The combination of a struggling offense and some big time plays on special teams from Joe McKnight have helped peak the curiosity around Jets Nation as to what the former USC product could bring to the table, in any sort of extended role.
So far in 2011, McKnight’s accomplishments include blocking a key punt that led to a comeback win, running back the longest kickoff return on Jets history. He’s also caught a few passes downfield after lining up in the slot, and has had a few tries out of the backfield taking pitches outside hoping to break one down the sidelines. So now what?
We polled Jets Nation on Twitter by asking them “What size role do you want to see the Jets give Joe McKnight at this point in the season?”
31 Percent – 5-10 TOUCHES at RB/WR
24 Percent- 10 TOUCHES at RB 24 pct
15 Percent – 10-15 TOUCHES at RB
7.5 Percent – 15 TOUCHES as KR/RB/WR combined
7.5 Percent – Part of an even spread three ways (Greene, LT, McKnight)
7.5 Percent – Split carries 50/50 with Shonn Greene 7.5 pct
7.5 Percent – Continue along in the same role.
92.5 Percent – Role to increase towards a minimum of 5-10 touches per game.
The reasoning behind the increase in activity for McKnight included the following:
- Simply faster than both Shonn Greene, and Ladainian Tomlinson.
- At this point the Jets have nothing to lose.
- McKnight hits the hole faster.
- He’ll be effective in the same role as a Danny Woodhead: RB/WR
- The Offense needs a spark and additional breakaway speed.