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Tomlinson content to be third down back; Joe McKnight “pissed and motivated” at Jets draft pick

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The roles are changing in the Jets’ crowded backfield.

Rex Ryan has talked about Shonn Greene handling more of the workload, and that sounds just fine to LaDainian Tomlinson.  He said Tuesday that he’s done the “best running back in the league” drill and is ready to try something new.

“Now at end of my career, I’d love to be best third down back,” Tomlinson told the three-pack of Jets writers — – Manish Mehta, Jenny Vrentas, and Rich Cimini – who made the trip West for some player-run practices.

Tomlinson wasn’t worried the team added fourth-round pick Bilal Powell to the mix, saying you can’t have too many running backs.  Second year back Joe McKnight had a slightly different response.

“I was pissed and motivated at the same time,” McKnight said about Powell’s selection.

We’re not sure exactly how this will all work.  The Jets want McKnight to get the ball more, which would come at the expense of Tomlinson. In Powell, the team has a younger doppelganger for Greene if he gets hurt.

Consider it a good problem to have and a sign the Jets won’t stray too far from their run-heavy ways.  Especially since they have no one to play receiver at the moment.

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26 Responses to “Tomlinson content to be third down back; Joe McKnight “pissed and motivated” at Jets draft pick”
  1. schmitty2 says: May 3, 2011 5:37 PM

    He probably puked when he heard they drafted RB. Just sayin

  2. citizenstrange says: May 3, 2011 5:42 PM

    Especially since they have no one good to play quarterback at the moment./fixed

  3. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 3, 2011 5:50 PM

    4th round draft picks at rb play a lot of special teams at first Joe, don’t get your panties in a bunch.

  4. rcunningham says: May 3, 2011 5:51 PM

    Dude…it’s a 4th round pick.

    It’s like if Peyton Manning got pissed when the Colts drafted Curtis Painter.

    Then again, Manning isn’t terrible like McKnight…

  5. judgejuday says: May 3, 2011 5:54 PM

    That photo of LT sitting on the bench during playoff games is a sight all too familiar to Charger fans.

    A used-to-be great running back that will never win the big game.

    Sorry LT

  6. RexCanCoach says: May 3, 2011 5:55 PM

    McKnight better be pissed off, because we are also he cost us Danny Woodhead remember?

  7. brutus9448 says: May 3, 2011 6:03 PM

    how many buddies does sanchez have named mcknight? Joe Mcknight, scotty mcknight.

  8. ttommytom says: May 3, 2011 6:03 PM

    This is what it took to motivate Joe McKnight?

    You were Rivals #2 recruit in the nation a few years ago and NOW you are motivated?

    OK

  9. profootballwalk says: May 3, 2011 6:15 PM

    Danny Woodhead is amused. He’s also counting the money he got in his two year contract.

  10. pacificamjr says: May 3, 2011 6:18 PM

    i hate to say it, but it sounds like LT just doesnt have the fire no more. time to hang it up, sir

  11. ampats says: May 3, 2011 6:45 PM

    Classic LadyT picture ! Sums up the past several years of his career.

    Agree pacificmjr, time for LadyT to hang them up. McKnight is better suited to run in the UFL as he is not a NFL RB.

    With Powell at RB and McElroy at QB ,the Jets will be set to contend again in a few more years .

    Thanks for Danny Woodhead and Happy 42nd !

  12. dkeyser says: May 3, 2011 7:26 PM

    I dont know why McKnight is pissed…im sure his spot on the practice squad is safe

  13. terrellochouno says: May 3, 2011 7:26 PM

    There once was a young man who played quarterback for an NFC team. Prior to the 2009 season, he got pissed because of trade rumors, & basically said the same thing McKnight said. This story ends in the young QB sucking up the field for the entirety of 2009 & being shipped to Oakland before the 2010 season.

    Being pissed off is worthless if you don’t have the talent or intelligence to focus that anger.

  14. joetoronto says: May 3, 2011 7:29 PM

    She should be happy she still has a paycheck.

  15. lostsok says: May 3, 2011 7:59 PM

    Joe McKnight is average at best…and Bilal Powell is his clone. LT is STILL the best RB on that roster!

  16. cincinnasti says: May 3, 2011 8:19 PM

    LT maybe the last HOF caliber running back we see.. Shorter careers and teams running more than one back are really putting a hurt to the position… I hope LT get’s a gig until his legs fall of..

  17. 52sackmachine says: May 3, 2011 9:00 PM

    Just your average joe!!

  18. fighting69th says: May 3, 2011 9:11 PM

    McKnight sucks. Typical USC RB

  19. hawkeye6 says: May 3, 2011 9:25 PM

    McKnight almost didn’t make the 53 man roster last season, embarrassed himself in training camp, fumbled in critical moments in preseason, and had one good game (against Buffalo – season finale), where he didn’t rush for more than 18 yards (158 yards), the Jets have an aging RB in his twilight, and another who’s injury and fumble prone – and he gets pissed when the draft another RB?

    Joe….. you better rush for 2,000 yards this season.

  20. veraky says: May 3, 2011 9:41 PM

    LadyT? Coming from a pats fan now that’s hilarious. Thanks to your boy Brady, QB’s have become the real ladies of football, i.e. look but don’t touch.

  21. RexCanCoach says: May 3, 2011 9:48 PM

    hey Ampats,

    nice to see you again. last year was special wasn’t it?

    regards,
    GreenAsGrass

  22. nashvilletrojan says: May 3, 2011 10:55 PM

    I’m a Trojan, but McKnight underacheived in college, screwed USC and still feels entitled to “riches” as the heir apparent to Reggie Bush.

    Sayonara Joe…….the UFL could use you.

  23. gtrdonald says: May 4, 2011 1:38 AM

    When the Chargers hinted that LT might need to take a different roll, he had a completely different (and more immature) reaction. LT could’ve stayed in San Diego, but his poor ego couldn’t handle the fact that he’s not the same running back. The more this guy talks, the more it grates on my nerves.

  24. txhc says: May 4, 2011 2:42 AM

    Who?

  25. kingbeason52 says: May 4, 2011 5:52 AM

    People have horrible nicknames on here “LadyT” really man…your probably a patriots fan..lol..

  26. MichaelEdits says: May 4, 2011 6:32 AM

    I think we need someone who specializes in being a 4th down back. Just kick those punts right outta the playbook.

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