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.

30 responses to “Jets’ running back job is “wide open”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. “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,

  4. 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.

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

  6. [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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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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