Florham Park, NJ – With the recent additions of running backs Mike Goodson and Chris Ivory there has been a lot of speculation about Joe McKnight’s future with the team. If you’re of the opinion that McKnight will be the odd man out and lose his roster spot, McKnight has a message for you and any other doubters.
“Like I said, I don’t care who they bring in,” Said an adamant McKnight, “They’re going to have to kill me to take my spot. So, whoever they bring in, I don’t care.”According to McKnight a reporter had implied that he wouldn’t be with the team for long and that didn’t sit very well with the running back/kick returner.
“No, I’m not angry, I’m not angry at all. I’m just tired of people just running their mouth, just talking about I’m not going to be here.” Said McKnight. “So I’m just going to make a point to prove I’m going to be here.”
If McKnight does indeed stay with the Jets it’s likely he’ll be one of four backs along with Goodson, Ivory and Bilal Powell. Four running backs might seem to be one too many, but all four backs have had injury issues in the past so it might make sense to keep them all. If they do keep all four, McKnight said new offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg, has different packages drawn up for all four backs.
“I mean, all four (of us) is going to have their own package, so whatever package we’re going to be in, sometimes we might be on the field together, so you just never know. But we know we’re going to have our own packages.”
Last year many people expected to see McKnight used in an expanded role, maybe line him up in the slot or as a receiver out of the backfield, anything to get him in space, but for whatever reason Tony Sparano never tried anything of the sort. This year it appears Mornhinweg is building player specific packages to take advantage of each player’s strengths and McKnight couldn’t be happier about it.
“Yeah (I like it) a lot, he’s (Mornhinweg) got me motioning out to the slot and motioning me out to wide receiver. We got a lot of mismatches and misdirection runs.”
McKnight has proven to be an electric play-maker in the return game (with the exception of a few fumbles), but this year he plans to prove, not just that he’ll still be on the team, that he can be a game-changer as a part of the offense as well.
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