Thursday, March 21, 2013

Jets' RBs coach says competition is 'wide open'


The New York Jets added Mike Goodson to complement new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's system while filling a depth chart void left by Shonn Greene.

But that doesn't mean Goodson will have the No. 1 tailback spot handed to him. (photo: Brook Ward, Flickr)

"... in my opinion it’s wide open,” Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn recently told the team's website. “That is what you want. You want guys coming to camp, coming to work every day and competing for the position, knowing that if you slack (off) — someone else is going to step right in.”

Lynn said Goodson, formerly of the Oakland Raiders, is a guy he's been eying "for a long time." Goodson's speed and strong pass-catching ability makes him a very good fit for Mornhinweg's West Coast-style scheme.

The fifth-year back averaged 12.2 yards a reception on 16 catches last year. In 2010, Goodson hauled in 40 catches for 310 yards. He averaged 6.3 yards a carry on 35 rushes last season.

Lynn added that he expects returning tailback Bilal Powell, who shared backfield time with Greene last year, "to really jump off the charts this year and really grow." Powell averaged 4.0 yards a carry last season on 110 rushes, scoring four touchdowns. He also caught 17 passes for 140 yards -- an 8.2 average.

As of now, Powell is slated for the between-the-tackles role Greene held over the last few years but recently re-signed fullback Lex Hilliard or a draft pick could assume that gig.

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