We’ve had three weeks of NFL Regular Season action– three opportunities for Shonn Greene to show us he’s not the unimpressive back we saw last year. We’re still waiting.
Before the Jets Week 2 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, I wrote an article for Football Nation titled “TIME TO GO GREENE!” I proclaimed that Greene was going to be the “Fantasy Football Surprise Star” of the week and went so far as to say that he’d be a top three running back in Week 2.
Greene ended up running for 49 yards. He also had six receiving yards and a touchdown. He made me look foolish (a first for me). #23 has been making Jets fans (and the fantasy football managers who drafted him) look foolish for some time now. You see, I’m not the only one who’s predicted Greene would have a big game… or a big season in 2010.
Greene was supposed to be the man last year– he was supposed to be the starter. Instead, LT quickly emerged as the more dynamic, skilled RB. Greene ended up having half as many 100 yard games as he did when he went into beast mode in the 2009 Playoffs. That’s right, he only had ONE 100 yard game the entire 2010 season. We all got waaaaay too excited after those two great playoff performances.
This year, most of us were ready to give Greene another shot. “LT is even older now,” we said. “Greene is the true starter.” That’s true…but Greene is still playing poorly. He’s averaging 3.3 yards per carry and the most yards he’s rushed for in a game is 59. He has no moves– no elusiveness; he always seems to run right into the pile.
I still have hope that Greene will improve and that he can be an effective starting running back in the NFL (mostly because the Jets really, really need him to be). Still, with each passing game, and each sub-par outing by Greene, I wonder if he’ll lose the starting job again. He won’t get it back if he does.