Whenever I hear that “(Fill in the player) is expected to more involved in the offense,” I take it with not only a grain of salt, but with so many grains of salt that production at the Snyder’s of Hanover pretzel factory has to shut down for a week.
The Cowboys are going to establish a running game. Chad Ohcocinco has no problems sharing the spotlight with Terrell Owens. No, this is the year that the Texans make a run for the playoffs. Yeah, heard it.
These proclamations have about as much sincerity as Charlie Sheen reading a prepared statement in front of a rehabilitation center.
But I certainly believe this one from NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora.
LaCanfora is reporting that the Jets are going to start shifting to a 50-50 timeshare between RBs Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson:
- Keep an eye on the Jets’ running game down the stretch. The sense I got from a member of the front office is that Shonn Greene and Tomlinson could begin to see a more balanced role.
- In the past four weeks, L.T. has continued to carry the ball twice as often as Greene (67-35), but after running for about 5 yards per carry in the first four weeks of the season, Tomlinson is averaging just 3.85 yards per carry the past four games. Greene, meantime, is averaging 4.8 yards per carry over the last four games. It hasn’t gone unnoticed, and to expect L.T. to finish the season the way he started might be a bit naive.
Yes, we have heard this one before, but it makes a lot of sense and kind of follows the plan that the Jets used with Greene last year. Greene was sparingly used until the playoffs, when he came in fresh and bowled over the Bengals and Chargers en route to the AFC Championship Game. And it makes sense for them to do it again. Tomlinson is approaching the time of the season when he starts slowing down. And I am sure that the Jets’ training staff is readying that exercise bike on the sidelines for the team’s playoff run.
So do not run out and start Greene this week (sorry, had to make that clear for my editor). But have him at the ready for the stretch. And, for goodness sake, if he’s available in your league — that is 20 percent of you — pick him up.