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Elijah McGuire getting solid reviews so far in training camp

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07: A New York Jets helmet at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07: A New York Jets helmet at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Running back Elijah McGuire enters his rookie season with the New York Jets hoping to bring his unique skill set to the pros. He’s already getting solid reviews in training camp so far.

It’s no secret that the offense of the New York Jets is going through a transformation. One of which that not only has a new offensive coordinator in John Morton but a plethora of new, young talent ready to prove themselves when it comes to keeping those chains moving.

By the looks of it, the Jets might consider airing it out in their version of a West Coast offense, as to which their running backs might be used as receiving options out of the backfield. Besides Matt Forte and Bilal Powell, the Jets might very well have a hidden gem in running back Elijah McGuire.

Besides being a speedy rushing threat, McGuire truly excels as a receiving option. In college at Louisiana-Lafayette as a receiving option, McGuire totaled 1,394 yards, 130 receptions, and 10 touchdowns. Regardless who is under center for the Jets, provided McGuire doesn’t have any lingering ankle issues from last year, should be a nice security blanket.

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So far during his first training camp in the pros, he’s been doing well and is picking things up nicely.

He’s obviously far from perfect, but he’ll need more coaching and training to be a potential x-factor.

Here’s what head coach Todd Bowles had to say about McGuire so far in training camp, courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets:

On what he’s seen from Elijah McGuire…

He’s a smart kid. He’s a good one-cut runner. He’s smooth. He carries himself like a professional so I’m interested to see what he does going forward, but I like what I see so far.

On how much of an asset McGuire is in the passing game so far…

It’s early to tell. I know he has good hands, but until we put it all together and see how he does that way. He can be a good asset. He just has to grow.

If the Jets get lucky and coach, train, and develop McGuire the right way, he will easily turn into a household name sooner than expected. Early indications are good for his continued progression as he enters his first season ready to show he’s ready to do his part when his name is called upon.

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