√ Jets RB Tevin Coleman healthy with ‘a lot left in my tank’ – Avis

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Tevin Coleman knows his dismal statistics from last season are hardly awe-inspiring.

But the New York Jets running back is feeling healthy again and confident as ever, even if some might wonder if he can be a consistently productive playmaker at this stage of his career.

« Oh, yeah, I feel like I’ve got a lot left — a lot left in my tank, » Coleman said Thursday. “I’m a fast guy, I’m a strong guy, I’m big. So I’ve definitely got a lot in my tank to prove myself.”

The 28-year-old Coleman is at an age when many running backs begin to see a noticeable decline in their production, with age and injuries combining with countless hits and handoffs to sap the skills that made them stars. A sprained knee and a shoulder injury limited Coleman to just eight games with San Francisco last season, when he ran for a career-low 53 yards on 28 carries and caught just four passes for 34 yards.

When the 49ers didn’t re-sign him, Coleman found a new opportunity — and a chance for a big comeback — with the Jets after signing a one-year, $2 million deal with New York in March. And he has been feeling like his old self during organized team activities.

“I’m back to 100%,” Coleman declared. “I definitely had a lot of things going on from last year with my knee, my shoulder and things like that. But yeah, I’m 100% and everything’s going good.”

Coleman has a chance to be a lead running back again on a team that doesn’t have a clear-cut No. 1 at the moment. He’s among a group that includes veterans Ty Johnson and Josh Adams, rookie Michael Carter, second-year back La’Mical Perine and special teams ace Austin Walter.

“All of them have a unique skillset in terms of they’re all a little bit different,” offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur said.

LaFleur and head coach Robert Saleh certainly know what Coleman is capable of when healthy, having seen him up close in the 49ers’ offense the last two years.

√ Jets RB Tevin Coleman healthy with ‘a lot left in my tank’ – Avis
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