At 5-11, 226 pounds, Shonn Greene, the soft-spoken, hard-running tailback for the Jets, embodies coach Rex Ryan's ground-and-pound running game. Equally capable of shedding tacklers and shooting through gaps, Greene grabbed the starting tailback position in the offseason, insisting he is refreshed and fully confident.
"You know me, I love to fire a fresh back at ya," Ryan said. "But to start with, I'm thinking the plan is you're going to get a heavy dose of Shonn Greene."
"He's catching the ball much better than he has," Ryan said. "Which isn't saying much. When he first got here, remember that? It was like, somebody make two guys run to the same spot, play the deflection. But he's catching the ball well now."
Greene seems primed for a breakout season as he enters the year as the Jets' starter. There is talk of 300+ carries and if Ryan now has confidence in Greene's pass-catching ability, he could be a nice value in the 4th round on draft day. His value is depressed because he has been something of a disappointment in fantasy circles, but he's a young back who is the RB1 in a run-heavy offense, and he has averaged 4.5 ypc in his career. He clearly has more value in standard formats than in PPR leagues.