RB Joe McKnight - Free Agent
|6-0, 198||Born: 4-16-1988||College: Southern California||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2010|
2014 Week 3 vs MIA (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 64 / 2 rec)
McKnight was a huge surprise in this one and led the team in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. McKnight's only carry went for a 3rd yard gain on an inside handoff, but he did plenty of damage through the air. McKnight picked up 12 yards on a well blocked screen to set up the first touchdown. On the next drive he showed good elusiveness as he danced through the secondary for a 26 yard gain on another pass out of the backfield. McKnight even lined up outside on a key 3rd and 7 and ran a slant to pick up the first down. Both of Mcknight's touchdowns came as a result of good schemes. The first was a circle route where the Dolphins tried to cover him with a defensive end and McKnight waltzed into the end zone untouched. On the second, it was a swing pass in the flats and McKnight beat one man into the end zone. Essentially the Chiefs used Knile Davis to replace the rushing output of Jamaal Charles while McKnight replaced his production in the passing game.
2012 Week 5 vs HOU (4 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McKnight ran a kick-off return back 100 yards for a touchdown. During the run back, McKnight was patient, letting his blocks develop before accelerating into the open field. While McKnight has been an excellent special team's player, his success hasn't translated on offense. The Jets made an effort to get him the ball, but he didn't do much with his opportunities. McKnight's best play occurred on a 2nd-and-14 play right after halftime. The Jets ran a draw, giving the ball to McKnight. McKnight showed his shiftiness, slashing his way past defenders in space for 11 yards. A few drives later, McKnight appeared as a 'Wildcat Quarterback', but appeared lost and took a nine yard loss, negating his previous positive play.
2012 Week 6 vs IND (3 / 71 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McKnight sparked the Jets' biggest play of the day. During his team's seventh drive, McKnight took a hand-off, broke one tackle, bounced left and accelerated into the open field for a 61-yard gain. McKnight was patient, letting his blocks develop before finding a crease and accelerating into the open field. McKnight was finally brought down, but landed on his shoulder and did not return to the game. McKnight's big play ability is undeniable, but he has obvious durability question marks.
2012 Week 7 vs NE (7 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McKnight did not take his first offensive snap until the fourth quarter. McKnight came on to replace the injured Shonn Greene and immediately demonstrated his play making ability. During his team's tenth drive, two of McKnight's runs set-up Nick Folk's game-tying field goal. On a first down carry from the New England 44-yard line, McKnight showed some patience, letting his blockers take care of their assignments before accelerated up the middle for a 13-yard gain. McKnight kept his legs moving after being met by the first tackler for additional yardage. The Jets called McKnight's number again on the next play, giving him another designed run off right tackle for five yards. After this run, McKnight was shown favoring his ankle, but played through the pain.
2012 Week 11 vs STL (4 / 14 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Also returning from from injuries, McKnight caught his first pass of the season on Sunday. Although he has played very sparingly this season, McKnight flashes big play ability in the return game, and could be an asset in the passing game on a team that features few playmakers. He did lineup as a wide receiver on a few plays, and that would be one way to get him on the field, but as long as Green and Powell are upright, he won't see a lot of the field.
2012 Week 12 vs NE (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McKnight lone carry occurred during the last play of the game. McKnight took a toss to the left for a six-yard gain. McKnight had a key kickoff return fumble that led to seven points for New England.
2012 Week 13 vs ARI (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Jets continue to deploy McKnight as a change of pace back, but he cannot stay healthy. After taking two sweeps for eight yards, McKnight left with an injury and did not return.
2012 Week 15 vs TEN (4 / 29 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
When utilized, McKnight provided a much-needed spark. During the third quarter, McKnight took a toss left and accelerated up the sideline for a 20-yard gain. McKnight was also utilized on special teams, but has the ability to make big plays on offensive.
2011 Week 1 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McKnight had no carries but made what might be the play of the night by getting a hand on a punt, which DB Isaiah Trufant returned for a game-tying touchdown. It's that extra effort which keeps McKnight active and will give him a chance for carries at some point this season.
2011 Week 2 vs JAX (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The second year running back came in late when the game was long over. He didn't show much with his carries though he suffered from the same offensive line struggles the previous Jets running backs ran into.
2011 Week 4 vs BAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
While McKnight didn't get a carry, he had several huge plays worth noting as they will earn him more and more confidence and playing time. McKnight forced a fumble on the initial kickoff of the game, though the Ravens retained possession. He then returned a kickoff for a 107 yard touchdown (longest in Jets history) and was subbed in as a cornerback later in the game, blitzing and creating pressure which led to a sack by linebacker Aaron Maybin and a fumble. Shonn Greene isn't impressing anyone and Ladainian Tomlinson often looks his age--it is worth noting that McKnight is making plays consistently and will earn himself a shot sooner than later.
2011 Week 5 vs NE (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McKnight had a few nice kick returns, including an outstanding 88 yard return during which he showed his usual speed and vision in getting past the coverage unit before running out of gas at the New England 20. He also ran one ball while Shonn Greene was out for a play but saw little success on the singular carry.
2011 Week 6 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
The Jets worked to get McKnight some touches even if it wasn't always carrying the ball. Near the end of the first half, he split out left and ran a nice route where his route made the cornerback drop ten yards off McKnight, who was wide open when Sanchez delivered the ball and made a nice catch. Beyond that though, McKnight is still not yet a big factor in this offense.
2011 Week 7 vs SD (3 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McKnight didn't see his first carry until early in the second half. And despite both Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson missing time due to various maladies, McKnight had just three offensive touches in the game.
2011 Week 9 vs BUF (9 / 27 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McKnight saw a bigger role in the running game than usual as he ran the ball 9 times. Many of those carries came with a big lead in the second half, however, so he faced a stacked run defense and found little room to run. The positive sign for him, however, is that it appears the coaching staff is trying to find more ways to get him involved on offense. He also served as the team's primary kick returner and helped spark with the offense with a couple of big returns, including a 59 yarder to open the second half. He nearly broke it for the touchdown but was forced out of bounds by the Bills kicker.
2011 Week 10 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McKnight got no carries and no targets and mostly did kick returns. He stepped in to catch a punt while wide receiver Jeremy Kerley was out. That attempt resulted in a fumble ball which the Patriots recovered and turned into points.
2011 Week 11 vs DEN (16 / 59 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 62 / 0 rec)
With Shonn Greene going down with a rib injury, McKnight got even more carries than expected. Originally slated for Ladainian Tomlinson's carries, McKnight was pressed into service as the lead back and was servicable, though not spectacular. The fiercesome Denver front made between the tackle runs tough going and gatting to the edge and turning the corner was a tall order as well. McKnight ran the ball with good intent and determination even though the yards were hard to come by. McKnight was outstanding on short screen passes and dumpoffs, often getting extra yards once he was in space. He did a good job protecting the ball during his carries, but coughed it up on a kick return, giving the Broncos great field position which they then squandered. It remains to be seen if he can carry the load, or even a portion of it but overall it was a good start for a player who was better known last season for vomiting than for ball carrying.
2011 Week 12 vs BUF (4 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
With LaDainian Tomlinson inactive this week, McKnight served as a change of pace option and 3rd down back. McKnight looks like a big play waiting to happen each time he touches the ball in space but the run plays called for him this week were mainly up the middle and the Bills defended them pretty well. He also served as the team's primary kick returner and picked up 106 yards on 4 returns.
2011 Week 13 vs WAS (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
McKnight left the game in the second half with what appears to be a hyper-extended elbow. He hadn't seen much work before he got hurt, acting as the number three back behind Tomlinson and Greene.
2011 Week 15 vs PHI (3 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)
McKnight saw virtually no action until the very end of the game. He was the recipient of the Jets second longest play of the day, a 27 yard reception. He suffered a separated shoulder in the game.
2010 Week 4 vs BUF (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
McKnight was finally activated for a game and got his carries in scut work at the end of the game. McKnight started off his work with a trifecta of victories: he got positive yards, didn't fumble and managed not to vomit. All in all, he looked fine for a rookie in his first game. The Jets should run him out more if just to see what he can do in the event of an injury to the top two backs.
2010 Week 14 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
For the first time since week four, the fourth round rookie from Southern Cal found himself on the field and actually used in plays. He was targeted once for a five yard reception and showed good hands and determination in trying to gain yards after the catch.
2010 Week 17 vs BUF (32 / 158 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
There are plenty of players with talent and promise who find their way into the NFL. Former USC running back Joe McKnight was one of those guys and like so many of them, seemed to have fallen far short of expectations. Talent isn't enough and the question with McKnight has been, can he work hard enough when he gets the chance? After a terrible preseason and lackluster work in practice, it was looking like that answer might be no. If he didn't have a good day against the worst rushing defense in the league then he was never going to. McKnight responded to his first start with a very solid game. At times, he looked like the somewhat raw rookie he still is. Occasionally he hesitated and danced instead of hitting the hole hard and confidently. But for the most part he did a good job of running both inside and outside of the tackles, catching the ball and, most importantly given some of his issues this preseason, holding onto it. McKnight also did a fairly good job of keeping his legs moving after first contact, though he struggled at times to get past the line when he met resistance there. The Jets offensive line was outstanding on Sunday and looks like they peaked at just the right time. One game does not a career make, especially against the Bills, but McKnight did what he needed to do and showed the Jets some hope that they made the right decision in keeping him, not Danny Woodhead.