Tuesday, February 5, 2013
RB in the draft for the Jets?
By Tim Kavanagh
It's not vital that an NFL team have a do-everything tailback on the roster these days, and while both Super Bowl contenders this season did have such a player -- Ray Rice and Frank Gore -- their backfields were bolstered by complementary players (Bernard Pierce for Baltimore, LaMichael James as well as QB Colin Kaepernick for San Francisco). The New York Jets don't have a player that can be their every-down option at RB, and in looking ahead to 2013, they'll actually be losing an RB who has posted consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in Shonn Greene. So where do they go from here?
Though the remaining RBs will count little towards the Jets' salary cap woes, it's unlikely that they replace Greene with a veteran player that will juice those numbers (Reggie Bush, or someone of his ilk). Instead, Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com believes, they may consider adding a prospect as early as the draft's second round:
Rich CiminiPositional analysis: RBs
"The Jets need a versatile back with outside speed and pass-catching ability. Free agent Reggie (Hot Sauce) Bush would be ideal for the Jets, but there's little chance they'd be able to afford him. They probably will rely on the draft to find a No. 1 or No. 1a back that can be paired with Bilal Powell. Eddie Lacy (Alabama) and Montee Ball (Wisconsin) will be intriguing in the second round."