Jets may make Joe McKnight a two way player
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With the Jetsí top cornerback Darrelle Revis, sitting out Sundayís game with a concussion, running back Joe McKnight may move to defense to give the Jets some depth in the secondary.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that McKnight practiced at cornerback this week. McKnight, who played cornerback for one play last season, would be the fifth healthy cornerback on the roster with Revis out.
Moving McKnight to defense temporarily makes sense, as he doesnít have much of a role on the offense now that heís been beaten out by Bilal Powell for the third-down role. McKnight played just three snaps on offense in Week One against the Bills, in addition to playing 14 plays on special teams.
Jets coach Rex Ryan has said that he likes getting talented players on the field in any way he can, whether itís Tim Tebow on special teams or Antonio Cromartie on offense. Although Cromartie didnít play any offense in Week One, he said during training camp that heís the second-best receiver on the team.
No word on whether McKnight considers himself the second-best cornerback on the Jets.
NY Jets running back Joe McKnight practices at cornerback in preparation for game
NY Jets running back Joe McKnight practices at cornerback in preparation for game against Pittsburgh Steelers
The Jets may expand Joe McKnight’s role in an unconventional way against the Steelers on Sunday. The Daily News has learned that McKnight, who was beaten out by Bilal Powell for the Jets’ third-down running back job, practiced at cornerback this week.
McKnight played in just three of the Jets’ 67 snaps in Week 1, according to Pro Football Focus. His primary responsibilities will be at running back, but the Jets may use him as an emergency cornerback in Pittsburgh.
McKnight took some practice reps all week and met with defensive coaches to prepare for the task, according to sources.
The Jets are down to only four healthy cornerbacks on the active roster after All-Pro Darrelle Revis (concussion) was ruled out for the game. The Jets typically have carried six cornerbacks on their roster in the past.
Ryan can’t have enough good corners against the Steelers, who could feature four- and five-wide receiver looks.
McKnight got a taste of defense in 2011. He was used as a blitzing back on one play against the Ravens in Week 4.
McKnight played cornerback and free safety in high school. He was recruited as a DB before Pete Carroll turned him into a full-time RB at USC.
McKnight is not the first Jets player this year to cross over to the other side of the ball in practice. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie worked at wide receiver in training camp with the expectation that Gang Green would have a “Cro Package” for him. Cromartie, of course, declared himself the second-best wideout on the team in camp.
Tim Tebow maintained that he is intent on staying a Jet regardless of his backup position with the team. Tebow took nine snaps and did not attempt a pass in the opener against the Bills, but he remained steadfast in his desire to build a foundation with the team.
“I love being here,” Tebow said Friday. “I’m thankful for it and want to be here for a long time.”
The Jets re-signed tight end Dedrick Epps from the Bears’ practice squad and placed him on the active roster in light of starting tight end Dustin Keller’s hamstring injury. Keller will not play Sunday.
I didn't know Pete switched him to RB.