Will 2010 be fumble free?

By Marc A. Greenberg

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being a game killer, where do you rank fumbles? a 10?  an 11?

Think about this for a second:

From 1998 to 2005, the Jets RB was Curtis Martin. Martin fumbled, on an average, twice per season.

In 2008, Leon Washington, Kevan Barlow and Cedric Houston split time at RB and fumbled a combined 4 times (3 of them Washington).

From 2007 to 2009, the Jets RB was Thomas Jones (same 2 fumbles per year).  (Note: Shonn Greene with 3 fumbles).

As Jets fans, have we taken for granted the need to have a RB who will hold on to the ball in the 4th quarter?  It sure seems that way to management.

Entering 2010, the Jets have Shonn Greene (ribs) and Leon Washington (leg)…. yeah, that’s it.  What happens if Greene re-injures his ribs in preseason  (like last season), or in Week 1 ?  Who is out there for the Jets that will be as dependable as Thomas Jones?

Justin Fargas?  LaMont Jordan?  Jamal Lewis? Willie Parker?