Originally Posted by NY2FLDWC85
Nothing homerish about his post man. The only thing we'll miss in regards to Tomlinson are his leadership abilities and pass protection, but as a pure backup running back? L.T was on the verge of near retirement as a shell of what he once was.
Lots of nay-saying critics considered McKnight a bust after only his rookie season, I've actually been a big fan of McKnight since being drafted out of USC, with threads created showing my support/belief in McKnight. (USC's coaching staff considered him a Reggie Bush type of athlete) and I never once quit on Joe McKnight, all because he was "out of shape" and/or threw up as a rookie during training camp.
After lots of negative fans considered McKnight a "bust" after only his rookie season, what did McKnight accomplish during his 2nd season? He became the best special teams player on a Mike Westhoff coached special teams. McKnight, as only a 2nd year player, ended up leading the league in average yards per kick return and I believe, also set a Jets all-time franchise record in that regard.
As of right now? We have the same fans who considered McKnight a "bust" after only his rookie season, as being the same fans stating that McKnight has "no chance" of breaking out as a 3rd year player in regards to the offensive side of the ball. I completely disagree. McKnight emerged as a special teams threat during only his 2nd season, and I truthfully believe that he'll become an impact player for our offense during year number 3. Why? Because this kid is fast, very quick, extremely explosive once he breaks off into the open field and overall? Has the potential/ability to become an impact offensive player behind our offensive line. I also believe we'll see McKnight lined up with Tebow during wildcat formations and/or featuring McKnight on lots of screens in order to get his offensive ability into the open field.
I love Shonn Greene as a powerful back, but I believe we'll see McKnight become our feature back sooner, rather than later. This kid is full of talent, and in my eyes, it's only a matter of time before our coaching staff tap's into his offensive potential. Year #2 he emerged onto the scene as a special teams weapon. Year #3 is when he becomes a Jets fan favorite. Think Leon Washington, but much stronger.
It's very homerish.
Joe McKnight will be a better 3rd down back than LT?
What is this based on exactly?
So far, McKnight has proven to be nothing more than an explosive kick returner with a knack for putting the ball on the ground.
He has all but 16 receptions in his career and less than 325 rushing yards with a 3.9 yard average. The kid has been a big underachiever ever since his USC days.
Even at the end of his career, LT still possessed some of the best hands out of the backfield and could hold his own in pass protection. We have no idea what we have in McKnight.