In the weeks leading up to the Jets 2014 Training Camp, we will take a position-by-position look at some of the key storylines to follow this summer.
The Jets didn’t lack for big plays in the run game last season, finishing sixth overall in carries of 20+ yards with 14. But despite finishing sixth in the NFL in rushing at 134.9 yards per contest, points were hard to come by as the Green & White placed 29th in scoring while averaging just 18.1 per outing. So in free agency, the Jets went out and got themselves a true home run threat in
“He’s a pretty fast dude. I thank John Idzik for bringing him in,” said Jets assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn. “We wanted explosion and he got us an explosive guy. It’s our job to get him in space and get him in certain matchups and use him the right way. I’m sure we will, but we’re glad he’s here.”
2. Ivory More Than Power: Amongst all running backs with 100 carries,
3. Powell Has No Weakness: The ball distribution amongst the backs will be scrutinized all year. Just like Chris Ivory, Biall Powell is also coming off his best season as a pro with 697 rush yards and 36 receptions. The 5’10”, 204-pound Powell is an excellent blocker, and he and Johnson give the Jets attractive options in the pass game out of the backfield.
4. Johnson Gives Jets Another Gear: Coming off injury and after six full seasons of pounding in the NFL, CJ might not be as fast as he was at the 2008 NFL Combine when Johnson flew to a 4.24 in the 40-yard dash. But a healthy Johnson remains one of the fastest players in the league as he has produced 68 carries of 20+ yards in his career. And you wouldn’t assume that Johnson will get anywhere close to the 290 carries he averaged per season in Tennessee, so the legs will be fresh.
5. New Version of Ground & Pound: In addition to the talented trio, the Jets think FB
“You don’t finish in the Top 10 if you’re not committed to the run, so we’re still committed to the run,” Lynn said. “We’re going to run the football and when people try to take it away from us, we’re going to take advantage of what they give us and we’re going to go over their heads. So that’s Ground & Pound.”