EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27: Joe McKnight #25 of the New York Jets runs against the Buffalo Bills during their game on November 27, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Joe McKnight has gotten a look on offense with Tomlinson out of the lineup and has looked more explosive than LT. He has 161 yards from scrimmage on 29 offensive touches the last two weeks. Tomlinson still has the look of an elusive back when rested, but McKnight has a second gear that LT has lost.
The biggest reason I personally think McKnight should get touches at Tomlinson's expense is what I saw on the final drive. On that critical catch by Plaxico Burress when Buffalo blitzed, McKnight had an excellent pickup. Right now the biggest rationale behind playing Tomlinson would probably be his pass blocking skills. I would like to see McKnight given more of a chance to develop, which will only happen with more playing time. In a short span, he has already improved.
I think this might be a case where it is a question of performance against experience. I want McKnight to see the touches. Do you agree?