Jets may have an unlikely star running back on the roster

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The Jets have several running backs with names that hard-core football fans instantly will recognize: Isaiah Crowell, Bilal Powell, Thomas Rawls. The team’s running backs coach thinks another running back on the depth chart may become a household name.

Stump Mitchell believes Elijah McGuire could perform like one specific Hall of Famer.

“He has the skill set to be a LaDainian Tomlinson, if he was given that opportunity,” Mitchell said recently, via the New York Post. “That’s not what presents itself to him at this point in time. The skill set, he can do it all. He can catch, he can run as a running back, and he can run routes as a receiver. He just happens to be here, and I’m glad we got him.”

And Mitchell knows a thing or two about spotting running back talent before everyone else does.

“I told David Johnson the same thing,” Mitchell said.

McGuire, a sixth-round pick in 2017, played college football at Louisiana-Lafayette. He had three 1,000-yard rushing seasons there, adding a high of 468 receiving yards in 2014. For the Jets, McGuire had 315 rushing yards as a rookie, with an average of 3.6 yards.

The guy who ultimately determines whether and to what extent McGuire will receive enough opportunities to thrive downplayed the comparison to L.T., with a very simple but important message.

“[H]e doesn’t have to live up to being LaDainian,” coach Todd Bowles said. “He has to live up to being Eli.”

To do that, he’ll have to first successfully compete with the likes of Crowell, Powell, and Rawls.

20 responses to “Jets may have an unlikely star running back on the roster

  1. Rawls will be the odd man out. Crowell will be the work horse, Powell will be the spell back and McGuire will be the pass catching back.

    The Jets ran better screens last year than they have in years, I hop the trend continues.

  2. But they are still the Jets…it’s like Tom Hanks characters in early 90’s films…seems like a cool guy, but he’s either retarded or has AIDS

  3. OK, if he is really that good, why wouldn’t they give him the opportunity? Something doesn’t make sense about that.

  4. Yup…off season we all get to hear about people we have hardly heard a pep about and how they are the next “HOF” or set for a breakout…..most of these players get cut at roster trim down

  5. I really like what the Jets are doing this year. A good draft next year and they could be a decent team.

  6. .
    Jets general game plan is run run run punt.
    If they have a lead then run run run punt is all they do no matter what.
    With Darnold on the team now if they dont break from that nonsense they will ruin him like they ruined Sanchez.
    The Jets beat the Pats with Sanchez in the playoffs 2011, then they ruined him.
    Coaches yelling in his face on the sideline.

  7. Athans Sports Talk says:
    June 16, 2018 at 9:48 am
    So where was this guy last year?

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    He was a rookie 6th round pick. Forte’s role was decreased because of the veteran purge. I think the team wanted to give Powell a true look, which I agree with them doing.

    You will see more of McGuire this year in a defined role. I think LT is obviously unrealistic. I’d go Dion Lewis.

  8. jets13 says:
    June 16, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I’d go Dion Lewis.
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    Basing that on the similarity between his 3.6 ypc and Lewis’ 4.8 or because you are expecting to be holding your breath on every play that he isn’t hurt?

  9. His best game of the year was against the jaguars. He had 10-93 yards. But he did follow it up with 2 bad performances. He was a rookie let’s see what year 2 brings

  10. Basing that on the similarity between his 3.6 ypc and Lewis’ 4.8 or because you are expecting to be holding your breath on every play that he isn’t hurt?

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    I am basing on his skills. Dion Lewis has racked many yards on 3rd and long with TB12 as QB, easy to pad that YPC. I’m a big Dion Lewis guy, think he has the skills. I think McGuire could be the same type back. The guy you trust on a 3rd and 5 play.

  11. Rawls will most likely be gone at the end of training camp. The 3 remaining guys will make a nice trio of backs. If Powell especially stays healthy he is a pretty versatile weapon.

  12. jets13 says:
    June 16, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    I am basing on his skills. Dion Lewis has racked many yards on 3rd and long with TB12 as QB, easy to pad that YPC. I’m a big Dion Lewis guy, think he has the skills. I think McGuire could be the same type back. The guy you trust on a 3rd and 5 play.
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    I love me some Dion Lewis, hence the reason I was always concerned about his getting injured. As for McGuire it just seems like a guy should display those types of mad skills somewhere besides practice before he’s given those types of props. Nothing more common this time of year than projecting someone forward beyond anything they’ve displayed in the past based on…not much.

  13. @bs-
    I addressed this run, run, run comment that people who don’t watch Jet games said last year. You’ve forgotten that Rex Ryan was fired 3 years ago. Last year the Jets threw the ball 510 times against 426 rushes. In 2016, they threw even more with 566 attempts vs 418 rushes. 2015? How about 604 pass plays against 448 rushes (won 10 games) Your “run, run,run, punt” comment is cute, but ridiculously inaccurate. McGuire will plenty of attempts in the pass game this year. Last year he was a rookie trying to learn a complicated west coast offensive behind 2 good veterans. He’ll get plenty of opportunities in the pass game this year, catching passes from a not Mark Sanchez QB. If you want to troll, at least wake up and pay attention. Lets go Jets!

  14. Eli may be the best receiver on your team. He could play slot receiver if he really wanted or needed to to stay in the league. He would robably drop some bulk to do so.

    I watched all of his college games, can’t remember a dropped pass. He’s a third down back, change of pace runner. He will break ankles too. Very tough kid. Payton would have drafted him if he had missed on Kamara.

  15. Apparently reading or better yet, comprehending on a functional level isn’t some of you guys strong suit. The man said that Elijah McGuire, ‘given the opportunity’, can showcase the skill set of a RB as talented as LT. He didn’t say he WAS as good as LT or WILL BE the next LT. Everyday people turn their computers on, and prove to the world that the U.S. education system fails its students on a very functional level. It does not teach its students to think logically or critically. But, to read to respond or teach to testing. Logical and critical thinking doesn’t come into play. Read what coach said over and over again, until you GET IT before responding. Or if you’re not sure, ASK clarifying questions. Look for keywords in a sentence, that give you that AHA! moment. This is fundamental reading 101. Basic comprehension. I believe that people like to respond just to argue and APPEAR to show how ‘knowledgeable’ they are, yet present themselves as mere trolls. Sheesh

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