On the first episode of Hard Knocks, there was a feature on the three fullbacks battling for roster spots on this year’s team.
The wily veteran Tony Richardson, the rookie sensation John Conner, and the young upstart caught in the middle, Jason Davis.
Rex Ryan is clearly enamored with John Conner, the Terminator as he’s called, for his crushing blocks and his ability to pick up the offense quickly.
Because of this, there were rumblings that the ageless one Tony Richardson may not make the team in favor of the younger, cheaper Conner. After all, the Jets have proven this offseason that they have no problem cutting locker room leaders like Thomas Jones and Alan Faneca in favor of younger players.
However, unlike Jones and Faneca, the Jets believe that Richardson is still capable of high performance from his fullback position, and his locker room leadership and mentoring of Conner are invaluable.
Rich Cimini of ESPN.com got the scoop today when he got a quote from Ryan about those two fullbacks. Ryan was quoted as saying that he’d be “shocked if those two aren’t on the opening-day roster.”
What does that mean for Jason Davis? Well, he’ll likely latch on to another team before it’s all said and done. As Ryan noted on Hard Knocks, all three of these fullbacks have the ability to start at this level, and any team that needs a fullback will be looking at the New York Jets.