NY Jets: The 3 best pass-catching running backs in franchise history

Freeman McNeil, NY Jets
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Curtis Martin, NY Jets
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2. Curtis Martin, RB, NY Jets

Curtis Martin was selected by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 1995 NFL Draft after playing his college football at the University of Pittsburgh.

Martin was known for his punishing style of running and for his ability to catch passes out of the backfield. He caught 89 passes for 749 yards in his three seasons at Pittsburgh.

The former Panthers running back played his first three seasons in the NFL with the Patriots before signing with the Jets. He played for Gang Green from 1998 to 2006 and was selected to five Pro Bowls.

Martin is best remembered as an elite runner who accumulated over 14,000 yards rushing during his career, but what many people tend to forget is that he was also an excellent dual-threat receiver who could beat you in multiple ways.

He tallied a total of 367 receptions during his eight years with the Jets which is tops among running backs in franchise history. The main reason Martin is not at the top of this list is that his average yards per catch are just 6.6 with a total of 2,439 receiving yards.

Martin also helped lead the Jets to the playoffs four times and in seven games caught 29 passes for 250 yards with an average of 8.6 yards per catch. His best overall season in terms of receiving was in 2000 when he caught 70 passes for 505 yards.

Curtis Martin retired after the 2006 season and entered the NY Jets Ring of Honor in 2010. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Martin will always be remembered as one of the greatest Jets of all time.