We all remember the training camp last year where Joe McKnight simply was not ready to contribute as a player - throwing up during camp is not a good start to any NFL career.
He had a shaky 2010 preseason - great on special teams and below average as a RB. There was added controversy that the Jets kept him on the active roster and cut Danny Woodcock, who has since flourished with the New England Patriots.
But in the last game of the 2010 season, granted it was against Buffalo's last-ranked rush defense, McKnight exploded into a 158 yard performance with 4.9 yards per carry.
I will say that one big game against an awful team does not an every-down player make. However, in these first 4 games of this 2011, season there have been many signs that McKnight deserves a legitimate shot.
Shonn Greene is simply showing nothing and LaDanian Tomlinson has become almost exclusively a 3rd-down back. I am not completely ready to say that the team needs to move on from Greene, but the team cannot maintain the status quo and expect to return to the playoffs, much less the Superbowl.
If Joe McKnight is elevated on the depth chart to more than just a special teams guy, maybe he will prove that he is who we thought he would be when we drafted him.
I say let's kick the tires, if not against New England then definitely against Miami.