At the beginning of the off-season, it seemed all but assured that Joe McKnight was going to be the "change of pace" running back behind Shonn Greene and L.T. Now that the preseason has played out, that is now anything but assured.
McKnight has had an up-and-down summer. He has shown flashes of brilliance, especially on special teams, but there have been a lot of red flags as well.
First, he has shown a propensity to break big plays. He had a great punt return against the Panthers in week two of preseason, but it has been downhill every since. He's also prone to fumble and then lose confidence.
Last night, he broke away from the pack last night, but then fumbled the football on a between-the-tackles running play. After that point, he lost confidence and ran tentatively again.
Rex Ryan let you know his feeling on the running back situation by continually rotating McKnight, Woodhead and Washington like a revolving door in a hotel lobby.
Washington demonstrated good vision, good balance, and a second gear that makes it apparent he can break big plays. Woodhead was his usual shifty and solid, gaining yards and catching the ball. Washington and Woodhead have certainly shown more than McKnight. Will it be enough to sway the coaching staff off of McKnight?