Originally Posted by eaglenj
Ill never understand that mcknight hate.
Rookie year - minimal impact, which is not uncommon for a midround rookie RB
2nd year - makes the pro bowl as a KR, minimal impact as a RB as we had veteran 1st and 2nd string RBs
3rd year - The coaching mistakenly sticks with a slow, non-passing catching starting RB, and then both powell and mcknight get hurt. Mcknight goes on to average 6 yards a carry in limited playing time.
Why on earth would we cut someone like him? Sparano had absolutely no clue what to do on offense, and as soon as holmes went down and hill struggled, rather then continue throwing downfield to clyde gates, should have been using powell and mcknight together and getting them the ball on misdirections and screens.
Mcknight hasnt been perfect, but again, when a 4th round pick makes a probowl, and contributes on offense, in spite of atrocious playcalling, its a GOOD thing.
Do you realize he was drafted to be a RB? Honestly, do you realize that?
The guy is good at ONE thing and only one thing. If not for kick returns he would have been cut already.
He was given a FAIR and SQUARE shot at getting more playing time at the RB spot. He failed miserably. Bilal Powell won that competition. A player a year younger with far less league time.
You honestly think it's Rex Ryan's fault, that McKnight didn't get any RB time? Get real.
The fact is, he just ISN'T as good as Greene and Powell. That is a fact based on their very open competition in TC just last summer. He got fumbleitis in the preseason and it cost him. Should that come as any surprise to you? That you lose the competition because you have problems with ball security?
We needed this guy to step up in the depth chart by now and he hasn't been able to.
Moreover, what about TWO seasons in a row going into big games with our hated rivals the Patsies and giving up fumbles that cost us points? He's been a major reason why the Patsies have slaughtered us at home the past two seasons.
And it goes beyond just what I've stated. 3rd string RB's are expected to make an impact in more than one area. Based on a 53 man roster, you must get more than one task out of your 3rd string RB.
The Jets have not been able to get any significant contributions from McKnight as a RB. He's a one trick pony.
With a decent pick in the draft he could very easily be replaced.