RB Shonn Greene - Free Agent
|6-0, 227||Born: 8-21-1985||College: Iowa||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2009|
2014 Week 1 vs KC (15 / 71 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Shonn Greene was fortunate to be the Titans starter entering the regular season. He had played very poorly in the preseason, but the Titans kept their faith in him over rookie Bishop Sankey. Greene showed more burst and better vision in this game, but he still proved to be a limited player overall. Greene had 15 carries and never left the field for good. He didn't seem to be injured, but he did concede more snaps to the other backs in the second half.
2014 Week 2 vs DAL (5 / 40 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Shonn Greene had just five carries for 40 yards in this game. Each of those carries came in the first half and the scoreline will be used as an excuse for his limited usage, but realistically the play-calling was too pass-happy from the outset in this game. It's understandable that Whisenhunt wanted to get Locker and his weapons going against a very poor secondary, but imbalancing your offense immediately gives the defense an advantage that it hasn't earned. Greene should have played a greater role in this game.
2014 Week 3 vs CIN (10 / 33 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Shonn Greene continued his positive start to the season with a number of effective carries early in this game. His highlight play was a very well blocked stretch run off the left side that sent him clear down the sideline for a big gain. Greene started the game and he had a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but he was sparingly used as the offense looked to incorporate Sankey more.
2014 Week 4 vs IND (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene continues to be the starter for the Titans. In a sense, Greene is both used too much and not used enough. He is used too much because he doesn't appear to be as effective as Sankey when he gets the ball. He is not used enough because he is still effective when he is on the field and the Titans insist on throwing the ball too much.
2014 Week 5 vs CLE (11 / 36 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bishop Sankey took away some of Greene's snaps early in this game, but he was still featured in the offense. Greene was as impressive as he has been all season, he is consistent but still very much limited once he gets past the line of scrimmage. Sankey's presence on the field highlighted this even more. Greene needs at least 15 carries per game to be as effective as he can possibly be, the Titans don't appear to have any interest in giving any back that many carries.
2014 Week 8 vs HOU (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene started the game, but he quickly conceded the bulk of the carries to Bishop Sankey.
2014 Week 10 vs BAL (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Shonn Greene had just three carries and a crucial fumble at the goal line. His value to the Titans is in his reliability, so at this point, it appears that Bishop Sankey has taken over his job.
2014 Week 11 vs PIT (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene was used as a short-yardage back as Sankey carried the load. He was effective in that role, but also received limited touches in it.
2014 Week 12 vs PHI (6 / 15 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene had the first carry of the game and he took the ball for three yards between the tackles. He gave way for Bishop Sankey to be the feature back after that carry, until the offense was at the goal line. From there, Greene carried the ball twice for short gains, with the second one ending in the end zone. Greene was very much a complementary back to Sankey as he rarely saw the field. He was his usual consistent, but unexplosive self when he touched the ball.
2014 Week 13 vs HOU (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene had two first half carries in short yardage situations. He impressed on both, but one was negated by a penalty.
2014 Week 15 vs NYJ (16 / 50 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Against his former team, the Titans decided to give Greene a heavy workload. That heavy workload took its toll on the running back as he left the game for a spell during the third quarter, but for the most part he proved to be as consistent as ever. Greene still lacks the explosiveness to be a valuable starter, but he should keep his role as the short yardage back in Tennessee.
2014 Week 16 vs JAX (7 / 28 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene didn't see the field until the Titans' third drive, a drive that started in the first quarter. He was able to cut the ball upfield on an outside run for 11 yards. Most of his yards came on that play as Greene reverted back to the role of a reserve after carrying the load against the New York Jets on Sunday.
2014 Week 17 vs IND (11 / 94 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene came in early on during the first drive for a Third-and-Short situation. He was met behind the line of scrimmage, but fought through the contact to convert for a first down. In the second quarter, the Titans were backed up on their own one yard line. They turned to Greene to dig them out of that hole with two carries that set up a Third-and-6. On the following drive, Greene broke off a long run for a first down when the Titans' excellent blocking allowed him to escape outside. That run set the offense up in the red zone because the field had initially been shortened by a long kick return. In another short yardage situation during the third quarter, Greene broke through the line of scrimmage with ease before running right over a safety to break free for a huge play. He was stopped just short of the end zone.
2013 Week 1 vs PIT (4 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene had a handful of carries in the first half as he spelled Johnson. He made good reads behind some good blocking to get as much as he could out of each play. However, Greene went out with a right knee injury early on and gave way to Jackie Battle.
2013 Week 7 vs SF (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene was the third back into the game and he had his first carry on second and long. He took the ball from the shotgun for a short gain off right tackle.
2013 Week 9 vs STL (9 / 38 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec)
Greene came in at the end of the first drive to steal a touchdown away from Chris Johnson. He took the ball out of the shotgun and followed his blocking before an extra effort pushed him into the endzone. On the following drive, Greene caught a pass out of the backfield and showed outstanding speed to escape down the sideline for a 28 yard gain. Greene came in again in the third quarter to convert a third and very short. Greene was making big plays every time he got the ball. Later in the third quarter, he broke up the middle for 15 yards to start a drive. Four more yards followed on the next play as he dived forward outside right tackle. The Rams finally stopped him on the next play, but not until Greene avoided two tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Greene got a few more carries early in the fourth quarter, as he added eight or so more yards.
2013 Week 10 vs JAX (9 / 22 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Greene came in for the Titans' third series and got the ball on every down. However, he was stopped short of the first down marker after catching the ball underneath on third down. Greene stayed on the field for the next two drives, but didn't do enough to prevent Johnson from returning in the second quarter. Greene and Johson split the workload in the first half, but Johnson was the primary option again in the second. He didn't run as well as he has in previous games, but he had a respectable showing.
2013 Week 11 vs IND (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene had just three carries for 10 yards as the Titans gave Johnson a heavy load. At worst, he continued to be the short-yardage back and was reliable if not overly impressive like he has been in previous games. Greene's big chance to take from Johnson's workload came against the Jaguars last week and he didn't take it. He'll be fortunate to get another opportunity it seems.
2013 Week 12 vs OAK (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene had just four carries in the game, but he featured as the primary option on a number of drives. He remains just a complementary piece to Johnson.
2013 Week 13 vs IND (10 / 39 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Greene continued to run very well in a limited role, but his day was tainted by a personal foul penalty in the third quarter. After an impressive eight yard run on first and 10, Greene taunted former teammate LaRon Landry and was punished 15 yards.
2013 Week 14 vs DEN (9 / 46 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene came in as soon as the Titans were at the goal line. He scored a touchdown with his first carry by staying alive with a good second effort. Greene received the majority of the carries in the second quarter, as his running style seemed to fit better against the Broncos' defense. Greene broke off a big touchdown run by escaping off left tackle and outrunning a defensive back to the pylon. Greene showed up better than Johnson, but not dramatically.
2013 Week 15 vs ARI (3 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
As has become custom this season, Greene came in during the second quarter for his series in place of Chris Johnson. He had one particularly nice run but he was mostly just a complement to the passing offense as the Titans looked to avoid running at the Cardinals' greatest strength.
2013 Week 16 vs JAX (19 / 91 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene and Johnson shared the load in the first half and neither player could make much of an impact. In the third quarter, Johnson had a number of nice runs to the second level before Greene came in to rip off a big gain that brought the offense to the goal line. Once there, the Titans didn't risk giving the ball to Fitzpatrick. Instead, Greene took two carries to score the touchdown. He was stopped initially on a pile for his first carry, before his second saw him cutback and onto the goal line. When the Titans wanted to kill the clock late in the fourth quarter, they turned to Greene. His first few carries were impressive, before he was stopped to set up a third and seven. Chris Johnson came in then and converted with a very impressive run. After that, Johnson and Greene both got carries, but couldn't move the chains before the Titans punted the ball back to the Jaguars.
2013 Week 17 vs HOU (6 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene had six carries for 10 yards. He never made much of an impact when he was on the field, but he did at least get the yardage that his offensive line gave him. With Chris Johnson excelling, Greene stepped further into his shadow during this game.
2012 Week 1 vs BUF (27 / 94 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Bills defense kept Greene bottled up early in the game as he collected 42 yards on 11 carries in the first half. He found more room to run late in the game, however, as the Jets tried to protect the ball and run out of the clock. Greene finished with 27 carries for a solid 94 yards, with nearly all of them coming between the tackles into the heart of the Bills defense. He converted a 1-yard touchdown run with a little over a minute to go to put an exclamation point on a dominant win over a division rival.
2012 Week 2 vs PIT (11 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene came out running hard and gaining the necessary yardage to keep the team on schedule. His running helped get Mark Sanchez into a rhythm early, but a second quarter head injury sidelined him until halftime. Greene appeared woozy after colliding with safety Ryan Mundy, but he re-entered the game in the second half (something that may bring some scrutiny to the Jets by the league office). He struggled, though, committing a holding penalty to effectively end one drive and getting a six-yard loss to hinder the drive that Tim Tebow began. Greene lacks elite talent. The yards that he gets are the yards that present themselves by the blocking schemes - and rarely any more.
2012 Week 3 vs MIA (19 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
On paper, this was a tough match-up for the entire Jet rushing offense. Greene's paltry 2.1 yards per carry were indicative of this match-up and Greene's talent. Greene isn't an elusive runner and doesn't possess the talent to overcome tougher match-ups. Greene lacks the speed needed to get to the edges of the defense and just doesn't have any burst. Dolphin tacklers routinely corralled Greene after small two or three yard gains. While Greene ran hard and followed his blocks, his high pad level left him susceptible to the first tackler. Greene didn't offer much more than a simple check down option on passing downs.
2012 Week 4 vs SF (11 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Another week, another unimpressive performance by Greene. On paper, this was a tough match-up for the entire Jet offense. However, Greene lacks the talent to overcome difficult match-ups. Defenders had no problem taking down Greene after minimal gains. Despite his obvious short comings as a running back, the Jets are stubbornly loyalty to him. It's worth noting that Bilal Powell started the first series of the game, but Greene was quickly rotated in on the third snap. Greene was taken off the field for most third downs, but Powell didn't exactly provide a spark that many had hoped for. The Jets are really lacking an identity on offense, so the running game will continue to suffer.
2012 Week 5 vs HOU (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
After slogging his way through the first three quarters, Greene ran hard during the fourth quarter. On the first play of his team's ninth drive, Greene delivered his most impressive run to date. The play call was a designed run up the middle. However, Greene cut to the right, lowered his pad level and punished defenders for extra yardage. This play resulted in a 12-yard gain and a first-down. More importantly, it showed Jet fans that Greene can run with a purpose and an attitude. Two plays later, the Jets came back to Greene on a screen pass. Greene set-up his blocks before navigating his way for 19 yards. No one will mistake Greene for Jamaal Charles, but he demonstrated patience rather than trying to outrun his blockers. Given the rushing attack's ineffectiveness, it's worth noting that the Jets made a conscious effort to get Joe McKnight touches. However, McKnight was largely unimpressive and Greene once again came out with the starters. The Jets are stubbornly loyal to Greene, but if he consistently shows patience and determination like he did in the fourth quarter, Jet fans will start to appreciate him.
2012 Week 6 vs IND (32 / 161 / 3 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Jets' loyalty to Shonn Greene finally paid off. For the first time all season, Greene ran with authority, determination, and most importantly, a low-pad level. Greene set the tone early on during his team's second drive. Greene took a 2nd-and-7 carry and exploded up the middle for 21 yards. Nick Mangold made a great second-level block, springing Greene for the big gain. Greene racked up 91 first-half rushing yards, nearly matching his season total. Throughout the afternoon, Greene did not let the first tackler bring him down. Instead, Greene kept pushing piles and delivering the blow to unsuspecting defenders. The Colts' defense doesn't resemble the '85 Bears, but Greene and his backfield mates gored the Colts for 252 rushing yards in an absolutely dominant performance. Greene's three touchdown plunges came from 10, 4, and 2 yards out. Of Greene's touchdown runs, his four-yard run was the most impressive. Greene took the handoff, made an athletic spin move to evade Antoine Bethea, and broke an arm tackle to get into the end zone. Rather than just plodding along for three or four yards, Greene wanted to punish Colt defenders. Greene had so many impressive runs that it's impossible to list them all. However, Greene demonstrated the same attributes (i.e. a low pad level, patience, a willingness to cut back) on each of these runs. With both Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight suffering injuries, the Jets will continue to lean on Greene.
2012 Week 7 vs NE (16 / 54 / 1 rush, 9 / 6 / 34 / 0 rec)
After last week's impressive performance, the Jets continued to feed the ball to Greene. Greene finished off his team's first drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge off left tackle. Greene continues to demonstrate a hard-nosed, rugged running style that defines the Jets' 'Ground & Pound' mantra. While Greene started the game on a high note, there was some obvious miscommunication between Greene and Sanchez at the onset of the Jets' fourth drive. As Vince Wilfork penetrated into the backfield, Sanchez did not power the hand-off into Greene midsection and Greene fumbled it away. This miscue resulted in a safety. Greene isn't known for his receiving ability, but he was targeted on nearly a quarter of Sanchez's pass attempts. On most receptions, Greene would leak out of the backfield, settle into the soft spot of the zone, and pick up a few extra yards after the catch. After Greene's sixth and final reception in the fourth quarter, Greene took a hellacious, clean shot from Brandon Spikes. Greene was able to get up on his own accord, but missed his team's next two drives. Greene briefly appeared in overtime before being replaced by Joe McKnight.
2012 Week 8 vs MIA (15 / 77 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
It was the tale of two halves for Greene. When the game was competitive, Greene was only able to generate 16 first half rushing yards against Miami's front seven. However, with his team facing a 20-0 deficit at halftime, the Jets continued to run the ball and Greene took advantage of Miami's relaxed defense. During his team's ninth drive, Greene ran off right tackle, cut back to the middle of the field, and accelerated for 36 yards. This was the longest play of Greene's career. If Greene possessed the speed of Chris Johnson or Jamaal Charles, the play would go for a 75-yard touchdown. Outside of this play, Greene plodded along for modest three, four yard gains and assumed his normal check down role on passing situations. Greene caught one quick dump off over the middle and turned up field for 21 yards. Greene evaded the first tackler by making a nice move, but he doesn't possess the breakaway speed to outrun defenders in the second level.
2012 Week 10 vs SEA (15 / 58 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Greene turned in another workman-like, non-inspiring performance. He was able to pick up 18 of his 58 yards during his team's first drive, but was stuffed on a 4th-and-1 rush at Seattle's 40-yard line. This stop shifted momentum back to Seattle. During the first half, Bilal Powell spelled Greene on third downs, but Powell sustained a concussion in the second quarter and did not return. During the third quarter, Greene took a toss right for nine yards, his longest run of the game. Greene showed good patience, waiting for his blockers to engage before hitting the edge. With Powell and Joe McKnight nursing injuries, Greene is the lone, healthy Jet running back. His runs aren't exciting, but Greene is clearly receiving the majority of rushing attempts.
2012 Week 11 vs STL (18 / 64 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene continues to run hard, but with Bilal Powell returning to the backfield mix, he saw very little time in the second half as the Jets were using Powell effectively. The Jets offensive line did well to open up some holes for Greene in the first half, and he might've scored in the fourth quarter, but Powell came in as the third down back and was able to get into the endzone. Greene has been playing within himself recently, realizing he needs to run downhill have any effectiveness. But it's not exactly paying off for him, especially with Powell and McKnight starting to take snaps and touches from him, and the state of the Jets offense as a whole. With his rookie deal expiring following the season, the Jets are probably considering moving forward with Powell and McKnight.
2012 Week 12 vs NE (14 / 71 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Greene found some early success against the tenth ranked, Patriot run defense, but a costly fumble put his team in a precarious position. During his team's first two drives, Greene amassed 34 yards on five carries. Greene's first run was a thing of beauty as he accelerated up the middle off of Nick Mangold's block for an 11-yard gain. During his team's third drive, Bilal Powell handled the majority of the carries, but Greene's number was called on a 4th-and-1 carry at New England's 31-yard line. New England sold out to stop Greene and met him at the line of scrimmage. As Greene tried to extend the ball for the first down, Brandon Spikes knocked the ball out and Steve Gregory recovered it. This turnover led to seven New England points. In total, Greene generated 62 yards on ten first-half carries. However, Greene earned 28 of those yards with his team facing 20+ point deficits. During the second half, Greene had an opportunity to redeem himself on a 4th-and-Goal play from New England's one-yard line. However, the Jet offensive line did not get a push off the line of scrimmage and Greene was stuffed. Greene ceded second half carries to Bilal Powell and Powell rewarded the Jets with a rushing touchdown. Powell has scored three rushing touchdowns over the last two weeks while Greene has only two red zone carries. Powell is a more talented runner than Greene is, but the Jets seem to relish Greene's hard-nosed, plodding running style.
2012 Week 13 vs ARI (24 / 104 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Shonn Greene played exceptionally well during the second half. After rushing for just 29 first half yards, Greene ran with an attitude at the onset of the second half. Greene amassed 65 second half yards on 15 carries as he ran with good balance and a low pad level. With his team holding a slim 7-6 fourth quarter lead, Greene gashed the Arizona defense for 41 yards on seven carries as he helped run out the clock. On a 2nd-and-5 carry, Greene was stopped as he ran up the middle. However, he kept the play alive by bouncing to the outside and accelerating down the left side line for a 19 yard gain. On his final carry of the game, Greene had a clear path into the end zone, but opted to fall down at the 1-yard line so the Jets could take a knee and run out the clock. While his fantasy owners cannot be too happy about this, it was the correct play to preserve the win. Greene took roughly 60 percent of the snaps, but Tony Sparano did a nice job of mixing Greene's bruising style with Bilal Powell's slashing style.
2012 Week 14 vs JAX (20 / 77 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene turned in another workmanlike performance. Greene and Powell nearly split carries as the Jets gashed the generous Jacksonville defense. Greene showed why he's great effort runner by routinely plowing through the first tackler for additional yardage. After a five week touchdown drought, Greene cashed in a one-yard touchdown plunge during the third quarter. Greene was patient as he let Lex Hilliard engage his block before leaping into the end zone. Greene's most impressive run, a 15-yard scamper down the right sideline, showcased Greene's ability to recognize cut back lanes. Greene took the hand-off to the right, cut back to the middle of the field and accelerated down the left sideline. Greene and Bilal Powell nearly split carries as the Jets deployed an ultra conservative game plan.
2012 Week 15 vs TEN (13 / 68 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
Once again, Greene was impressive as the passing offense sputtered. Greene ran angry with a low pad level and gashed second level defenders. Greene's longest run of the game, a stretch play to the left, went for 16 yards as he initiated contact and lunged forward for extra yardage. When given carries, Greene was able to generate four to five yards per carry. However, Mark Sanchez's inability to establish a balanced offensive attack limited Greene's opportunities.
2012 Week 16 vs SD (14 / 38 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)
Greene had a huge first half, but was shut down in the second half along with the rest of the New York offense. He picked up 30 yards on a well-designed screen pass up the right side early on, which accounted for a large portion of his 80 yards from scrimmage. The Jets drove to the goal line, but Greene was stuffed on first and goal. Fortunately for his owners, the Jets went right back to him on second down and he was able to power in off the left side. On a later possession in the first half, Greene was again stuffed at the goal line on first down. Again the Jets went right back to him on second down and he pushed his way in for the score, kind of falling in behind the offensive linemen. Aside from the scores, Greene did actually run well and showed an unexpected burst through the hole on a couple of occasions. But as mentioned, with the Jets trailing for the entire second half, Greene didn't have much of an opportunity to build upon his first half point total.
2012 Week 17 vs BUF (19 / 74 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Greene led the team in carries on Sunday, but was only able to average 3.9 yards and looked like the 2nd best RB on the team. Greene longest run went for 13 yards, but like the majority of his other 16 carries, was nothing more than a straightforward run at the middle of the Buffalo defensive line. At one point Greene, comically, tried to run outside but the results were just as one would expect. With absolutely no burst, Greene tried to juke LB Kelvin Sheppard on the outside but was easily dropped for a two-yard loss. Perfectly exemplifying Greene's abilities as a runner, Greene's 2nd carry of the 2nd half was a vanilla run up the middle. With no push from the line and no immediate hole to plow through, Greene was stuck and easily dropped for a three-yard loss. Greene caught two passes, but much like his foray into space via the running game; his efforts were uninspired and he was only able to pick up three yards.
2011 Week 1 vs DAL (10 / 26 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
It looks like the Jets were serious about making a huge effort to be a passing team, as Greene only got 10 carries the whole game. When he did get to tote the rock, he looked a little lackluster and was unable to gain much yardage. Some of that was the shaky offensive line play, but Greene didn't seem to have much pop. He got hit at the line several times and often could push the pile or drag the tackler for more yards. In the end, and when things looked bad, it was veteran LaDainian Tomlinson on the field for most of the night. Greene was barely a factor in what was once supposed to be his offense. The Jets were down for much of the game so it remains to be seen how much Greene will get to do in the coming weeks when the Jets lead rather than trail.
2011 Week 2 vs JAX (16 / 49 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
While Greene got the bulk of the carries this week, he continues to be generally underwhelming when carrying the ball. Part of this is the continued lackluster run blocking of the offensive line but part of it falls squarely on Greene's shoulders. His 3.1 yards per carry is indicative of a lack of burst through the hole and a difficulty breaking tackles. It almost seems as Greene runs right into a pile and then stops moving his legs. He isn't running with determination or power. What Greene has done well is catch the ball when Sanchez needs to look for him. However, it isn't offsetting his overall mediocre play. On top of everything else, even with a large lead, the Jets are not running the ball a ton. Greene isn't getting a ton of chances and he isn't doing much when he gets them.
2011 Week 3 vs OAK (15 / 59 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 47 / 0 rec)
For what seemed like the first time this season, Greene ran with power and managed to break multiple tackles while gaining yards after contact. Another difference between previous weeks and this one is the bigger chunk of snaps Greene played. Unfortunately Greene coughed the ball up once early in the third quarter, though the recovery by Oakland was wiped out by a penalty, but it was just one time and the first this season. Also on the down side was the fact that Greene just doesn't hit the hole quickly or hard. Greene was also heavily involved in the passing game, vital to keeping him productive in a game when Sanchez threw the ball 43 times (his seven receptions was highest on the team). Greene showed good hands, catching all seven of his targets and showing good speed and determination with a nice 15 yard catch and run on a short pass across the middle. Greene is catching the ball well, though he is far from an outstanding receiver. Greene looked better than he has all season and while he didn't have a huge day on the ground, his involvement in the pass game kept him productive.
2011 Week 4 vs BAL (10 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene continues to show very little to give the Jets hope that he can be their main back. In his defense, the offensive line play was atrocious all game long and the Ravens were able to spend a large portion of the game in the Jets' backfield. Also, the Jets were down big early and so the offense went to the air quickly to catch up. We're also still seeing the result of a general shift by the Jets to a passing offense, which has limited Greene's opportunities the last two weeks. All those things aside though, Greene is not showing any power between the tackles and lacks the speed to take the ball outside. He seems to be playing without drive and in a game where the defense is as fired up as the Ravens always are, a running back has to work twice as hard anyway. Not having that killer instinct is a problem. The poor line play and absence of C Nick Mangold may by Greene another game or two, but he needs to show something very soon.
2011 Week 5 vs NE (21 / 83 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
The thought process on Greene is that he is the type of back who wears a defense down as the game progresses but it seemed as though it was Greene who wore down later. In the first half (where he took 50% of his carries), Greene ran for an average of 4.9 yards per carry. However in the second half, his average dropped to 3.4 yards per carry. Some of this might be attributed to the defense keying on him and making Sanchez beat them through the air, but while Greene started off running hard, he often ended up stuffed for no gain later in the game most often on first or second down. Some of that was certainly predictability-12 of the Jets' 19 first downs (including a spiked ball near the end of regulation) were called runs, most of them to Greene. You see lots of stacked fronts when they know a run is coming and that makes it hard to escape the line. Greene lacks the speed to get outside and found himself hit at the line more often as the game progressed.
2011 Week 6 vs MIA (21 / 74 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Greene continues to just look mediocre. Even though he breaks off a nice six or seven yard run every once in a while, Greene all too often seems to be running in molasses. While the offensive line is a far cry from 2010, Greene doesn't show speed, burst or vision when they do open holes for him. He was able to move the pile more effectively as the game progressed and the Dolphins wore down but over all he just doesn't look great. On one play late in the game, Greene cut a run outside to the edge where he was able to gain a few yards, though fell short of the touchdown. Had Greene possessed even average speed and quickness, he would have had that first down. Instead, he barely got around the corner and couldn't convert.
2011 Week 7 vs SD (20 / 112 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
For the first time in awhile, Greene looked very good running the football. Most of his rushing duties were straight up the middle and into the heart of the defense, but he was up to task. He ran with authority, showing good burst and power and rarely being tackled by the first defender. It helped that he was often given huge holes to run through, but the important thing to note is that he didn't miss them. The San Diego defenders also weren't really wrapping him up, just banging off of him. He came close to scoring on one particular run, but stepped out of bounds just before stretching for the goal line. He was then stood up on a carry from the line of scrimmage, and gave his owners quite a scare on the next one. Greene tried making a cut but fell down untouched near the goal line and immediately grabbed for his leg while on the ground. It looked like it might be a bad injury, but he actually got up pretty quickly. He came out briefly as Joe McKnight came in, but Greene got back into the game just one play later.
2011 Week 9 vs BUF (19 / 76 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene had a solid outing against an overmatched Bills defense. He helped the Jets dominate the time of possession battle early on with a steady diet of power runs up the middle, but also showed some downhill speed on a 41-yard run that was called back due a holding penalty. Greene was clearly the team's feature back early on as he received 11 first half carries compared to 3 for McKnight and just 1 for Tomlinson. He did not have as much success in the second half as the Bills began stacking up to stop the run, but still finished with respectable numbers on the day of 76 yards and a 4.0 average per carry. Greene was not involved in the passing game and gave way to Tomlinson and McKnight at the end of the game as the game got out of reach. He also fumbled the ball in the red zone in the third quarter, but it was recovered by the Jets and then Tomlinson got the goalline carry 2 plays later.
2011 Week 10 vs NE (13 / 61 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Greene has played much better of late, and when running the ball this week he looked pretty good. He ran with power, kept his legs churning and moved the pile. However, in the third quarter Greene made a big mistake which turned out to cost the Jets quite a lot. On the play, Greene went out on a pass route and found himself wide open in the middle of the field. Sanchez fired off a pass to him, though perhaps a bit too hard. Regardless, the ball hit Greene in the hands and popped up into the air as the running back could not hang onto it. Patriots OLB Rob Ninkovich (who would later have another interception and return it for a pick six) plucked the ball out of the air and returned it 18 yards. Eight plays later, the Patriots scored a touchdown, increasing their lead to 23-9. Greene really didn't seem to put much effort into catching the ball--whether he didn't expect it or just put forth a lackluster effort, it was a critical mistake and Greene saw the ball just three more times after that. In fairness, with the Jets behind that isn't a shock. While he played well overall, the poor effort on that pass cost the Jets dearly.
2011 Week 11 vs DEN (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Greene left the field with a rib injury early in the game and while he had his helmet on and was on the sidelines in an obvious attempt to get back in the game, the team did not allow him to play. X-Rays have come back negative since the game and Greene has a good chance to play next Sunday against the Bills.
2011 Week 12 vs BUF (13 / 78 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Greene got the start at RB once again and looked impressive throughout the game, often picking up big chunks of yards at a time. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry but surprisingly only received 13 carries and was not given an opportunity to take over the game. The Bills did control time of possession as the Jets game plan seemed to be more pass-heavy and they had difficulty sustaining any long drives for much of the game. Greene also contributed in the passing game this week with 3 catches on screens and dumpoffs, but he was not able to break free for any big gains. He was spelled at times by Joe McKnight but remained the feature back.
2011 Week 13 vs WAS (22 / 88 / 3 rush, 4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Like the rest of the offense, Greene had a tough time early on, with a heavy workload (13 carries) with little result (32 yards). Greene started to come alive a bit in the second half which makes sense as Greene is aback who gets better as the game goes on and the defense wears down due to his physical running style. Further, Greene's rib injury didn't seem to factor in at all in how he ran the ball. He also took several direct snaps, one of which resulted in a 9 yard touchdown. On that play the Redskins seemed very confused and Greene slipped between blockers into open space, scoring easily. It was his second touchdown on a day when he scored three, the first time a Jet has done so since Thomas Jones in 2008. Greene actually took a little heat for his final touchdown as Rex Ryan would have preferred he knee at the one so they could kill the clock and avoid putting the kicking team and defense out again where they could sustain an injury. On the whole, Greene had a solid game and showed a good nose for the end zone which the Jets will need badly in the coming weeks.
2011 Week 14 vs KC (24 / 129 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 58 / 0 rec)
In what was one of the better performances of his career, forget this season, Greene ran with power and also showed some receiving skills on his way to a career best 187 total yards. After a poor first half of the season, Greene has started to look like the back the Jets need him and expected him to be. The more carries he gets in the game, the better he does as he wears defenses down with his physical running style. Greene laid a nice hit on Chiefs free safety Kendrick Lewis on his touchdown run in the second quarter. On the play, Greene took the handoff and changed direction to cut left across the line. He broke an arm tackle by linebacker Tamba Hali, then delivered a hard hit to Lewis, bowling him over at the goal line. Greene continues to heat up at just the right time for the Jets again this season.
2011 Week 15 vs PHI (18 / 73 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene started out doing very well, grinding out tough yards against the soft middle of the Eagles' defense. Then the Jets turned the ball over three times, of which two were converted to scores by the Eagles and suddenly Greene was put on the backburner. First half: 10 carries for 48 yards. Second half? Eight carries for 25. With the offensive line struggling so much, Greene just didn't find the room he did early on. That said, he ran well for most of the night and showed good power breaking tackles and fighting hard for yards.
2011 Week 16 vs NYG (14 / 58 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Greene had a rough first half as the Giants did a great job of containing him and the Jets threw the ball a ton. Greene was more effective when the Jets focused on their 'ground and pound' game. The offensive line seemed to have a lot more luck against the tough Giants defensive line when they were blasting out to open holes for the run game than when they were trying to react and protect the pass game. Greene ran tough, delivering hits and looked like he could be in a good position to wear the Giants defense out, but near the end of the game there were just too many mistakes and the ground game wasn't as vital.
2011 Week 17 vs MIA (14 / 55 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene had a rough day between the bad field (causing players of both teams to slid and lose footing) and a determined Dolphins defense, Greene was bottled up most of the game. While Greene ran hard, he was unable to break free for very many runs. It didn't help that much of the plays called seemed obvious to Miami's defenders and because the Jets never throw downfield, it's easy for the defense to hug the line and wait for a short pass or run. Greene was also the target on a late game interception. On the play, Greene slipped across the middle and while covered, had room in front of him to catch the ball. However Sanchez threw behind Greene and while Greene tried to prevent the interception, he slipped and was unable to prevent the defender from catching the ball.
2010 Week 1 vs BAL (5 / 18 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Shonn Greene took a backseat role in this offense after a fumble early in the game cost his team a possession in Raven territory. On the fumble, Greene did have two hands on the football, but ran into the back of his own offensive guard, popping the ball out. Greene was used on two halfback flair passes in the flat, but a drop in the 4th quarter showed why Greene is a bruising runner first and a pass catcher a very distant second. Greene was largely ineffective on the few carries he had mainly due to a stout Ravens run defense, which had great gap discipline throughout the game. A second fumble was essentially the nail in the coffin for Greene's night. It remains to be seen how well he will be able to cope with an increased workload in 2010.
2010 Week 2 vs NE (15 / 52 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Greene got a few more carries than LaDainian Tomlinson but didn't have nearly as good a day as the veteran, averaging just 3.5 yards per carry and never really getting into a good rhythm. When he had the ball, he ran hard, fought through tackles and kept his legs moving, always falling forward at the end of a run for an extra few inches. His YPC was partly a result of most of his carries going right up the gut, where the Patriots had things clogged up. On the plus side, he did catch a rare pass for 8 yards. Greene nearly broke some runs for bigger gains but New England always seemed to just grab hold of him to prevent it and trip him up. Overall, while he ran hard and held onto the rock, he wasn't finding the holes and hitting them as hard as he did in the 2009 playoffs. It looks like it could be just a matter of time, but right now he isn't finding his groove.
2010 Week 3 vs MIA (10 / 36 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene suffered from once again not getting enough carries as well as the continuing mediocre line play on rushing plays. He also spent most of his ten carries running up the middle where the Dolphins defense was waiting for him. Near the end of the third quarter, Greene started to get going but he found himself on the sidelines when the game counted. He's still running with good power, he's just not getting enough carries to be effective and unless LaDainian Tomlinson gives way, he might not for some time.
2010 Week 4 vs BUF (22 / 117 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene finally saw significant work in the offense, especially later in the game when his bruising style of running kills a defense - and boy were the Bills gassed by the end of the game. As has been the case all season so far, Greene is run up the gut and finds an awful lot of traffic there. He frequently gets hit at the line, but it says something that he usually makes some headway despite that. Greene continues to keep his legs churning and as has been the case all season, is often one shoelace tackle away from a big run. He finally did break a pair of long runs off, one of 15 and a nice run of 17. Both carries showed where his persistence pays off, but also showed that while he has good speed, he doesn't have game breaking speed. However, he was able to string together some longer than usual runs and saw a significant amount of work. He looked good, though against a team like the Bills, he was supposed to.
2010 Week 5 vs MIN (10 / 57 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene has plenty of thump in him, but his opportunities were somewhat limited due to the outstanding play of his running mate, Ladainian Tomlinson. He did make good on his touches though as he scored on a 23 yard scamper with 4:30 left in the 4th quarter to give the Jets some much needed breathing room.
2010 Week 6 vs DEN (9 / 43 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene has disappointed many owners this year, but he looked very solid in this game. In fact, he did a much better job of attacking the Broncos defense than LT for the first three quarters, as he showcased his ability to pound the defense. Unfortunately, he only received 9 carries and Greene still isn't getting ANY goalline carries, which really lowers his value. The day is coming when Greene's talent will finally allow him to be a starting RB, but at this point, it's hard to feel confident with him as a RB due to LT.
2010 Week 8 vs GB (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Greene was once again outshone by his older and hungrier mentor on the day, gaining 22 yards on six carries (most of which came on an 8-yard scamper) and 10 yards on one reception. As long as Tomlinson continues to look like he's 25 years old, it doesn't appear as if Greene will be getting more than 8-10 carries max for the time being.
2010 Week 9 vs DET (10 / 46 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
While he still hasn't had much in the way of breakout performances, Greene is beginning to gather some momentum. He's gaining good yards per carry and Sunday was able to find some room to gain a few extra yards after contact. On his very first carry, Greene took a nice off tackle run for 12 yards, hitting the hole hard and breaking a tackle. Greene continues to run hard and has started to even be more reliable when receiving the ball. He also saw most of his carries in the second half, when the defense began to get gassed and he was able to gash them for longer runs. He's not getting the ball as often as LaDainian Tomlinson, but his role is definitely growing.
2010 Week 10 vs CLE (20 / 72 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Greene had one of his best games yet as he continued to run hard, but this time with more room and better blocking then he has had much of the season. Greene's hard hitting running style really paid off later in the game when the defense was wearing down. Throughout the game he showed good vision and the ability to adjust and cut when a hole closed up. In one such play, during the overtime period , Green took a handoff from Sanchez, and stepped towards the line, only to find the running lane clogged. Without hesitation, Greene cut left and took the ball outside, gaining nine yards and a first down. This is the sort of move Greene seemed unable to do earlier in the season, and the second year running back seems to be gaining steam at just the right time in the season.
2010 Week 11 vs HOU (15 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene had a quiet first half, as Houston focused on the run and left little room to run. When he did run, he kept his feet moving and fought hard for extra yards, though few were forthcoming. Greene looked like he might be well on his way for a very solid day. He showed great effort, keeping his legs churning and fighting for extra yards. As the second half began, Greene seemed to be starting to heat up. On what would be his longest run of the day, Greene took the ball at the Jets' 25 yard line and hit the hole quickly. Once through, he dodged a defender with a nice cut to get into open field. He didn't show breakaway speed on the play, but had a nice gain before being brought down. Unfortunately for Greene, his biggest play is likely one he'd like to forget. In the middle of the fourth quarter, Greene took the ball up the middle, where he was met by Texans LB Brian Cushing. Greene had the ball tucked, but not tightly against his body and Cushing forced the ball downwards and knocked it free from Greene's hand and the Texans recovered. It could have been worse - a potential touchdown was saved by a nice Mark Sanchez tackle. However, that fumble was a huge momentum shift which seemed to take the wind out of both the offense and defense of the Jets. It's not a shock that after that carry, Greene didn't see the ball again.
2010 Week 12 vs CIN (18 / 70 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Greene seems to be improving as the season progresses. In the 4th quarter, Greene churned out a number of first downs as he kept the clock moving and wore down the Bengals defense. The frustrating thing about Greene is that he is a bruiser who doesn't get the ball at the goalline. This problem is why he isn't a great fantasy option. He routinely gets more carries than LT in recent weeks, but his fumbling issues keep him out in goalline situations. But as the season progresses, expect Greene to continue to get the ball as he actually looks BETTER than he did when the season started.
2010 Week 13 vs NE (13 / 64 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Greene got most of the work in this game on the ground as he is clearly the more powerful of the two backs. The Jets gave him the ball mostly on power and stretch plays, with Sheena mostly going up the middle for modest gains but occasionally bouncing it outside for bigger gains. Greene ran hard as usual, right through arm tackles and ran determined to pick up every yard and never give up on any play. The Jets fell behind massive early on however and the Patriots played a conservative game, so as to not allow any big play. The Jets did not abandon the run altogether, though it was limited on its effectiveness and this led to Greene's somewhat effective but not productive day.
2010 Week 14 vs MIA (8 / 17 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Greene had been getting more and more carries over the course of the last few games. Even during the blowout loss to the Patriots last week, he received half the carries. However this Sunday he saw scant work as the Jets used LaDainian Tomlinson more when they ran the ball. Oddly enough, Greene saw more targets and caught more passes then LT did. Greene had a very nice catch over the middle of the field which he took for 15 yards. He caught the ball in stride and was able to gain more yards after the catch. As this has long been a hole in his game, it's encouraging to see progress. Unfortunately he struggled behind an offensive line which could not open up much in the way of holes against a very tough Miami front line. Greene has played well over the last month and he should bounce back though he faces two tough defenses in the next two weeks.
2010 Week 15 vs PIT (12 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Greene ran hard when he got his chances. There were a couple of plays on which the Jets ran stretch-type plays and looked to be caught behind the line, but Greene was able to grind out extra yards. On the Jets last possession just after the free kick which was a result of the safety, Greene got 5 yards on a 2nd down run that looked as if it would go nowhere. The Jets weren't able to convert the 3rd down, but Greene's hard run gave them a better chance to do so.
2010 Week 16 vs CHI (12 / 70 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Greene showed good pop in hitting his holes, fair speed in the open field and power when defenders tried to bring him down. He was definitely the more effective back. Greene took better advantage of his blocks and was able to fight through tackles then Tomlinson. He scored early in the second quarter when he saw a big hole open up and waltzed into the end zone. Greene's numbers would have been better but the Jets ended up in a shootout and he only carried the ball four more times in the second half. He is also becoming more of a factor in the passing game and shows good hands and ability catching, then running with, the ball. Adding this factor into his toolbox is a big step for the back from Iowa.
2010 Week 18 vs IND (19 / 70 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene only carried the ball six times in the first half but when the Colts got tired, the Jets gave them a healthy dose of the Iowa back. Greene often ran straight at the Colts and had to fight for every yard he got. Greene ran 13 times in the second half. The higher carries in the second half was part of a shift in gameplan. When the game opened, the Jets often threw, counter to what most peopel expected against a mediocre Colts run defense. With Sanchez off, it didn't work well though, and to open the second half Greene ran five times, four in a row. Interestingly Greene did not get better as the day wore on. the Colts played more determined defense and it actually appeared tougher as Greene played more. Further, Greene only got a handful of carries in the red zone (three) and one goal line carry. Both touchdowns on the ground were via LaDainian Tomlinson. Greene was a workhorse last post season and is still getting a good total of carries. But with Tomlinson there, he loses some carries and his numbers will likely not consistently reach what he saw last year before he was injured.
2010 Week 19 vs NE (17 / 76 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Greene got more effective as the game went on, setting up the Jets in great down and distance situations in the second half, and landing the death blow with a 16 yard TD to put the Jets up 14 with less than two minutes to play. His no-nonsense power running and fresh legs are giving the Jets the same boost he gave them in the playoffs last year.
2010 Week 20 vs PIT (9 / 52 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene barely saw the field in the first half, but his 23-yard run to open the second half got the Jets jump-started, and he out-physicaled the Steelers defense on many of his subsequent runs. Greene's 16-yard run got the Jets out of a 2nd-and-long in the Steelers end, but once the Jets got to the one-yard line they curiously did not call Greene's number on 2nd, 3rd, or 4th-and-goal, and the team came away empty-handed. He was a strong presence in the second half, but the coaches did not let him touch the ball when it mattered most.
2009 Week 4 vs NO (4 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene carried four times for 23 yards and looked much more effective (even in limited duty) then starter Thomas Jones. Greene did not factor in the passing game. Greene entered the game in the middle of the 2nd quarter on the Jets 5th offensive possession and quickly ran for 9 yards and 7 yards off-tackle. He added another 4 yard run off-tackle later in the drive which eventually led to a field goal. Greene showed good burst out of the backfield, particularly on his first two carries and hit the hole at full speed, not dancing at all behind the line of scrimmage.
2009 Week 5 vs MIA (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene got a few carries deep in the Jets end, but didn't show anything special.
2009 Week 6 vs BUF (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene got in for one carry, but he was met in the backfield.
2009 Week 7 vs OAK (19 / 144 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rookie Shonn Greene was active as the third running back for the Jets in Week 7, and it was a fortunate roster decision as Leon Washington was lost to a broken leg early in the first quarter. Thrust into action, Greene not only played well, he excelled. Greene had three runs over 20 yards on the day and found the end zone twice, his first career touchdowns. Greene took full advantage of his dominating offensive line, running hard and breaking through the Oakland Raider defense while topping 100 yards for the first time in his young career. Expect him to step into Leon Washington's role as the complementary rusher to Thomas Jones.
2009 Week 8 vs MIA (8 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene came back to earth vs. the Dolphins. He displayed good vision and footwork on his carries, but his fumble that came when he was struggling to get away from Paul Soliai in the backfield was returned for a TD. Greene did get a red zone carry, and generally ran with good energy, tough to bring down, even though he wasn't bowling anyone over like he did last week.
2009 Week 10 vs JAX (7 / 26 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene didn't see the field early on, but got some crucial work in the 2nd half. He looked a bit dazed and confused on his first few carries, running into his own lineman once for a loss, but had a monster run on a toss to the left side converting on 4th down and taking the Jets inside the one yard line, setting up the Thomas Jones TD plunge late in the 4th quarter.
2009 Week 11 vs NE (3 / -1 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rookie back had only 3 carries in the game for negative yards and was not a factor in the Jets game plan.
2009 Week 12 vs CAR (10 / 36 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene provided a breather for Thomas Jones regularly throughout the game, and he ran with a good north-south straight-ahead mentality and even initiated contact on a few runs. Greene did fumble in Panthers territory when he was struggling for extra yards, and he looked very awkward when he was targeted as a receiver, but overall, he fits in what the Jets are trying to do with their running game. Thomas Jones is not going away anytime soon, but Greene will be able to preserve the power running character of the Jets offense when Jones does ride into the sunset.
2009 Week 13 vs BUF (11 / 59 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene saw quite a bit of action and made some nice contributions in this game, showing good power and patience. Three of his carries went for 12+ yards, and he looked confident and explosive. He did fail to convert on a 3rd and 2 opportunity early in the contest, but his 11 carries for 59 yards suggest that The Jets feel comfortable with him playing meaningful minutes in a meaningful game.
2009 Week 14 vs TB (6 / 41 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene was strong on his runs, initiating contact and pushing tacklers back at the end of runs, if not taking them for a ride, but he fumbled at the end of his longest run on the day, and didn't see the ball again. He fits well in what the Jets want to do with their running game, but Greene has to get over this fumble problem before he can be trusted.
2009 Week 15 vs ATL (8 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene didn't fumble today, and he even busted off a nice run on a wildcat handoff from Brad Smith. He won a few collisions at the end of his runs and ran with a good rookie burst. He's just a complement to Thomas Jones for now, but his time will come.
2009 Week 16 vs IND (16 / 95 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene looked downright dangerous at times in the second half, like he could break a long one on any play. He went down with an injury in the fourth quarter, and otherwise would likely have carried a few more times to top a hundred yards.
2009 Week 17 vs CIN (13 / 62 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene was very quick to the hole and powerful at the point of attack and finishing runs. Despite the disparity in carries, Greene again split series with Thomas Jones. He fumbled the ball away on a play that was called back by penalty. It would have been his fourth lost fumble of the season.
2009 Week 18 vs CIN (21 / 135 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene got a lot work early after Thomas Jones was ineffective and the Cincinnati defense had no answer for his strength and fresh rookie legs. He ended up being the primary back for a lot of the first half, and his long run on a misdirection play tied the game up and righted the Jets ship. Greene's stamina contributed some good runs deep in Bengals territory in the fourth quarter to set up the FG that gave the Jets a two-score lead. They should continue to lean on him against San Diego next week.
2009 Week 19 vs SD (23 / 128 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
For the second straight week, Greene put forth a huge effort to key a playoff victory. In this game, Greene delivered the knockout punch that all but ended the San Diego season. With the Jets leading 10-7, Greene took a handoff up the middle, ran over S Eric Weddle, and then scampered the rest of the way to the end zone for a 53 yard burst to make it 17-7. That run pretty much took the wind out of the Charger sails with just seven minutes left in the game. And before anyone starts thinking that run padded an otherwise average game for Greene, consider that he also had 75 yards on his other 22 rushes. So he was pretty effective at moving the chains in general even without that big gain.
2009 Week 20 vs IND (10 / 41 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greene was the starter for the Jest, and looked good but had a tough assignment against an obviously well prepared defense. Greene had success when his blockers did, and he did a great job following them and fighting for an extra yard or two when stopped. He was injured on the first play of the second half and did not return. However, if this game is any indication, Greene looks to have the inside track for the starting job next season.