The skinny on Chatman

Here are the thoughts on the newest Jet, RB Jesse Chatman, from Dolphin Insider Alain:

Alain: It's with much chagrin that the Dolphins see Jesse Chatman leaves for the New York Jets. Chatman proved a very solid backup to Ronnie Brown last year, averaging 4 yards per carry and getting 124 yards in a November home game against Buffalo.

Chatman has all the tools of a great back -- vision, patience in setting up his blocks -- and would be a Pro Bowl running back if he were bigger or faster. Remember that this is a guy who rushed for over 2,000 yards his senior year at Eastern Washington.

Chatman also has good hands out of the backfield and will make tacklers miss in the open field. He will give the Jets a tremendous backup for Thomas Jones and is good enough that he could push him for the starting job.

He's also a nice inspiration story, having revived his career last year following a couple of years out of football. Chatman had a great year as LaDainian Tomlinson's backup in 2004 before he basically ate his way out of the league. Given another chance last year by Cam Cameron, who had coached him in San Diego, he made the most of it.

Chatman also played on special teams last year and drew praise from Cameron for his work in that area. But, first and foremost, what the Jets got was a quality running back.

The only reason it's not a bigger blow for the Dolphins is they already have on the roster Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, who are two Pro Bowl-caliber backs.


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