Underrated Running Game Will Thrive for New York Jets in 2013

By Nick Mamary
Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Unknown talent can sometimes cause anxiety as far as making expectations. Especially in the NFL, there is a preference among fans to have players with a reputation for collecting stats. Every once in a while though, difference makers are capable of coming out of nowhere. The New York Jets hope that they have discovered hidden gems in their trio of under the radar running backs.

Despite a certain level of name recognition, the Jets have potential in their group. Bilial Powell served mostly in a backup capacity to Shonn Greene last season. He did impress, however, rushing for an average of four yards per carry. His speed offered a refreshing change to the slow and plodding Greene. It would be interesting to see what he is capable of when given more than just 123 attempts. The Jets also added two intriguing players who also served as part of rotations.

Mike Goodson arrived via free agency from the Oakland Raiders. Goodson demonstrates a good burst and appears to be a player simply in need of a chance. With the Raiders, he produced an impressive 722 yards when filling in for Darren McFadden. New York acquired a third option with a trade during the 2013 NFL Draft.

Chris Ivory has seen his production decline over the past two years from a 2010 season, where he recorded 716 yards and five touchdowns. This was mostly due to the New Orleans Saints‘ reliance on quarterback Drew Brees to pass. If Ivory sees more action, his career average of 5.1 yards per rush shows he can make an impact. Although these three players have not really had the role of feature back, they form an exciting group that could do damage for a Jets offense that is in need of big plays. No matter who the starter is a running back by committee approach would likely have positive results.

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