Jets Lose RB Washington to Rams
Florham Park, N.J.- The Jets depth issues caused by early season injuries, as well as a suspension and a quarter-benching, are beginning to have a ripple effect on the rest of the Jets roster. Due to the early injuries to front of the depth chart players the Jets had to shuffle around their active roster and practice squad to shore up the bottom part of the depth chart at the injury depleted positions.
These moves have been necessary, but they have forced the Jets to take a chance that other teams wouldn’t come in and scoop up some of their practice players. Two weeks ago it was the New England Patriots signing fan favorite Danny Woodhead and yesterday it was the St. Louis Rams signing Chauncey Washington as insurance incase their own star running back, Steven Jackson, has to miss time with a groin injury he suffered in the Rams win over the Redskins on Sunday.
The Jets are in good shape at the top of the depth chart for their running backs for now, but if they were to suffer a injury to L.T. or Greene they would be struggling to replace them as the bottom of their stacked running back depth chart has been decimated.
Washington most likely would have been the running back the Jets turned to if they did have an injury to one of their top two backs. Since the Jets weren’t willing to risk losing McKnight, they might be forced to use McKnight. From what he has shown the Jets and the fans through, mini-camp, “Hard Knocks,” and preseason games, the kid clearly isn’t ready to play a critical part of this offense.
Chancey Washington played well enough to deserve a spot on the active roster with his physical play this preseason. However, due to the fact that McKnight was the high-profile draft pick this year the Jets thinking was that he would be the first of the three running backs (Woodhead and Washington being the other two), to be signed off the practice squad, so to the active roster went McKnight and to the practice squad went Wahington and Woodhead.
With the NFL being the league that it is, it was just a matter of time before teams starting facing injury issues at running back and would come to pillage the Jets practice squad. Woodhead got picked up by the Patriots and they would most likely be the only team who would have picked him up, because they would know exactly how to use him properly.
With the Rams losing their physical power running back they need to find another strong powerful running back so the offense doesn’t have to change it’s style. Chauncey Washington meet the St. Louis Rams.
The signing of Washington left the Jets with just three running backs on, both their active and practice, roster until the Jets began to scramble for replacements. The Jets signed running back Xavier Omon, third-year back out of NW Missouri State, to the practice squad to get them to at least four backs. The Jets also signed left guard Chad Reinhart, also in his third-year out of Northern Iowa.
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