How the hell am I supposed to know who this is? - Zonovan "Bam" Knight

In an occasional feature, we briefly highlight any of the lesser-known players that make an unexpected impact during camp, preseason or the regular season.

Today, we focus on running back Zonovan "Bam" Knight:

What he did:

Knight is being added to the active roster and could see action this weekend as the Jets look to get new acquisition James Robinson up to speed.

The undrafted rookie made an early impression with the Jets during the offseason and other players on the team were high on his chances of making the team. In preseason, he didn't catch a pass and only averaged 3.5 yards per carry, but he had some impressive flashes.

Knight had impressive runs of 11 and 22 yards and kickoff returns of 38 and 52 yards, while also displaying some toughness to generate yards after contact a few times, including on this touchdown run.

Despite the low average per carry, it's worth noting that Ty Johnson, Ace Carter and Breece Hall all averaged under 2.4 yards per carry, so perhaps his lack of consistent success running behind the backups wasn't all that concerning.


Knight might not even be active initially and the team will have to build trust in his ability to contribute in the passing game. However, if there's another injury or later in the year he might see consistent action in a reserve role.

By the end of the season, the Jets might hope for Knight to leapfrog Ty Johnson, who will revert to being the number three back once Robinson is ready. They also obviously like his longer term potential and the Jets could theoretically have a legitimate three-headed monster with Carter, Hall and Knight for the next few years.

If Braxton Berrios gets hurt or becomes too important on offense to risk in the return game, Knight could also see action as the kickoff returner.

More on Knight:

Here's the in-depth scouting report on Knight.