An interesting position battle has opened up for the fourth running back spot on the 53 man roster. Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Joe McKnight are virtual locks to make it. Danny Woodhead and Chauncey Washington sit lower on the depth chart.
It is possible both could make it. The Jets are thin at receiver with Santonio Holmes suspended, and the team does seem to like Woodhead's receiving skills. Gang Green activated him from the practice squad last year to convert him to wide receiver.
The team might opt for just one, though, which could make it a choice between Woodhead and Washington. My pick would be Washington. He looked good hitting holes and running through tackles in preseason. Will it translate to real games? I couldn't say, but I would like to see him get a shot.
Woodhead had chances last year and didn't looked great. He's faster but doesn't do much with that speed. He doesn't really make people miss. He always seems to go down at first contact as well, too small to break tackles. His size also makes me skeptical of his ability to contribute on special teams. It is too easy to take him out of the play. He doesn't play bigger than his size like Jim Leonhard.
My guess is both will initially make the team. If I could only choose one, I would take Washington, though. How about you?