Whoever said getting promoted was always a good thing never spoke with Joe McKnight of the New York Jets. McKnight, a back up running back and special teams player, was informed that he would now become a starter on the team. The problem is, it is not at running back. Or special teams.
In fact, McKnight has been moved to the defensive side of the ball, and will now replace the injured Darrelle Revis, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL suffered in last week’s overtime win against the Miami Dolphins. So far, the news has not sat well with McKnight.
“I was drafted as a running back,” he said. “The way I took it as I wasn’t good enough to play running back; that’s what I took it as. I don’t know if that’s the case or not.”
The way that Jets head coach Rex Ryan broke the news to McKnight may not have helped either.
“Rex walked in the room and said I got traded, I got traded to the defense,” McKnight told ESPN.com.
McKnight has some big shoes to fill, as Revis was viewed as the top shut down cornerback in the NFL for the past three or four seasons. Having to step in will not be easy for anyone, especially a player who has not played in the defensive backfield since high school.
“That does not help at all,” McKnight said. “It’s been a while since I played cornerback, maybe if I’d played cornerback in college four years. Me playing cornerback in high school does not help right now.”
With all of that being said, this seems like a rather questionable move by Ryan, considering that Kyle Wilson was drafted as the No. 29 overall pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Jets. One would assume this would be his time to step up and fill in for Revis, and perhaps even shine.
Wilson must have been assuming that would be the case as well, as when reporters asked him what he thought about McKnight filling in for Revis, he was said to walk away mumbling after rolling his eyes.
Another day, another controversy with the Jets.
And we all thought the Tim Tebow talk would get old.