Is Greene good enough to carry Jets' load?

June, 17, 2011
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In this week's "Pressure Point" installment, Scouts Inc. analyst Matt Williamson examines the looming role of third-year New York Jets running back Shonn Greene.

Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer recently declared Greene could be a workhorse for them in 2011. After all, LaDainian Tomlinson will turn 32 this month.

Williamson sounds skeptical Greene can handle the job, pointing out the former Doak Walker Award winner rushed for more than 76 yards in a game once last season, including the playoffs, and that came against the feeble Buffalo Bills run defense.

Williamson writes:
Greene is big and physical. He is built to take a pounding. He needs to be a volume runner to excel. Greene runs behind an offensive line as good as any as you will find in the NFL and is in an offense geared to take the burden off the Jets' young quarterback. To me, this should be the perfect combination for Greene to excel. He didn't last season.

Greene also is a liability in the passing game. He simply doesn't have good enough hands to contribute regularly.

The Jets used a fourth-round draft pick on Louisville running back Bilal Powell, a year after they drafted USC running back Joe McKnight in the fourth round.

Does that suggest apprehension about Greene? Williamson thinks so.

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