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Joe McKnight loses third-down job to Powell

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The Jets’ “ground and pound” offense will include a surprise when it comes to pounding out the remaining yards needed for a first down when the orange stick shows 3.

Bilal Powell has won the job as third-down tailback over Joe McKnight, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Per Mehta, McKnight and Powell opened camp in an open competition for the job. ¬†Powell’s skills in pass protection contributed to the eventual gap.

McKnight is still expected to be a major contributor. ¬†However, he’s dealing with a hamstring pull, and his availability for Sunday’s game against the Bills is unknown.

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12 Responses to “Joe McKnight loses third-down job to Powell”
  1. pisano says: Sep 5, 2012 9:10 AM

    He should have been cut instaed of Gannaway! he’s been there three yearsand shown nothing.

  2. fuglyflorio says: Sep 5, 2012 9:21 AM

    I suspect Tebow will be doing much of this role.

  3. ampats says: Sep 5, 2012 9:57 AM

    Another great draft class by the Tannebaum and the Jets.
    Class 2010
    Rd #1-Kyle Wilson
    Rd#2-Vlad DuCasse
    Rd#4-Joe Mc(Puke)Knight

    Have the Jets had a good draft since Mangini left?This team continues to go in the wrong direction. Let the Dolphins know,the race for last in the East has begun and the Jets are a challenger this year

  4. theandy59 says: Sep 5, 2012 10:05 AM

    He should have been cut two years ago instead of Woodhead…

  5. zinn22 says: Sep 5, 2012 10:24 AM

    I am not sure how this is news. Before the pre-season even started McKnight had already lost the third down job. The question was would he lose the back-up RB job which, he has now as well.

  6. whatnojets says: Sep 5, 2012 10:35 AM

    Have the Jets had a good draft since Mangini left?This team continues to go in the wrong direction. Let the Dolphins know,the race for last in the East has begun and the Jets are a challenger this year

    One name comes to my mind Muhammad Wilkerson

  7. jpb12 says: Sep 5, 2012 10:37 AM

    Tannenbaum can’t draft.

  8. jimjets says: Sep 5, 2012 10:42 AM

    hey AmPATS old pal…..we’ll see. and “the genius” has had so many great draft picks since pioli left hasn’t he?

    we’ll see how your O-line holds up…I’ve got a funny feeling tommy’s gonna get sacked alot this year, and we all know how much he likes that.

    we’ll also see exactly who’s gonna score on the jets D this year, I have a feeling it’s not gonna be too much…

    we’ll just see

  9. zinn22 says: Sep 5, 2012 10:43 AM

    ampats says: Sep 5, 2012 9:57 AM

    Have the Jets had a good draft since Mangini left?

    The Jets have graded out near the top of the NFl in draft the last 5 years. Lets take a look at their successes.
    2011
    1 Muhammad Wilkerson A Monster compared to Seymour.
    3 Kenrick Ellis Had a great camp and appears to be a steal.
    4 Bilal Powell After a rough rookie year had a great camp and moved in as the number 2.
    5 Jeremy Kerley Another steal. Possibly their long time answer as the slot receiver.
    7 Greg McElroy Arguably the best Qb on the roster.

    2010 only had 4 picks.

    I agree that McKnight has some mental issues and likely is not a long term answer. But they dfound a way for him to be productive and make the pro bowl last year.

    Wilson has been serviceable. Ducasse is a bust and O’Connor has been a nice 5th round pick.

    2009 3 Picks

    Sanchez a bust. Greene for a third round pick has contributed quite a bit especially in the 09 playoffs and Saluson was an exceptional 6th round pick.

    2008
    The Jets picked Ghouslton against the advice of the FO, against the advice of Clinckscale, against the advice of Bradway all because Mangini had to have him. But that has been the case with two other picks Mangini adamantly desired picks in Clemens and Schlegal.

    Keller and Dwight Lowery were fine picks.

    2007

    Trading up for Revis and harris were both brilliant especially in what was considered the weakest draft in modern memory.

    2006 Overall a good draft but arguably one of the worst managed drafts ever.

    Two solid picks in the 1st round. But reaching for Clemens two rounds early, reaching for Schlegal and Smith in the third round when both could have been had in the 5th and 7th round.

    The picks of Smith and Washington helped balance it out. But with 10 picks the Jets came out lacking not because of the scouting report but because of reaching for players far to early.

    The highlight of the draft might have been trading back 5 spots in the third round to pick up an extra 6th only to see the Eagles take the LB the Jets coveted.

    Mangini was simply a fool.

    The Jets drafts have been good. Yes Kyle Wilson is only serviceable and Ghoulston was a huge Mangini bust but overall they continue to stockpile talent. Wilkerson and Ellis were huge picks last year and Couples seems on the way to being a force as well.

  10. agcooney108 says: Sep 5, 2012 11:17 AM

    ampats says: Sep 5, 2012 9:57 AM

    Another great draft class by the Tannebaum and the Jets.
    Class 2010
    Rd #1-Kyle Wilson
    Rd#2-Vlad DuCasse
    Rd#4-Joe Mc(Puke)Knight
    _____

    this year’s draft is very promising if you haven’t watched this pre season. coples, hill, davis, bush, allen. all going to possibly start within the next two-three years. with two already going to start this year.

  11. bigjoe2269 says: Sep 5, 2012 1:13 PM

    gee I thought McKnight was the top return guy in the nfl last year – boy that sucks

  12. prettytonyt says: Sep 5, 2012 5:44 PM

    people say mcknight sucks but he led the league in kickoff returns

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