The big question heading into the 2014 season for the New York Jets was whether Geno Smith or Michael Vick would get the nod at QB, but now the Jets could have a new position battle on their hands.
With a strong showing by Bilal Powell in the team’s Week 2 victory, there could be a three-way battle for the lion’s share of carries during the regular season. Depth at the running back position is never a bad thing, and the Jets should be ecstatic it has three capable backs who could help out their offense. Powell didn’t have a chance to play in the team’s first preseason game, but when he put on his pads in Week 2, it seemed as if he was in midseason form.
Powell only carried the ball four times, but he tallied 41 yards rushing, a touchdown and another 13 yards receiving. Even though he caught my eye with his great play against the Cincinnati Bengals, the penciled-in No.1 running back Chris Johnson wasn’t too shabby himself. Johnson finished the game with 63 rushing yards. On top of that, the Jets’ bruiser between the tackles, Chris Ivory, sat out the game because he was nursing a rib injury.
There’s a saying that goes, “If you have two quarterbacks fighting for a starting job, then you don’t have one good one,” but if the Jets have a plethora of running backs on their roster, they can switch them in and out and play to each one of their strengths. This running back battle is a welcomed one for the Jets, unlike their battle at quarterback that is sure to steal the front page of newspapers.
It should be interesting to see how the Jets manage their running back position, and which player separates him from the pack.