After putting up 38 total yards in their season opener, the Jets' run game saw an increase in production in loss to the Raiders Sunday.
Veteran RB Matt Forte was the leader of the running back committee after posting a dismal 16 yards on six carries against the Bills last week. He posted 53 yards on nine carries with his longest being a 16-yard gain.
"It's something different," Forte told NYJets.com's Ethan Greenberg about sharing time. "Usually you go a couple of series, but this game was more of whenever your number is called, get in there. When you get in there, you still have to execute that play that's called, so there's not much difference."
Forte also added yards through the air with four catches for 38 yards, including a 34-yard reception.
The Jets added a third back to the committee approach in Elijah McGuire, the team's sixth-round pick out of Louisiana-Lafayette. The rookie saw his first regular-season carries, and he made the most of them totaling 29 yards on six carries and one catch for seven yards.
"We had a mindset of establishing the running game this game," McGuire said. "We said it all week that we were going to establish the running game against this team and that's exactly what we did."
Quarterback Josh McCown isn't part of the backs, but he did add yards on the ground after picking up 31 yards on four attempts including a 22-yard scramble on a third-and-18 play. He admitted after the game that even he was surprised he gained that many yards with his legs.
"It was a little bit because I wasn't much of a base stealer in Little League," McCown said about if he was surprised with his long run. "But there I was on dirt. When you're on dirt, it's a little bit of a different surface, so I knew something had to be up for me to be running that far. Then it was the decision as I got towards the end of the run. We've preached sliding and it was a business decision."
Bilal Powell contributed to the group with a mere 13 yards on six attempts.
As a whole, the Jets produced 126 yards on the ground in a total 25 plays for about five yards an attempt.
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After a disappointing first game, the Jets had more success with their running game this week, as three backs combined for 95 yards on 21 carries.
Matt Forté showed that he still has some life in his legs by averaging almost six yards per carry, including a 16-yard burst up the middle. He also caught a 34-yard pass from the slot, although his other three catches netted just four yards. He also had a couple of bad blitz pick-ups. >> Read more about the running backs and the performance of the rest of the offense in Bent's Game Analysis