Are the Jets looking at upgrading their running back battery? Brian Costello of the NY Post confirms that the Jets are interested in the Patriots BenJarvus Green-Ellis, or “Benny” as he is often called by Bill Belichick.
The Jets have expressed interest in Patriots free agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, according to a source. The interest is preliminary at the moment and nothing is imminent. The two sides have yet to schedule a meeting.
Green-Ellis could be an interesting target for the Jets. He has rushed for 2,064 yards in the first four years of his career while splitting duty in New England, and has never fumbled in 510 career rushing attempts.
The Jets are always upfront about their “every day, every rock” mantra when it comes to upgrading the team, but Ellis is a similar back to Shonn Greene in terms of production – Green-Ellis ranked 15th in the league in 2011 while Greene ranked 12th. He might not have had the opportunity to accumulate as many yards as Shonn Greene, but he would be a threat to Greene’s playing time and not just a shelved backup if the Jets were to bring him in. Green-Ellis has proven a pretty good red-zone back too, scoring 11 TDs in 2011 alone. One more factor in favor of Green-Ellis is that he’s been a more consistent threat historically in the passing game than the improving Greene … though of course it helps that BJGE had Tom Brady throwing him the ball.
I would love nothing more than for Shonn Greene to run away with the starting job, but he’s had more than ample opportunities to do it in the past few years and he’s been able to produce consistently enough to convince the Jets. We’ll see what the Jets do from here …