The New York Jets tout their offense as Ground and Pound, however this season it’s resembled more Ground and Plod. Could there be changes coming as the Jets move away from RB Shonn Green and and handing the ball more to Bilal Powell? The Jets are averaging less than 100 yards on the ground per game while Greene’s play has been unremarkable.
Green has averaged just 2.1 yards per carry on the ground in his last two games and has totaled just 2.8 yards per carry for the season. He has totaled 57 carries so far in the regular season but less than 10% (5) of his carries have resulted in first downs. In comparison, New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley has carried the ball 52 times and 18 of those carries have resulted in first downs.
Enter second-year Louisville running back, Bilal Powell. Powell has shown a little burst in limited action so far this season, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. He has produced five first downs in just 22 carries for the Jets so far. He has also averaged 13.3 yards per reception catching passes out of the backfield, showing some explosion.
The lack of explosion is what’s plaguing Greene. I did not have Greene on any of my fantasy draft boards this season, I simply did not like his prospects this season. He’s never shown me anything at the running back position. He simply comes with high expectations each season and then fails to live up to them, mired in mediocrity each year.
The Jets need to do something at running back. I thought they made a mistake by not bringing in Cedric Benson or signing BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Fantasy owners who have Greene on their roster should seriously be thinking about hitting the waiver wire and adding Powell. However, don’t plan on starting either player for the Jets in the next two weeks. This week, New York hosts the San Francisco 49ers, a team which has only allowed 22 points to opposing running backs this year. In week five, the Jets host the Houston Texans, a team allowing just 67 yards on the ground per game. In week six, the matchup gets a little more tasty with the Jets visiting the Indianapolis Colts and their 25th ranked run defense.