Jets’ Tomlinson remakes himself as 3rd-down threat



FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — LaDainian Tomlinson realizes he’s no longer considered the dominant, game-changing rusher he once was or even an every-down running back.

In his second year with the New York Jets, Tomlinson is remaking himself as a third-down threat out of the backfield. It’s a role he insists he’s fine with, although he admits as a competitor he still likes to have the football in his hands whenever he can.

Tomlinson rushed for just 16 yards on five carries in the opener against Dallas on Sunday, but tied for the team lead with six catches for 73 yards.

Coach Rex Ryan says Tomlinson might not have the speed he had as a young player, but still has good moves — so good, he could picture him on “Dancing With The Stars” someday.