L.T. Wants To Make A Statement

Jets' free agent signing wants to give the Jets another option at running back.

During mini-camp last June, it was often hard to tell that LaDainian Tomlinson was a member of the Jets. Other than stretching with the team, Tomlinson was often held out of most drills as he worked on conditioning with an eye towards getting himself 100% for this week's training camp. Now that Tomlinson started practicing, really practicing during training camp and getting a few thwacks and hits thrown his way, he's now officially a part of "Gang Green."

After having his worst season of his career with the San Diego Chargers in 2009, many wonder whether the talent he had will resurge this season. Tomlinson has quietly put those questions to rest so far this week.

"Its going great you know. As I talked about yesterday I am kind of getting back into it," responded Tomlinson when asked about how he was doing at practice.

Coach Ryan gushed about him mid-week and for good reason – L.T. looked solid when making sharp cuts to receive passes from the quarterbacks during drills. Tomlinson showed consistent flashes of his former self, especially when making an amazing one-handed grab on a ball thrown to his back by sophomore QB Mark Sanchez. Roars from the crowd showed that they appreciated the new weapon that has been added to the lineup.

Though he looked decent at practice, Tomlinson is not guaranteed to be starting for the Jets with incumbent Shonn Greene the odds on to start. The veteran says he hopes to have a solid role with the team.

When asked about the competition between him and the other running backs, Tomlinson showed his competitive side.

"I think there is going to be a point when I its like, shoot we got two guys just throw it up and which ever one you want. That's the kind of relationship it has to be and that's what it has to be out on the football field," Tomlinson said. "It doesn't matter to me who gets the ball it really don't as long as at the end of the year we are all standing on the podium holding up that trophy and hugging each other. That's what is important to me."

Tomlinson's comments reveal him to be a team-first player however comments about him acting superior from his previous teammates in San Diego astonished him.

"It is pretty surprising because we all had a great relationship and I never put my self in the position to be bigger than the team. I mean I never acted like it so its surprising but again you know it is what it is. Guys feel differently and I am moving on."

He definitely has moved on now that he joined the Jets. However much cynicism surrounds the question whether he will be able to pull off what he did back in 2006.

"I just want to prove that I am not done wherever I may be," Tomlinson said. "I still can make plays and I am still a valuable part of the team."


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