Entering his second season in the league, Elijah McGuire is expected to make an impact on the Jets in 2018.
The running back had 377 rushing yards in 2017 but those within the organization see something more in the 24-year-old-- they see one of the best running backs ever: LaDainian Tomlinson.
"He has the skillset to be a LaDainian Tomlinson, if he was given that opportunity," Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell said, via Daniel Popper of NY Daily News. "That's not what presents itself to him at this particular point in time. But skillset, he can do it all."
Tomlinson had 13,684 rushing yards in his Hall of Fame career while McGuire is just finding his feet in the league. On its exterior, the comparison seems ludicrous. But Mitchell believes that's the kind of talent that McGuire has.
"It's probably hard for him to envision," Mitchell said. "I just know the skillset he has, and I try to get him to bring those out every day so the play-caller can see those same things."
Mitchell knows a thing or two about talent, too. He worked for the Cardinals until 2016, having the pleasure to coach All-Pro RB David Johnson. Johnson, like McGuire, wasn't a first-round pick.
Johnson broke out in 2016 for 1,239 rushing yards, 16 rushing TDs, 879 receiving yards and 4 receiving TDs. Jets fans will hope for a jump in production by McGuire next season.
Mitchell doesn't need to preach about McGuire to offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates.
"(Offensive coordinator Jeremy) Bates knows. I don't have to tell him," Mitchell said. "Bates knows LT, he knows the things that Eli can do as well. So he knows we're pretty stacked back there in the backfield. Anything he wants to do, he can go home and dream about it, and we got somebody in the backfield that we can put in and make it happen."