Saturday, August 14, 2010
L.T. gives Jets multiple Wildcat options
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The New York Jets already had one Wildcat-style specialist in Brad Smith, a receiver who played quarterback at the University of Missouri.
Now they have two players who can run, catch and throw.
The Jets were snapping to LaDainian Tomlinson in Saturday morning's training camp practice at SUNY Cortland.
"I guess the cats out of the bag there, eh?" New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said Saturday morning when asked if they would use Tomlinson in a Wildcat role.
Tomlinson is a prolific thrower among running backs. He has completed eight of his 12 pass attempts for 143 yards and seven touchdowns. He threw for three touchdowns in 2005.
The fact the Jets are working on Wildcat plays should give defenses a little something extra to think about.
Ryan pooh-poohed the Wildcat's impact before playing the Miami Dolphins for the first time. The Dolphins used it several times while rolling up 412 yards against Ryan's defense and winning 31-27.
"A lot of problems," Ryan said. "You've just got to plan for it. The biggest thing is when you've got a guy that can run and throw like we have. Now you got issues."