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Training Camp Preview: Running Backs

By Luis Tirado Jr.
May 25, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) watches Matt Forte run with the ball during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
May 25, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) watches Matt Forte run with the ball during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
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As the New York Jets prepare for training camp, their running back situation is fantastic and should be their main point of attack on offense this upcoming season.

With training camp on the horizon, the New York Jets have a great situation when it comes their running back corps. Even though the Jets let running back Chris Ivory leave via free agency, they got a viable replacement in Matt Forte who is actually an upgrade in the grand scheme of things.

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The problem with Ivory were his issues of being able to be consistent throughout the entire season. He usually starts off red hot, maintains momentum then starts a decline as the season progresses. It’s to the point where in the final slate of games of the season, his numbers steeply decline and he’s usually dealing with nagging injuries.

Forte however is bringing some consistency, speed and an incredible work ethic to the Jets. Even though last season he missed a few games due to an ankle injury, he’s ready to go and prove he still has what it takes to be a premier starting running back. Since the Chicago Bears didn’t want to bring him back this offseason, he’ll undoubtedly be playing with a big chip on his shoulder to prove his doubters wrong.

The Jets also decided to re-sign running back Bilal Powell this offseason since his explosiveness as a receiving option should continue to bring big results on offense in 2016. As a dual-threat running back, Powell was a key x-factor late last season in putting the Jets in a position to win football games. In 2015, Powell totaled 388 receiving yards, 47 receptions and two touchdowns.

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Heading into training camp, the Jets also brought in running back Khiry Robinson to help add a more physical power running presence to the positional group.

Robinson should be quality depth able to step in when his number is called, especially in relief for Forte/Powell.

Romar Morris, Zac Stacy and Dominique Williams are all working to hopefully land a spot on the practice squad.

It’ll be hard but anything can happen although it’s safe to say the Jets will more than likely keep their three-headed monster intact with Forte, Powell and Robinson.

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Overall, if everyone stays healthy and it all comes together as envisioned, the Jets’ rushing attack could surprise many this upcoming season. It has the potential to really open things up offensively from the speed of Forte, receiving capabilities of Powell and the toughness of Robinson.

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