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Jets’ running back job is “wide open”

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With Shonn Greene now gone, the Jets officially have embarked on an effort to find a new starting tailback.  The team’s running backs coach says that the job can go to anyone.

That’s what Anthony Lynn, who now also serves as the team’s assistant head coach, told Jets Talk LIVE on Thursday, via the team’s official website.

[I]n my opinion it’s wide open,” Lynn said.  “That is what you want.  You want guys coming to camp, coming to work every day and competing for the position, knowing that if you slack [off] — someone else is going to step right in.”

The candidates currently are Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight, John Griffin, Lex Hilliard, and newly-signed free agent Mike Goodson (pictured).

“Goodson is a guy I’ve had my eyes on for a long time,” Lynn said.  “He has always been a dynamic back, an explosive back.  He is fast, he is quick, he can catch and he is a great athlete.  With the offense we are in now and with that skill set, it’s going to be a good combination.”

The Jets may add even more candidates for the starting job and the rest of the spots on the depth chart, via free agency or the draft.

Some would say that, based on the current crop, they’d better.

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30 Responses to “Jets’ running back job is “wide open””
  1. 69finfan says: Mar 21, 2013 9:51 PM

    It’s the Jests. Isn’t every position wide open along with Rexy and all other coaches, the GM, Owner even the Mascot?

  2. thechronicjoker says: Mar 21, 2013 9:53 PM

    Looks like a job for Tebow.

  3. madmax80 says: Mar 21, 2013 9:54 PM

    What position on the JETS is not wide open? Do they have any talent?

  4. snap0179 says: Mar 21, 2013 9:56 PM

    Just like the QB position

  5. jacobknicks says: Mar 21, 2013 9:58 PM

    It’s wide open because they don’t have anyone

  6. robkeezy says: Mar 21, 2013 10:00 PM

    I don’t think this is much of a surprise. Any position is wide open when you have nobody on your team who is a clear starter, or better yet, started more than 10 NFL games in their career.

  7. jets13 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:01 PM

    Great, RB job is wide open, TE job is WE, #2 WR job is WE, QB job is wide open.


  8. sportsreporterusa says: Mar 21, 2013 10:04 PM

    They might want to take a second look at LaDainian Tomlinson.

  9. bspurloc says: Mar 21, 2013 10:08 PM

    cant believe someone wanted Shonn Greene…

  10. jdouble777 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:09 PM

    Feature McKnight and use Goodson as what he is in a sensational change of pace bruiser with hands. McKnight was an absolute star and THE top back of his class coming into and at USC. He flashed the ability i a limited role time and time again. Give me 320 carries, intelligently, and I think you reap dividends.

  11. Stiller43 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:09 PM

    “The candidates currently are Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight, John Griffin, Lex Hilliard, and newly-signed free agent Mike Goodson (pictured).”

    The only people that group scares is Jets fans,

  12. blacknsilver says: Mar 21, 2013 10:14 PM

    Mike Goodson is nothing more than a kick returner with fumbling issues

  13. flash1283 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:17 PM

    What position on the Jets isn’t “wide open”?

  14. itsthemelman82 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:45 PM

    Best part of being in NY, making fun of the Jets… good grief this team sucks!

  15. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:59 PM

    Jets players =puke

  16. 3fingerlenny says: Mar 21, 2013 11:03 PM

    Worst rb’s in the nfl. Lol

  17. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 21, 2013 11:11 PM


  18. kscott40 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:14 PM

    As are most positions on the Jets roster; however, the title of this article should also be applicable to the front office jobs for the Jets. They have done a terrible job at doing anything to make their fans happy. I am not a Jets fan, but many of my buddies are and all I have to say is…. I truly feel bad for the fans. Front office/ownership should (in the words of Andy Reid), “do a better job at putting people in a better position to win.”
    To Chiefs fans: You will learn to know this quote as you did the pledge of allegiance during your grade-school years.

  19. thesmartestmanever says: Mar 21, 2013 11:17 PM

    wow! so there will be no one at quarterback handing off to nobody in the back field. who are the wide outs?

  20. raiderrob21 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:23 PM


  21. jerrygray721 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:35 PM

    how bout every position on the jets is wide open

  22. zeke2517 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:55 PM

    [Insert Jets joke here]

    In truth, a “wide open” competition amongst talented guys yet to make the next level is great. They will all get better and the guys who make the team will be the better for it.

  23. cadillacjosh says: Mar 22, 2013 12:20 AM

    If I was the Jets, I’d leave the whole O wide open.

  24. siggtacular says: Mar 22, 2013 12:57 AM

    I saw that no one bothered to comment on this. I appreciate the effort in writing the article, no matter how boring the current RB situation is in New York. I think Mike Goodson should get the nod if the Jets don’t draft a workhorse like Eddie Lacy or Montee Ball.

  25. fuglyflorio says: Mar 22, 2013 5:22 AM

    That’s because none of them are any good.

  26. lightcleric says: Mar 22, 2013 7:36 AM

    “Competition” for a position on a bad team, aka “all our options suck”.

  27. harry1941 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:41 AM

    I hope the Jets draft RB Geo Bernard of UNC.He’ll out beat all of them. This guy can run and catch. hope he can block.

    Go Jets

  28. lrjets says: Mar 22, 2013 1:03 PM

    itsthemelman82 says:Mar 21, 2013 10:45 PM

    Best part of being in NY, making fun of the Jets… good grief this team sucks!

    Kind of figured you’re not the Broadway Theatre or museum type. I guess there’s an Arby’s and a
    Pizza Hut near you .
    Cross off the world class restaurant offerings too.

  29. lrjets says: Mar 22, 2013 1:07 PM

    Fellow Jets Fans:

    Glad to see the trolls were getting smacked in their novel replies today.
    Jets suck, every position is wide open, no talent, but the winner is (drum roll……)
    “No Jet has started 10 NFL games”

    I can just imagine the teams they rooted for last season. Then again they’ll probably band wagon to another team next season.

  30. Stiller43 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:34 PM

    Love the jets fans. They all “thumbs down” everything, and yet nobody has anything positive to say about this group being your RB depth chart. “Thumb down” the truth all ya want, if youre happy with this group, youre as crazy as Rex.

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