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New York Jets: LaDainian Tomlinson Will Be Back In 2011

It is being reported today that the New York Jets will bring LaDainian Tomlinson back in 2011 to finish out the two-year contract he signed with the team. Despite returning, it is being anticipated that Tomlinson will take on more of a complementary role in the Jets offense next season. Shonn Greene is expected to be given the chance he never received in 2010 to be the feature back and second year back Joe McKnight's role will increase in the offense.

Another item of news released today that isn't all that surprising is that second-year fullback John Conner will take over as the starter. Conner spent the year learning behind veteran Tony Richardson last season but showed enough potential to merit a chance to become a full time player. It is expected that Richardson will retire after a lengthy, successful career.

Thoughts: No surprises here. The interesting thing to watch will be how Tomlinson handles a lesser role in the offense and if Greene is truly capable of receiving around 20 carries on a weekly basis. Hopefully, McKnight learned from his brutal rookie campaign and will be ready to take on a bigger role, as he is groomed by Tomlinson to be the team's long-term third down and change of pace back.