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Jets’ Joe McKnight: They’ll have to kill me to take my roster spot

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The Jets’ decision to trade for running back Chris Ivory and sign free agent running back Mike Goodson is a strong signal that running back Joe McKnight’s job is in jeopardy. But McKnight says he’s not going down without a fight.

“I don’t care who they bring in, they’re going [to have to] kill me to take my spot. You understand that now?” McKnight told the New York Daily News. “Just because they bring Goodson and Ivory in they already think I’m gone. They just bringing people in for competition, they ain’t bringing nobody in to say, ‘Joe is done.’”

McKnight is currently penciled in at No. 4 on the depth chart behind Ivory, Goodson and Bilal Powell, but he doesn’t see any reason to worry.

“Yeah, I’m going to be on the team, I ain’t going, no damn way,” he said. “They have to beat me to take my spot first. Man, look, they told me it’s a fresh slate.”

It may be a fresh slate, but McKnight is an underdog to make the team. Fortunately for him, the Jets won’t really have to kill him to cut him.

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52 Responses to “Jets’ Joe McKnight: They’ll have to kill me to take my roster spot”
  1. Obama's Ballsack says: May 16, 2013 2:56 PM

    Damn he looks old.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 16, 2013 2:57 PM

    Don’t give them idears, Joe.

  3. jetstizzi85 says: May 16, 2013 2:58 PM

    As a Jets fan, I love to hear this from players. The man wants to play and we will need him for this new WCO scheme.

  4. whatnojets says: May 16, 2013 2:59 PM

    Now thats a true Jets player.
    “hey’re going [to have to] kill me to take my spot”

  5. buzzbeaubank says: May 16, 2013 3:00 PM

    “You’ll have to pry this roster spot from my cold dead…

    /fumbles

  6. bucrightoff says: May 16, 2013 3:01 PM

    Thats….a pretty extreme stance.

  7. nflsucker says: May 16, 2013 3:05 PM

    He’s been on the team for a while now, picked during a stretch where they rarely scored much talent. If they have him 4th on the depth chart, he should probably start questioning why that is.

  8. ilovefoolsball says: May 16, 2013 3:05 PM

    What a disappointment this guy is. Hailed as the next Reggie Bush when he went to USC now he’s just fighting to stay on a roster.

  9. mvp43 says: May 16, 2013 3:06 PM

    Hope he’s paid up on life insurance………

  10. bigdogbob says: May 16, 2013 3:08 PM

    I am not sure anyone really knows how good the running backs for the Jets during the last couple of seasons are. I mean, nobody took Sanchez or Tebow seriously when it came to the passing game so teams were always keying on the running backs. I mean, we know they aren’t Adrian Peterson but how good are they really?

  11. jcmeyer10 says: May 16, 2013 3:10 PM

    Choose your spotters carefully Mr. McKnight.

  12. jets13 says: May 16, 2013 3:11 PM

    so to cut you, they have to kill you……………..yet…..to keep you, you just have to stop fumbling…..

    it’s a 2 way street joey

  13. thesteelers says: May 16, 2013 3:11 PM

    Jets fans have nothing to look forward to. The Jets’ season is already in the books. Their only future is failure. Even Fireman Ed hung up his hat.

  14. micknangold says: May 16, 2013 3:12 PM

    Whatever you say, McKnightmare.

  15. harrisonhits2 says: May 16, 2013 3:12 PM

    @buzzbeaubank

    Thanks that comment is the laugh of the day !

  16. northstarnic says: May 16, 2013 3:13 PM

    Would it kill you to fold down the brim on your cap, Beardo?

  17. sdb0ltz says: May 16, 2013 3:14 PM

    Who is Joe McKnight?

  18. demolition510 says: May 16, 2013 3:16 PM

    RIP yo

  19. dc49er says: May 16, 2013 3:17 PM

    Dude looks like Ed Reed

  20. hrmlss says: May 16, 2013 3:17 PM

    And then Rex sat on him…….

  21. shadowcell says: May 16, 2013 3:18 PM

    Oh, Joe, they won’t kill you. Just your career.

  22. jtbaudendistel says: May 16, 2013 3:20 PM

    None of the 4 backs on the Jets roster would even make 49ers roster. #WestCoast

  23. conspiracygenerator says: May 16, 2013 3:22 PM

    Old Man River? Look at the picture!

    – I’m a rhyming lyrical genius!
    – Kanye West

  24. whatnojets says: May 16, 2013 3:22 PM

    I’m collecting for the “Joe McKnight Memorial Fund”. Anyone want to donate?

  25. firstand4ever says: May 16, 2013 3:24 PM

    Joe McKnight is a very talented football player. It goes to show you important picking up the blitz is. He hasn’t been able to crack the rotation because of it but even so, The Jets have not utilized his skill set.

  26. nirvana504 says: May 16, 2013 3:42 PM

    Who?

  27. kingpel says: May 16, 2013 3:43 PM

    buzzbeaubank says: May 16, 2013 3:00 PM

    “You’ll have to pry this roster spot from my cold dead…

    /fumbles
    ……………………………………………………………………

    This may be my favorite post of the year. Long live the New York Jets and their PFT articles!

  28. capitaosuecia says: May 16, 2013 3:44 PM

    Are the Jets the new Tim Tebow thing? Why all these meaningless senseless stories about them?? Seriously, their 4th RB?? There are 31 other teams in the nfl, you know…

  29. 00reo says: May 16, 2013 3:44 PM

    there’s a Ray Lewis joke in there somewhere…

  30. bzillaz says: May 16, 2013 3:47 PM

    Did he fumble those words????

  31. billmead1976 says: May 16, 2013 3:52 PM

    saw a dude look just like him asking for change off the freeway off ramp today. must be a parallel universe.

  32. javierjiminy says: May 16, 2013 3:55 PM

    I got the assassins ready for you Joe. Just send me the word.

  33. bennyb82 says: May 16, 2013 3:57 PM

    Him saying that gives me the image of someone buying a lottery ticket and proclaiming there is no way he is gonna lose…

  34. fumblenuts says: May 16, 2013 4:10 PM

    Sporting the “Mr. Bojangles” look, eh Joe?!

  35. micknangold says: May 16, 2013 4:18 PM

    @thesteelers: Says a fan of the also third place team in their division last season Steelers.

  36. brassknuckles47 says: May 16, 2013 4:21 PM

    BANG!

  37. hanifmiller says: May 16, 2013 4:49 PM

    Might get a little awkward if the Jets cut you and your not dead.

  38. thewarrenmoon says: May 16, 2013 5:03 PM

    That beautiful fluid Ebonic speech is courtesy of USC. Nice work fellas.

  39. thejohnsmith1122 says: May 16, 2013 5:34 PM

    Later that day…

    “Breaking News: Joe McKnight has been released from the Jets. “

  40. genericcommenter says: May 16, 2013 5:50 PM

    He had to take a big pay cut to join the Jets in the first place. He probably doesn’t know how he will survive with another.

  41. tsizzlehotpiss says: May 16, 2013 5:53 PM

    Tough to be “done” or “finished” when you never even started. McKnight was a bum at USC, and he’s been a bum the entire time he’s been in the NFL.

  42. mackcarrington says: May 16, 2013 6:11 PM

    thewarrenmoon says:
    May 16, 2013 5:03 PM
    That beautiful fluid Ebonic speech is courtesy of USC. Nice work fellas.
    ==========================
    Not really. It’s courtesy of a Louisiana high school education.

  43. mksnpcola says: May 16, 2013 6:24 PM

    Joe, You do know that you play in New Jersey. I’d leave off the “killing me” talk. I mean, it is New Jersey after all.

  44. green41563 says: May 16, 2013 6:47 PM

    ilovefoolsball says:
    May 16, 2013 3:05 PM
    What a disappointment this guy is. Hailed as the next Reggie Bush when he went to USC now he’s just fighting to stay on a roster.

    __________________________________

    Just fighting to stay on an NFL roster? Maybe he was the next Reggie Bush, after all.

  45. kansacity88 says: May 16, 2013 6:51 PM

    Watch your back, Joe! Sleep with one eye open! Also, hire a taster!!!

  46. rehmer2389 says: May 16, 2013 7:00 PM

    A 4th string running back gets an article? They’re must really be nothing going on in the NFL right now

  47. fearthehoody says: May 16, 2013 7:20 PM

    Another USCheat bust!!!

  48. juicejuicer says: May 16, 2013 7:20 PM

    I trully can’t believe CJ Gable was passed up for this bum at USC.

  49. dlk47823 says: May 16, 2013 8:43 PM

    So, steelersays the Jets season is already over, that’s rich. Have you looked at your own roster lately?last years top picks arrested and later released.
    Lost your best offensive player and still no running backs. Polamalu’s a cripple. The good news is you get to play the Jets on the road for a change this year. We’ll see you there.

  50. mazblast says: May 16, 2013 8:48 PM

    Never ever say “they’re going to have to kill me to…” when you’re in northern New Jersey.

  51. styx630 says: May 16, 2013 11:59 PM

    McKnight’s true value is in his return skills.

  52. nolanbctalk says: May 17, 2013 8:37 AM

    I thought Ed Reed had signed with the Jets when I saw that picture!

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