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Greene says ground game will come

The Jets' Shonn Greene spikes the ball after

The Jets' Shonn Greene spikes the ball after running for a touchdown at Soldier Field in Chicago. (Dec. 26, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

Shonn Greene isn't about to say he's surprised the Jets haven't gotten their rushing attack literally off the ground just yet.

The Jets have run for a modest 146 yards in their first two games, a number that has the supposed kings of "ground and pound" at the bottom of the NFL's rushing rankings. They picked up 101 yards on 32 attempts in Sunday's pasting of the Jaguars, but currently sit in 28th place in rushing heading into this weekend's action.

Still, Greene isn't worried.

"It kind of takes a while," Greene said. "You've got to get the film [study] in and stuff, we've got some new pieces in. So, it's going to take a while. I think as long as we keep working at it and keep plugging away, we'll be all right."

Right tackle Wayne Hunter has struggled in the first two games, and he's one of those "new" pieces Greene was referring to. Even though Hunter was a backup the past few seasons behind the now retired Damien Woody, Greene & Co. still need to figure out some of his tendencies, just like they'll have to do with Colin Baxter likely stepping in for an ailing Nick Mangold this week.

"It’s not going to just work like that all of the sudden," Greene said. "It’s a chemistry thing. Those guys up front working together, being on the same page. Us as running backs learning those guys -- offensive linemen and which techniques they’re using. But we’ll be all right."


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