Is LaDainian Tomlinson Back?

Matt PaoneContributor IAugust 27, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 27:  LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets runs against Chris Horton #48 of the Washington Redskins  during their preseason game on August 27, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Watching the Jets game tonight, the play of LaDainian Tomlinson stood out.

He looked like he had that extra spring to his step that was missing over the last couple of years. L.T. looks like he is poised to have a good year and maybe not being the featured back anymore will help him.

Since he will be backing Shonn Greene up this year it should keep his legs fresh, which will only help increase his production. The chances that he will have those MVP years of the past aren't that high, but that’s not what he needs to do anymore.

Tomlinson had two carries tonight that made me to think I was watching the L.T. of the mid 2000’s. First was the long run he broke out when the Jets were inside their own 10-yard line.

The second run was in the second quarter when he got past the line of scrimmage, and then did a really nice side step to get outside for a good gain. Those two runs showed why the Jets will be able to count on L.T. to be a productive player.

I did not see L.T. make any cuts or show that type of quickness in any of the Chargers games that I saw last year. If your fantasy football league is drafting this late, I suggest picking L.T. as your main backup and possible No. 2 RB. Tomlinson could definitely make all those Jet fans who want Thomas Jones back here to change their minds. He will also add to the Jets passing game more so then Thomas Jones would have.

L.T. is a great pass catching running back and he is also a good blocking RB. Those two attributes make him a great third down back and a perfect complement to Shonn Greene. Tomlinson should also see a lot of goal line situations as he has a nose for the end zone. Shonn Greene and L.T. should form a lethal one-two punch, especially if the former MVP shows the quickness he showed tonight.