NY Jets: Khiry Robinson rounds out lethal backfield
The NY Jets have added another key free agent into their backfield with running back Khiry Robinson. Gang Green will now be able to return to their ground-and-pound roots on offense.
After starting off free agency acquiring running back Matt Forte, the Jets look like they plan to return to their days of being a run-oriented offense. Towards the middle to end of last season, the Jets set records through the air thanks to offensive coordinator Chan Gailey making his playbook catered to the strengths of his team.
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The only downside was the Jets became too one-dimensional last year as they relied heavily on their passing attack. Sure, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick broke the all-time franchise record for touchdowns at 31 but without a consistent ground game, they ultimately fell short of earning a Wild Card berth in the NFL Playoffs.
Sep 28, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson (29) runs with the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
It’s unsure why the Jets didn’t continue to utilize running back Chris Ivory in their season finale loss to the Buffalo Bills. Maybe he was too fatigued or the Jets wanted to stick with their red-hot offense of the time between Fitzpatrick and his veteran wide receivers in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. It could also have been that Gailey didn’t adjust correctly to set the overall tempo of the game in favor of the Jets.
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Regardless, Ivory was ineffective in that game as the Jets ultimately fell short with the season on the line.
Now with a newly revamped backfield, the Jets should be able to establish a potent ground game, maintain time of possession well and set the pace against what will be tougher opponents in 2016.
The Jets won’t have as easy of a path like they did last year against their opponents as they surely can’t expect to win another 10+ games solely depending on an aerial attack again. To launch their new three-headed monster at running back with Forte, Robinson and Bilal Powell leading the way, the possibilities are endless on what Gailey can execute against opponents.
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With the finesse style of Forte, Robinson’s abilities to keep those chains moving and Powell’s strengths in the receiving department, the Jets will easily have a top five rushing attack next season. With an infusion of veterans, talent and flat out dual-threat skills all across their backfield, the Jets’ offense is shaping up to surprise many come next season.