Battle of the RB: LaDainian Tomlinson vs. Thomas Jones, Week 1

Mets ParadiseCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 27:  LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets in action against 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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One of the Jets biggest losses of the off-season also led to one of their biggest gains.  I am referring to the Jets allowing Thomas Jones to leave as a free agent and the signing of LaDainian Tomlinson to replace him.

TJ was a warrior for the Jets over the past 3 years rushing for 3,833 yards and scoring 30 touchdowns.  He was the main component to the the Jets "Ground and Pound" offense that led the NFL last season in rushing attempts.  The one negative on Jones is that he is not much a of a receiver out of the back field.  He was known on and off the field as a team leader and a positive influence in the locker room.  His departure from the Jets left many players and fans upset.

TJ's replacement would end up being LaDainian Tomlinson. You might remember LT, who is the best running back to play in the NFL over the past 10 years.  He holds several NFL records including Single season touchdowns (31), single season rushing touchdowns (28) and the most points scored in a single season (186).  Yet after two sup-par years in San Diego many people have pronounced LT's career over.  LT would up becoming a free agent when San Diego decided not to bring him back after 9 seasons with the team.  LT signed with the Jets to be a complement to Shonn Greene. He has been working all off-season to prove the naysayers wrong and show he still has some life in his legs.

I for one was sad to see TJ go.  He played hard and was a great Jet, but I was excited when I heard we signed LT.  I really do think LT is going to be a great addition to this team and will some flashes of his previous self.  With that said let me point out I do not expect him to be the player he once was, instead I see him as a perfect complement to the bruising running style of Greene.  The question that remains is was this a good move?  We will not know for sure until the end of the season but I plan to take a look at the production of each back every week.

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