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.