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LT embracing receiving back role Dan Leberfeld

Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson is one of the greatest receiving backs in NFL history.

Over the course of his 10 years in the league, he’s hauled in 589 passes.

And while he still likes running the football, if the Jets relegate him mainly to a receiving back role in 2011, so Shonne Green can get more carries, he’s all for it.

“We will see how my role is defined,” Tomlinson told JC from a Gatorade event in California. “I want to be more of the third down back, run routes, I’m in my 11th year. I don’t need carries.”

Not that the Jets coaches need to explain anything to a player about his role, but LT’s selfless attitude will help make Greene’s transition to being the workhorse back a lot smooth, with no feathers ruffled.

And since Tomlinson is a better receiver than Greene, he can still be a major weapon in the passing game.