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LaDainian Tomlinson Prepared For Reduced Role With Jets

LaDainian Tomlinson of the New York Jets says a diminished role in the team's offense is fine with him. Which is probably a good thing since Shonn Greene is likely to be the primary running back and the team drafted Bilal Powell of Louisville in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Tomlinson discussed his role with the Jets and his participation in 'Jets West' during an interview on XX Sports Radio in San Diego. Sports Radio Interviews has the full transcript. Here is an excerpt:

Whether or not he stands by what he said about not having to be the lead ball-carrier on a roster anymore:

"Oh yeah. Trust me that’s the way I’m feeling about it. I guess when you get to a certain point you look at where you are and kinda I guess where the team is, your role, and all that kind of stuff. I just believe Shonn Greene can handle the bulk of the carries and we have some young guys also. Obviously I will still carry the ball, but what I really want to do is run routes out of the backfield. I have always been good at doing that and I still think I can create matchup problems against linebackers running routes out of the backfield."

-- Quarterback Mark Sanchez discusses the motivation behind 'Jets West.'