LaDainian Tomlinson Defying Critics, Sparking NY Jets

Double G SportsCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2010

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 03:  LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets runs against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Future Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson heard all the rumors. Critics all across the country had called LT washed up, past his prime, saying he is no longer able to carry an offense.

Not so fast!

If you look at all the offseason moves the New York Jets made - Santonio Holmes, Jason Taylor, Antonio Cromartie – Tomlinson is proving to be the best pickup. The veteran back was expected to take a backup role behind Shonn Greene.

Tomlinson has been a spark for the New York Jets offense, making plays and looking like his “old” self. LT leads the team in rushing and is seventh in the entire NFL at 85.2 yards per game. That’s 85.2 yards per game while splitting carries with Greene.

Everyone knew Tomlinson would bring versatility to the Jets backfield. He has always been a player that could catch the ball and make plays via screen passes and short dump offs. Now, Tomlinson is showing that he is still able to carry an offense in both the passing and running game.

Tomlinson has rushed for 341 yards on just 56 carries, a 6.1 yard average. In contrast, Greene has carried the ball 52 times for 223 yards.

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