With all eyes currently focused on the Jets air attack, the question of who is going to run the ball in 2013 is still a huge question mark.
The Jets let Shonn Greene — a thousand yard rusher in 2011 and 2012 — leave via free agency in the off-season. In his place the team signed Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson, both have shown strong potential but neither have any real NFL track record. And due to Ivory’s hamstring injury and Goodson’s unexplained absence, both are yet to practice during training camp.
In the interim, the Jets offense has been left to work with Joe McKnight, Bilal Powell and John Griffin. Powell and Griffin have taken on the task, and while McKnight has practiced every day he seems to suffer from a different ailment during each practice — he failed the team conditioning test, due to “dehydration”, and then experienced migraines over the weekend.
McKnight, Powell and Griffin all fill a hole on the depth chart, but they will not, regardless of their best efforts, be able to carry the load for the Jets in 2013. The bulk of the plays will likely be taken by Ivory, and hopefully Goodson (if he ever shows up). However, the longer the two are not in a Jets uniform, the more worrisome the the Jets running game becomes. We might need Geno Smith to run the read-option after all.