In part one of the interview, Daniel Mogollon tackled health concerns surrounding McKnight and now we delve more into the style and substance of the player.
GreenAndWhiteReport.com continues its look at the 2010 Jets' draft class with another interview with Daniel Mogollon, president of NFLDraftBible.com and College Football Insiders founder. Mogollon is a frequent interview voice during draft season, lending his expertise as a college football talent evaluator. This is part two of the analytical interview with Mogollon as we break down former USC and now New York Jets' running back Joe McKnight.
And for more in-depth analysis of the draft league-wide and a look ahead to the 2011 NFL Draft, check out www.NFLDraftBible.com ! Look for part two of the interview this holiday weekend.
GreenAndWhiteReport.com: How will the Jets split up touches between L.T. and McKnight?
DM: That's an interesting question. If all goes according to plan McKnight will really have to earn his touches because Tomlinson can play that change of pace role behind Greene and he is a proven receiver. So the answer to that question has as much to do with how much Tomlinson has left in the tank and whether or not Greene runs with the starting role as it does McKnight's progress.
I expect the rookie to start the season as the number three back. Of course Greene is unproven and Tomlinson's best days are behind him, so pre-season plans can change rather quickly.
GreenAndWhiteReport.com: Is McKnight going to contribute this season, and if so, how much and in what capacity?
DM: I think he will. Greene is slated to be the starting back but he had only 108 carries as a rookie and after seeing extended playing time in the playoffs he went down on the second play of the second half of the AFC Championship Game against Indianapolis. Can he carry the load over a 16-game season? No one really knows. Tomlinson was a shell of his former self last season and in my opinion will be better suited to playing in a limited role so he can remain as fresh as possible.
Even though everyone's excited about the Jets' potential as a passing team with Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, and Dustin Keller, I still believe they are going to be a run-first team. That means they must replace the 331 carries Thomas Jones had last season and it would behoove everyone if McKnight played a role there. If Greene stays healthy I'd say anywhere between 75 and 125 touches between carries and receptions for McKnight.
GreenAndWhiteReport.com: We all hear the comparisons so answer this - is McKnight is going to be the next Reggie Bush?
Is Kim Kardashian on the market? Seriously, we've been hearing the comparison since McKnight committed to USC and I think he is probably tired of them. He clearly wasn't Bush as a collegian and by the way…who could have been? Matching Reggie's production as a pro will be an easier task but having said that, I do think Bush is the better athlete and better football player.
It will be tough for McKnight to match Bush's production as a receiver and game-breaking return man, but he won't have to. New Orleans drafted Bush to be a superstar; the Jets are going to ask McKnight to be a role player.
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