NY Jets offensive grades for preseason Week 2 loss

How did the Jets' offense fare against the Bucs?
NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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Zonovan Knight, RB, NY Jets: C

This was Zonovan Knight's chance to shine. After the addition of Dalvin Cook earlier this week, it became obvious that someone in the now stacked Jets locker room was going to be on their way out of town soon. With Michael Carter getting the night off, it was Knight's chance to prove why he should stay.

All he managed to do was play himself off the Jets, struggling with his pretty heavy workload. Knight ran eight times for just 33 yards behind the second unit on the line.

Although that might not be disastrous, when compared to Wilson ripping off a 35-yard run and compared to Israel Abanikanda's 30 yards on just four carries before the injury, Knight really did not measure up at all.

To make matters worse, Knight also fumbled the ball, resulting in a turnover, leading directly to a Tampa Bay field goal that tied up the game early. It seemed that Knight could just not break free at all or show any flashes of the burst that got him a lot of carries after Breece Hall got injured last year.

Knight did manage to add three catches for 20 yards on four targets to salvage what was otherwise a bad showing. However, I don't think it will be enough to earn Knight a spot on the 53-man roster. After not playing against Cleveland in the first preseason game, he has now rushed 12 times for just 46 yards and lost a fumble.

With Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook getting most of the work and Abanikanda's roster spot safe due to his recent draft selection, the final spot in the running back room comes down to Carter and Knight. Carter has looked much better this preseason and offers much more pop as a receiver or potential special team returner.

Unless Abanikanda's injury is worse than reported or Breece Hall spends some time on the sideline to start the year, Knight will likely be playing elsewhere soon.