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The Culprits: Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson, Joe McKnight, Bilal Powell
On paper, there is certainly potential for the crop of running backs in New York. Chris Ivory is a bruising runner, and both Mike Goodson and Joe McKnight are shifty runners in open space.
The biggest issue is Ivory. The man simply could not stay healthy in New Orleans, despite playing in an often times four-deep rotation at the position. He has never played more than 12 games in a season, and that's actually been his total number of appearances over the last two seasons.
Then you have Goodson, who has only played a full 16-game season once and has had a host of character concerns throughout his career, including an arrest for drug and weapon charges this offseason, according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com:
Goodson arrived with character concerns. There was nothing major on his record, but he bounced from the Panthers to the Raiders before becoming a free agent, and it always raises suspicions when a player with raw talent is on the move.
The questions centered on his attitude and personal issues, a league source said. The Jets took a chance, betting on his upside with a three-year, $6.9 million contract.
Now his future with the team is a major question mark after Friday's arrest on drug and weapon charges. An opposing scout, familiar with Goodson's background, said of the Jets: "Do these guys do background checks?"
McKnight and Bilal Powell could break out, but that's a lot to count on next year. The Jets are the worst-off in this area.
Honorable Mentions: Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts