Jets may make Joe McKnight a two-way player


With the Jets’ top cornerback Darrelle Revis, sitting out Sunday’s game with a concussion, running back Joe McKnight may move to defense to give the Jets some depth in the secondary.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that McKnight practiced at cornerback this week. McKnight, who played cornerback for one play last season, would be the fifth healthy cornerback on the roster with Revis out.

Moving McKnight to defense temporarily makes sense, as he doesn’t have much of a role on the offense now that he’s been beaten out by Bilal Powell for the third-down role. McKnight played just three snaps on offense in Week One against the Bills, in addition to playing 14 plays on special teams.

Jets coach Rex Ryan has said that he likes getting talented players on the field in any way he can, whether it’s Tim Tebow on special teams or Antonio Cromartie on offense. Although Cromartie didn’t play any offense in Week One, he said during training camp that he’s the second-best receiver on the team.

No word on whether McKnight considers himself the second-best cornerback on the Jets.

21 responses to “Jets may make Joe McKnight a two-way player

  1. You aren’t troy brown, Joe. You aren’t Bill, Rex.

    All interconference hate aside, I love when a player can make it happen on both sides of the ball. We have seen alot of that in Titletown over the years.

  2. ampats says:
    Sep 15, 2012 9:01 AM
    So this means the Jets strategy on Sunday is to have McKnight puke on Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown?


    Cro on Wallace and Kyle Wilson on Antonio Brown. AB is going to go off on Wilson.

  3. Next contract was prob at corner anyway. Could end up as a pro bowl corner, I believe he was recruited heavily at cb in h.s.

  4. @mccourty island- The patriots are a bunch of….. The franchise was seeded on a bogus call (tuck rule) and rooted in underhanded tactics (spygate).

    Titletown, really? You silly chowd.

  5. @gorilla,
    Very accomplished guys at the top of their game don’t usually play 2 ways (unless you count ST). My Pats beloved Troy Brown was on the downside of his career when he filled in at CB. Edelman is a nice utility guy, but hardly an accomplished WR, so using him at DB as a fill in makes sense if he has the skill. Same for Slater, who though he’s a ST ace, doesn’t play so many plays that he can’t be used at WR here & there.

  6. All interconference hate aside, I love when a player can make it happen on both sides of the ball. We have seen alot of that in Titletown over the years.

    who have the Giants played both ways?

  7. If Ryan puts McKnight in at Corner, he is going to get toasted. Most Offensive players are not meant to play a defensive role, and McKnight is one of them.

  8. so when is Rexy announcing that Nick Mangold will be the next DT?

    WR can be converted into DBs i.e. Deion Sanders.
    RBs can not be converted into DBs; and Rex doesn’t want this team to be labelled as a circus? I hear Barnum and Bailey music playing in the background as I read this article.

  9. @mullman. 7 titles in 4 major sports since 01. i think the titletown nickname is legit.

    i won’t, for one second, argue that the tuck rule situation wasn’t a huge wow moment, but a rule is a rule. it was enforced correctly.

  10. jets Fan here, for those of you who don’t know he played DB until Pete Carol converted him to RB at USC. He’s done it before at a lower level and he did it some last year. He blitz Flacco last year from a nickle position and his speed almost got him the sack. for rex and his crew putting players in different spots is what they do. Tebow is on the punt team you know.

  11. Or how about a non-roster player???

    He’s done nothing since coming to New York!!!!

    Why else are we hearing about Bilai Powell or seeing the subject of the Jets possibly regretting letting Danny Woodhead go???

    After the scene in ‘Hard Knocks’ where the coaches talk about McKnight’s concentration issues Bishop just concluded that he is not worthy of a roster spot!!!

    Do I not make sense when it comes to the subject of concentration???

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