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How Comfortable Are You With LT?

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We're running into a bit of a delay with the mock draft. It's nothing major, though. The two picks should be up some time this afternoon or evening.

In the mean time, I would like to take a look at something Rex recently said about Leon Washington's role. I haven't been able to get it out of my mind.

"I said he's a third-down back and a Pro Bowl returner," Ryan said. "I mean, that's a pretty big thing. Do we expect him to come back from the surgery he had ... and you're going to put him in there instead of Shonn Greene or LaDainian Tomlinson? Maybe you would. I'm not comfortable with that.

That implies Rex is comfortable with an expanded role for Tomlinson. I'm not going to question how great of a player LT used to be, but his numbers have gone down for three straight years. His average was 3.3 in 2009. He's also 30 years old and has run it 2,880 times in his career.

You could argue the offensive line the Jets help make him productive again, but even LT's biggest backer has to be honest. There's a chance he is finished. The trends of backs with the numbers described above is pretty clear. Leon may be a question mark, but so is Tomlinson.

I'm starting to feel more and more like the Jets should seriously consider targeting a back in the mid rounds if not the early rounds. It's fine to carry four halfbacks since two are major question marks.