Injuries to backup running backs Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight may be forcing the Jets' hand, but no one would have thought that they would turn to Tim Tebow to fill the void.
According to the LA Times, they might do just that. Rex Ryan did not rule out the possibility in a Thursday press conference. Ryan supported Tebow's ability to play multiple positions, saying, "He knows all the positions and so, can you plug him in at running back? Can you plug him in at tight end, whatever? I think the answer is yes."
The Jets certainly haven't been shy about using Tebow in unique ways, be it on special teams or as a wildcat quarterback.
While these uses of their backup quarterback are unorthodox, they are a low-risk way to get production out of a player that the Jets feel is one of their most exciting.
Using him at running back, though, would admit that Tebow is not really a quarterback. If a team is relying on a player to be a quarterback, they wouldn't send him crashing into the line of scrimmage 10 times a game, as Tebow would do as a running back.
Ultimately, though, the Jets might be best served doing just that. Tebow hasn't been the wildcat quarterback the team envisioned, but he still has the power and determination to run effectively between the tackles.
No New York Jet is averaging over four yards per carry, showing the weakness of the Jets' offensive line, but Tebow has managed 3.6 yards per carry despite poor play-calling while he's in the game. The Jets have not been at all creative in their use of Tebow, and he still manages to find some success.
As a running back, Tebow would find even more success. Instead of running highly predictable wildcat plays, he could be the recipient of a variety of draws, screens and dives.
While using Tebow in this way would admit his failure as a quarterback, it would finally give him an opportunity to succeed as a player. Tebow would have more opportunities to produce, and he could finally find his place in the league.
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