LaDainian Tomlinson is back, to the point where some have stated he’s the MVP of the first quarter of the season. Expected to be nothing more than a 3rd down back for the Jets, all Tomlinson has done in four games is rush for 341 yards and three TD’s, and catch 12 passes for 82 yards.
Tomlinson is putting up 85.3 yards per game in four contests, which is 30 yards more than a season ago with the Chargers. He is less than 400 yards away from his entire rushing amount last season with San Diego. Maybe the biggest number though is his yards per carry average, which is up from 3.3 to 6.1.
One key is the fact that Tomlinson is finally 100 percent. He has been nursing injuries the past few seasons in San Diego, but this season put forth a tough offseason program working out with his new team to make sure he would be back to his former MVP form from a few years back.
“I lost a lot of strength in the last couple of years with those injuries, and when you lose strength, you lose explosion,” Tomlinson said to Peter King Sunday. “So the only way I was going to get back to where I needed to be was to be all-in to the offseason program. I moved to New Jersey and was there the first day of the program and stayed all the way ’til the end in June. I missed only one week.”
And it’s that offseason program that has paid off big for the Jets and L.T. early in 2010. Tomlinson has taken over as the feature back in New York, and has been turning the corner faster than the past three seasons. If L.T. can keep it up, there’s no doubt he’s on the fast track to not only being the Comeback Player of the Year, but also the MVP of the entire league.