NFL Rumors: Steve Slaton to Join New York Jets?
Slaton has experience with Tony Sparano when Sparano was head coach with the Miami Dolphins last season and Slaton was a backup.
Slaton makes some sense, at least when compared to some of the other running backs the Jets are bringing in for a workout today. Slaton has some speed and can catch the ball out of the backfield, something the Jets need help with.
During his rookie year with the Houston Texans, Slaton rushed for over 1,200 yards and nine TDs, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. However, his production tailed off dramatically in 2009 and Slaton has been battling injuries and lack of playing time ever since.
Slaton has lost some of his explosiveness but his familiarity with a Sparano offense might come in handy. The Jets need a little depth at the position but they are content with Shonn Greene, Bilal Powell, and Joe McKnight. Slaton would be insurance.
The Jets are also trying out Khalil Bell, formerly with the Chicago Bears. Bell played in two games for the Bears this season, averaging 2.9 yards per carry for 32 yards. He has not scored a touchdown in his three-year NFL career. Bell still has some explosiveness in him and could give the Jets a decent change of pace back if they choose to go with him over Slaton.
Neither will have much of an impact with the offense moving forward unless major injuries befall the Jets running backs.
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