How will crowded Jets backfield shake out?
LT is a Jet and the song and dance about the Vikings is over. So, where does he fit in New York?
If you are making a depth chart in March — which means little — where does Tomlinson stand? On that third line below Leon Washington? We know that Shonn Greene is going to be the No. 1 back with the first unit when this team comes out for its first padded practice in training camp, but after that I start to question where the former Charger fits into the game plan.
Last week, I floated the idea of a possible Leon Washington move by the Jets. This is a team that probably thinks they are only two to three plays away from the Super Bowl after the loss to Indy in the AFC Championship game. GM Mike Tannenbaum made the move for CB Antonio Cromartie recently, and as our own Mike Lombardi said yesterday, there is talk among Jets sources that a deal could be put together to bring the one and only Brandon Marshall to town.
And, that is why another move — with Washington — wouldn’t surprise me. But, even if he stays and is healthy by the time camp starts, how do you spread the football around in this backfield?
Could you see a situation where LT comes out of that first regular season game with maybe four or five touches? How is that going to fly with a player who isn’t afraid to speak his displeasure with the media?
I don’t doubt that LT can provide some value in a reduced role for the Jets, and they wouldn’t have made the deal if they didn’t see something left in those old legs. But, as Lombardi wrote this morning, LT isn’t the type of back who is going to be fresh come November and December.
Adding players via free agency and trades is a way to improve and upgrade your roster, but when you already have two weapons — and two weapons who have different styles in Greene and Washington — is there a reason to add a third player?
I understand that the scheme is very similar to Norv Turner’s and that the Jets offensive line can be mentioned as one of the best in the league, but there is still only one football in New York.
Something has to give in that backfield.
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