Does New York Jets RB Joe McKnight Still Have Role On Offense?

By Stephen Conway
Joe McKnight
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In addition to a competitive, juicy quarterback competition involving Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith, there’s another competition on the New York Jets‘ offense that’s not talked about that much, but actually, it is very important.

In the running back department, newcomers Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson and veterans Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight all will battle it out for their respective spots on the depth chart. The newcomers seem to have the edge so far on the Jets’ veterans, with GM John Idzik feeling that Powell will also be in the mix. With this said, what does this mean for McKnight?

Ever since he put on a Jets uniform, McKnight has been a valuable player for the Jets, whether it was on offense or special teams — mostly special teams. McKnight has been an exceptional kick returner, placing among the league leaders the past few years. Is that all he will ever be?

McKnight, to be fair, has had some success in the backfield for the Jets, and there is no question that he is an athletic football player with a great upside. However, he is battling against three other backs who are pretty equally matched. McKnight does have an advantage due to the fact that he can catch balls out of the backfield; something that is highly used in Marty Monrhinweg‘s offensive system. However, can he be inserted into the rotation?

It is too early to tell where McKnight, or the other backs will fall into place, but one thing is for sure, two competitive competitions will be going on, and both will be very close to call.

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