Shonn Greene Being Held on the Back Burner

David WyattAnalyst ISeptember 25, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 14:  Shonn Greene #23 of the New York Jets runs the ball against the St. Louis Rams during their preseason game at Giants Stadium on August 14, 2009  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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A few people have been in touch about Shonn Greene and asking when we might see him on the field. Rex Ryan was asked this during his press conference this week and didn't commit to a timetable on Shonn getting some touches with the Jets

"We're just trying to win and if that means Shonn is in the game running the ball for us, great," Ryan said. "But the good thing about this is we are in the win business. If that means we are going to put another defensive player up in his place or in somebody else's place, so be it."

Nobody was more delighted with the pick of Greene than I was, after watching him in college a little, reading about him pre and post draft, as well as seeing just what kind of player and man he was, I was sure this was the right move for the Jets.

Unfortunately, we were unable to see much of the obvious potential that Shonn possesses, as he was bugged with a nagging rib injury during the preseason, which may have been a contributing factor to him sitting out opening week in Houston.

After the Jets moved up to draft Greene, many analysts questioned how useful he could be as a every-down back, with his lack of receiving skills out of the backfield. Well, everything that I have heard from Rex Ryan and the coaching staff this preseason seems to suggest that he is doing just fine in this area and is already making some vast improvements.

Rex decided to go with the extra defensive lineman in Week one which was the sensible choice with Ellis being suspended and the fact that Greene had missed a lot of time towards the end of the preseason with a rib injury. However, he dressed for week two although he never got a touch.

Thomas Jones is likely gone after this season, so Shonn is definitely the future of this organization, however I feel that he needs to get some touches if we want him to take on a extended work load next season.

I have a feeling that we may well see him sooner rather than later, maybe not much this week, the Titans are good against the run and poor against the pass, expect to see a lot of play action and a lot of Leon, however sooner or later he will get his chance. I'm confident that a year or two from now.

When discussing Shonn, we will talk about him sitting out the first two games and finally getting his chance and being able to use the phrase:

"The rest is history."