Joe McKnight Is Getting Reps at Cornerback

EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - AUGUST 16: Joe McKnight #25 of the New York Jets rushes against the New York Giants during their game at New Meadowlands Stadium on August 16 2010 in East Rutherford New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Rex Ryan says Joe McKnight is seeing time in practice at a new position.

I think Joe McKnight (will be fifth on the depth chart at cornerback).  He’s been working that way.  It probably won’t be very multiple with him out there in coverage, but we’ve taught him a couple zones and I think we even taught him some man-coverage. He’ll be alright. He’s been out there. He’s a great athlete.  

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(He’ll play) at running back, at receiver, corner.  He’s going to play some for us.  I don’t expect him to play defense.  I hope.  That means we had some injuries.  If that’s what it takes, we’ll put him out there.  He’s from SC (University of Southern California), so he and Dennis (Thurman) speak the same language.

My first thought is obviously Troy Brown. It's good to teach guys new tricks in case of an emergency. McKnight's biggest future contributions will be carrying the ball, but any new tricks that add to his versatility also add to his value.

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