With a banged-up backfield and a seemingly perpetual need to entertain, Jets coach Rex Ryan said Thursday that Tim Tebow could get some snaps as a running back Sunday against the Patriots.
Joe McKnight has a high ankle sprain, and Bilal Powell has a separated shoulder, and while Ryan didn’t rule either out, neither is expected to play.
That leaves tailbacks Shonn Greene and Jonathan Grimes (recently signed off the Texans practice squad), along with fullback Lex Hilliard in the backfield.
“That’s a possibility,” Ryan said of the option of Tebow carrying the ball, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “The thing about Tim, with him being a football player, . . . By playing quarterback, he knows all the positions. So can you plug him in at running back? Can you plug him in at tight end? I think the answer is yes.
“His skillset would be more based on power,” Ryan added. “He’s not going to be a blazer compared to other running backs, but he’s got power.”
Greene looked for a moment like the back the Jets envisioned last week, with 161 yards and three touchdowns. But he was playing against the Colts, not the Patriots.
And if nothing else, it gives the Patriots one more thing to worry about, the same week Ryan was soft-pedaling his own skills as a coach.