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Ryan: LT is 'best 3rd down back in the league'

Posted on: August 7, 2010 11:30 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Plenty of superlatives have been dropped around LaDainian Tomlinson's name throughout his career in the NFL. At this point, it seems pretty hard to think we could add more (even "best running back to never win a ring" seems like a stretch with Barry Sanders out there; besides, the Jets already won the Super Bowl in 2010).

Rex Ryan found a way on Saturday though. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News , Tomlinson is the "best third down back in the league."

That's not necessarily an insane compliment, considering that it affirms the belief that Tomlinson will play second fiddle to Shonn Greene.

And it's much easier to throw props to LdT when he's ripping off 70-yard touchdown catches on the first play during the team's Green/White scrimmage, as Tomlinson did on Saturday afternoon.

“That was kind of my plan just to show people that I can still play this game,” said Tomlinson, who had two catches for 85 yards and a TD. “I still got a lot left in the tank. People are starting to see that I still got a lot left in the tank.”

Doubting Tomlinson's remaining skill has been plenty trendy this offseason, but that's partially why the chip on his shoulder heading into 2010 is so large.

Fortunately for everyone involved with the Jets, Ryan knows how to make it even bigger, all while complimenting him.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:29 am
 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2010 4:55 pm
 

Ryan: LT is 'best 3rd down back in the league'

OK, normally I don't comment on errors in any article, but this: "even "best running back to never win a ring" seems like a stretch with Barry Sanders out there; besides, the already won the Super Bowl in 2010" is amazing. I know the Saints won the Super Bowl this year, so is he predicting the Jets are going to win the Super Bowl next year in Dallas? While possible, it shouldn't be stated as a fact.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2010 12:06 pm
 

Ryan: LT is 'best 3rd down back in the league'

Can we just get thru a week of camp before Ryan starts claiming the VINCE trophy. Good luck LT-I actually like the guy, I hope he does well, except for 2 weeks out of the season when he plays the Bills



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2010 12:53 am
 

Ryan: LT is 'best 3rd down back in the league'

NFl stands for Not For Long. It wasn't that long ago that LT was the #1 overall Fantasy Football pick and "The Greatest running back of all time". Eight years, plenty of injuries, and one trade later, LT is now being demoted to a third down back. I wish him the best of luck and hope that he proves all of his critics wrong. Keep up the good work LaDainian!


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