Shonn Greene will get a bigger role in Jets' backfield

The New York Jets are ready to take their offense and strap it to the back of Shonn Greene.

That is the message offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is sending right now despite a crowded backfield that also includes LaDainian Tomlinson, Joe McKnight and rookie draft pick Bilal Powell.

Greene has done his best work in the year the past two seasons and Schottenheimer tells Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that Greene is “without a doubt” ready for 18 to 20 carries per game, the kind of workload that would get him over 300 for the season and put him among the league’s most used runners. Greene has just 293 carries over the last two seasons.

Shonn’s ready to take that next step,” Schottenheimer told Mehta. “He’s just gotten better year in and year out. His durability this year was outstanding. You just see the confidence in his eyes. His ability to pick up pass protection stuff has been terrific the last couple years. We expect a breakout season from him. He’s a guy that’s got just huge, huge, huge potential that we think is right there ready for him to grab.

“Even toward the latter part of the season, he got a lot of the work just because he had the hot hand. When Shonn is on his game and running hard, there’s not a single defensive player, including linebackers and defensive linemen, that want to see him coming with a full head of steam at them.”

So, take your fantasy football tip while you can even though we’re in the midst of the lockout.

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