Besides the defensive line, there may not be one position on the Jets that is deeper than running back. While this position was even a strength for the Jets in 2013-2014, this season they have an even better backfield. Lets take a look at the guys who make up the Jets start studded backfield.
Chris Ivory- After being traded to the Jets from the Saints before the 2013 season started, as soon as he walked in the door it was clear that the powerful runner would have a chance to start right away. In his first year in the Green and White, Ivory had 833 yards on 182 attempts with three touchdowns. Ivory was a true workhorse for the Jets who ran hard every play and fought for extra yards constantly. Heading into the 2014 season, Ivory will look to build off his strong first season in New York with another solid season leading the Jets rushing attack.
Chris Johnson- It still is a little weird for me to write about Chris Johnson and the Jets. A few years ago, I would have told you there was no way CJ2K would ever be a Jet, but as we all know, football is unpredictable, and the Jets were able to sign Johnson this offseason after the Titans released the speedy back. While Johnson is not the same player as the guy who rushed for 2000 yards a few years back, Johnson is still a threat to score every time the ball is in his hands. While Ivory is the power back, Johnson is the speedy, elusive back. To me, the two compliment each other perfectly. Johnson should expect about 125 touches this year with the Jets, and should also be a threat in the passing game.
Bilal Powell- While Ivory brings power and toughness, Johnson brings the speed and elusiveness, Powell brings a little bit of everything to the table. While not one part of Powell’s game really stands out, he also does not have any glaring weaknesses. One part of Powell’s game that has improved tremendously is his ability to block in pass protection, a very important and underrated job that the running back needs to do successfully to protect the quarterback. Powell is the perfect running back to complete the trio of running back for the New York Jets. Powell can come in any time and give Ivory and Johnson a rest, without the Jets missing a beat.
Along with Ivory, Johnson and Powell, the Jets also picked up former St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson, who if healthy, can be another nice piece of the backfield. The Jets also have Alex Green, who has received carries in his days with the Green Bay Packers. While the Jets certainly have holes on their roster, in my opinion, the running back position is not one that the team needs to worry about heading into the 2014-2015 season.