FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — With the Jets likely to be short-handed at running back this week against New England, there could be a familiar face at the position.
That would be Tim Tebow.
Asked on Thursday if the quarterback could see some time at running back, Jets coach Rex Ryan said, “That’s a possibility. The thing about Tim, with him being a football player like we’ve always talked about, Tim can — by playing quarterback he knows all the positions. And so, can you plug him at running back? Can you plug him at tight end? I think the answer is yes.”
Joe McKnight (high ankle sprain) and Bilal Powell (separated shoulder) were both set to miss practice again on Thursday, though Ryan did not rule out either for the game against the Patriots. He said as the week went on, the Jets would judge their availability. Reports out of New York suggest that neither will play.
Without McKnight and Powell, the only two running backs on the Jets roster are Shonn Greene — who had a breakout game against the Colts on Sunday — and the recently signed Jonathan Grimes.
“We have guys that can go,” Ryan said. “Obviously Shonn really took the majority of all the snaps, even on third down. Grimes has been here now for four or five weeks. There’s other things we can do.”
One of those other things is to use Tebow, who has yet to really find a place in the Jets’ offense.
“I would be ready for whatever I would be asked to do, absolutely,” Tebow said on Wednesday. But asked whether it would be a possibility for him to play at running back, Tebow said, “I don’t know. It’s not something that’s been talked [about] or planned or worked on at all, so probably not.”