Speed is everything for New York Jets rookie running back Trenton Cannon. As Cannon heads into his first training camp, his speed will have to narrow the gap for him at the position.
The New York Jets drafted running back Trenton Cannon in the sixth round out of this year’s NFL Draft. The speedster spent his college career at Virginia State where his 4.40 speed was too much to handle for opponents. Cannon was a triple threat for the Trojans. He spent time running, catching, and returning the football as they found ways to get the football in his hands.
His path to making the Jets roster will not be easy, however. Running backs Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell are virtual locks to make the roster. Elijah McGuire flashed last year as the third-string back as well. Cannon has a great versatility that the Jets may find too much to not keep on the roster.
Here’s a look Cannon’s complete profile as he heads into training camp of the Jets.
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2017 SEASON REVIEW
Trenton Cannon was all over the place for the VSU Trojans. Last year, Cannon ran for over 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns. As a receiver, he totaled another 225 yards and three touchdowns. As a kick returner, Cannon racked up 821 yards and two scores. Cannon was just too much for anyone last year, running by just about anyone that dared to chase.
2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
Opportunities will be far and few for Cannon. If Cannon is able to make the Jets roster, it will be as a kickoff/punt returner. The Jets are loaded at the running back position, so there is not much room for him there.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
While Cannon is dynamic, it’s hard to see where he fits on the roster. He has proven that he can be a good returner, but the Jets have made it clear they will not keep a player just to return the ball. Also against his favor is the fact that he only does kick returns as the Jets would also need a versatile punt returner. Expect Cannon to be one of the final cuts from the roster. It will be a tough cut, but keeping four running backs weakens the team elsewhere.