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Shonn Greene is now the feature back of the New York Jets. After a somewhat disapointing preseason and a rough couple of first games last year the Jets made the decision to split the carries between Greene and LaDanian Tomlinson with LT getting more of the carries.
This season the Jets are ready to make the switch to Greene being the feature back. However, if he never makes it to the field the Jets will have to look to the veteran Tomlinson, 2nd year RB Joe McKnight and rookie Bilal Powell.
Greene missed the afternoon practice today with a low-grade skin infection on his right foot. He took part in this mornings walk-through, but was limping toward the end of the session.
Tomlinson took most of the practice carries and Powell worked as the No.2 back, as Joe McKnight missed practice due to a concussion he suffered in the Monday night game against Houston.
The problem for Greene has always been durability and whether or not he can make it through a full season taking the majority of the carries. The Jets are looking for about 250 carries from Greene this season, but he can’t do that from the sidelines.
This means that Tomlinson will get the start at RB this Sunday against the Bengals with Joe McKnight, if he plays, and Bilal Powell taking a lot of carries as well.
This could be a big oppurtunity for 2nd year back McKnight and the rookie Powell to make an impression on this coaching staff. Tomlinson will take more carries, but the Jets want to be conservative with him to keep him fresh later in the season if possible.
McKnight after a terrible training camp and preseason last year has been showing promise this year and this could be his chance to show the Jets brass why drafting him was a good choice.
Powell who’s been having a quiet camp could also benefit from added carries as well.
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