When Rex Ryan delivered the news Monday, Joe McKnight istantly wondered what he did wrong.
The Jets coach walked into the offensive meeting room and told his third-year running back he had been traded...to the defense.
To make up for the loss of Darrelle Revis (ACL tear), the Jets plan to take advantage of McKnight's speed and athleticism by moving him to cornerback.
It was a position change he did not ask for, and does not want. But he made it clear that he'll do whatever it takes to help the team win -- and to ensure more playing time.
“I was not disappointed," McKnight clarified. "I just took it as, ‘Maybe I’m not good enough to play running back here.’ That’s how I took it."
The running back -- who has been supplanted by second-year back Bilal Powell -- said he didn't ask Ryan if the coaches considered him to be an offensive underachiever.
"Once a coach makes a decision," McKnight said, "you just have to go ahead and do what he says to do.”
Whether his assumptions are correct, the Jets' new corner sees the move as a slight.
“Any time a coach tells you you’re position’s been changed, you’re going to take it a certain kind of way," he said. "That’s how I took it. It might not be the case, I don’t know… But that’s how I’m taking it right now. I was surprised but you’ve got to move on.”