a field day if we grabbed britt. too much baggage and he’s not learning his lesson. he’s just bad news. cut from the same mold as hernandez, an enabled punk who just doesn’t get it. not that anyone cares but i really, really dont want hm here.

          • TheJetPress

            I like Britt’s talent, but I agree, far too much baggage

  • Paul Newbold

    The RB group has held my attention all offseason. The Jets have an abundance of “not fully proven” backs on the roster. Both Goodson and Ivory have been reported to be fast explosive backs, but their experience is limited for the most part. Powell I thought would develop into the future if given the chance, but the Jets must have seen something they find lacking. McKnight is a mystery..he’s never really been a RB on this team, kick returner and special teams. I like McKnight’s attributes, I think he’d be awesome running screens in the west coast, but I do believe he’s going to be another “woodhead”, lost in the numbers game.

    • TheJetPress

      it’s interesting how he has fallen through the cracks isn’t it? McKnight is so talented, but has never found his niche here.

      • Paul Newbold

        Not sure if he’s ever been given a real chance to show case his abilities, but we’ve seen plenty of flashes! Given the chance I’m sure he’ll make a good change of pace back somewhere else. It would be a shame to let him walk and then have Goodson arrested again or suspended by the league. Seems to me a big gamble on Goodson, if you loose a talented player.

        • TheJetPress

          I agree. If Joe walks, and Goodson gets into more trouble it could be a big problem.

  • Paul Newbold

    FB, I think the Jets keep both, with Hilliard backing up Bohanan. As you pointed out the west coast needs an effective blocking FB.

    • TheJetPress

      not impossble, keeping them both.

  • Paul Newbold

    WR is anyone’s guess!! The amount of different opinions on this group, only goes to show how bad a situation this group is in! Just my opinion but the only NFL quality receiver we have currently is Holmes (and that is if he has anything left after surgery). Kerley has been adequate but not quality, Hill has potential, but shown little. The rest is a group of, has beens, rejects, rookies and UDFA’s!! This group will need to step up huge if the Jets offense is going to improve over last year!! I’m hoping they can find two legitimate wide outs to man the outside for 2014 in the draft next year!! With the questions at the position and at TE, I hardly believe our offense will rank much better than last year regardless who plays QB!

    • TheJetPress

      That’s an unfortunate possibility, but a legitimate one.