Jul 27, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (right) hands the ball off to running back Chad Spann (left) during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets' Profile: RB Chad Spann

Today we are going to talk about one of the newest Jets’ players. He has floated between practice squads since 2011, when he entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts. He is a running back, looking to push his way up the depth chart to make the Jets’ roster. Spotlight on RB Chad Spann, from Northern Illinois.


Chad Spann stands in at 5’8″, and weighs in at 201 pounds. At his pro day in 2011, he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.52 seconds, and the 3 coach drill in a quick 7.18 seconds. He was not a part of the NFL Combine.

Here are some highlights for those of us, myself included, that had never seen Spann before:


The first thing that jumps off the screen is the balance. Chad Spann is adept at keeping his feet when getting hit. It looks like he is going down, and he just isn’t. He also has breakaway speed that is evident. He can change directions on a dime, and he hits the hole as fast as anybody.


I am reaching here, but he is a little bit small, at only 5’8″ 201 pounds. He will be facing bigger guys in the pros and that might neutralize his strength a bit. The other thing I noticed is that he might not have the best hands. The one pass I saw, he caught it, but in his body, and bobbled a bit.

It will be an uphill climb, as Spann will be going against running backs with more experience. However, on an offense that was 28th in the league in scoring one year ago, anybody has a chance.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    just don’t tell him the jets need more weapons. we’ve already seen what happens when running backs misunderstand what that means. i’m beginning to think the goodson stunt on route 80 was the product of a more serious problem (if that’s even possible). and i have serious doubts about ever seeing him appear in a game for the jets. i mean, it’s been two months since the arrest. that should not be preventing him from reporting. i’m thinking failed drug test or serious mental issues. i hope not, of course, but why else wouldn’t he be here at this point?

    • TheJetPress

      I have been wondering the same thing Matr. I totally think that there is something we are not being told regarding this situation. I have a strange hunch that we will not see him at all. Maybe this Chad Spann gets a chance…

  • Paul Newbold

    Ivory already showing the injury issue (minor but an injury), Goodson appears to be a mistake. Can Ivory truly be an every day back? The next level of backs, you have to think the Jets have questions about, just because of the two off season signings. Powell looked good last season, he has potential, but I don’t see him carrying the load alone. McKnight has never really shined offensively, and rumors floated around that he might not make the team. Like I said before, this might be the most intriguing competitions at camp!

    • TheJetPress

      I totally agree on all of that Paul. The running back situation might be the most interesting after the quarterbacks.

  • matr dontelli iii

    it sounds like griffin has promise. if what they’re saying about ivory is true then that’s no big deal, but we’ll see. it’s far more important that he enter the season ready to go than he aggravate a minor injury in camp and have it affect him all season. i imagine powell sticks because of his verstility. if mcknight is fumbling in the preseason he’s probably cut. if they cut mcknight and goodson never shows we’re gonna be hurting at rb, but i can’t see them keeping mcknight if he can’t hold onto the ball. maybe we should set up some sort of loan/training program with coughlin to eliminate the fumbling. bohannon may be more important than any of us thought.

    • TheJetPress

      I am thinking more and more that McKnight will be the odd man out. I agree on Ivory, make sure he is ready to go week 1