The New York Jets continued to tweak their roster following Saturday’s cut deadline, claiming RB Alex Green, OT Ben Ijalana and OLB Scott Solomon off waivers. The Jets released RB Khalil Bell and ILB Danny Lansanah and put ILB Josh Mauga on injured reserve to make room these new additions.
Green is the standout of the new players. A third-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2011, Green actually led the team in rushing last season. New draft picks Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin cost him his roster spot with the Packers, but Green will get plenty of chances to contribute in New York.
Mike Goodson is suspended for the first four games, leaving the Jets without a true third-down back. Bilal Powell is expected to get the first crack at the role, but that is more by default than because his skill set is a good fit. Green, however, is the perfect fit as a third-down back. He is a natural receiver, and his 4.4 speed makes him the only breakaway threat in the Jets backfield.
Green caught 18 passes in his 12 games last season, averaging 6.9 yards per catch. He is very comfortable running routes out of the backfield, and he knows what to do with the ball after the catch. Green is also solid in pass protection, a must for a third-down back. Powell is not nearly the receiver Green is, so don’t be surprised to see Green quickly become the running back who is on the field in passing situations.
The Jets appear to have settled on Geno Smith as their starting quarterback, so giving him a safety valve out of the backfield is a great idea. With Goodson’s legal issues still unsettled, Green could become even more valuable to the Jets. This was an example of how to perfectly take advantage of the waiver wire, and Green should immediately become a contributor to the Jets’ offense.