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A Glance at the NY Jets’ Running Backs Situation
Speculations around the NY Jets’ interest in Dalvin Cook have been circulating for weeks. Much of the fanbase was urging for the signing of Cook as a backup while Breece Hall recovers from his ACL injury. But the recent preseason game against the Panthers offered a different perspective. The performance of the existing Jets’ running backs suggested that the team might not need Cook after all.
“We ignore it. Talk is cheap,” Michael Carter, one of the Jets’ running backs, said regarding the rumors.
Carter’s performance in the game was a clear statement, reminding everyone that the Jets already have a solid lineup of running backs.
Michael Carter during the Jets-Panthers preseason game.
The Emergence of Michael Carter
Carter is certainly one of the most promising players among the Jets’ running backs. His performance in his debut season in 2021 was impressive, but he faced a dip in form last year. However, his recent performance suggests that he’s regaining his rookie season form.
“I feel better than both of those years. I appreciate coach saying that. Everyone’s got their own opinions, but I appreciate it. I feel good,” Carter said after the game.
Michael Carter, a promising talent in the Jets’ lineup.
A Balanced Offense: The Key to Success
The Jets’ offensive strategy revolves around their new quarterback Aaron Rodgers. However, the team’s running game will play a crucial role in their success. Nathaniel Hackett, the team’s new offensive coordinator, is known for his success in the running game during his tenure with Jacksonville.
“When you can fall forward and make something out of nothing and keep yourselves ahead of the sticks, it starts with the offensive line and the run game,” coach Robert Saleh said.
Dalvin Cook, a potential addition to the Jets’ lineup.
The Role of the Quarterback in the Running Game
In the preseason game against the Panthers, Zach Wilson served as the starting quarterback in Rodgers’ absence. Wilson frequently targeted his running backs, indicating that screens could play a significant role in the Jets’ game.
“Running game helped set up some screens, some keepers, which obviously did really well for us,” Wilson said after the game.
The Challenge Ahead
The Jets’ running backs have shown their potential, but the journey ahead is challenging. They need to maintain their form throughout the season and prove that they can carry the load even without the likes of Cook.
With players like Michael Carter leading the charge, the Jets’ running game looks promising. However, the team can’t afford to rely solely on a few players. The depth in their running backs lineup will be their greatest strength.
“We’re all chasing greatness in terms of team and personal goals. Nothing but respect for [Cook], but we’re not really focused on that. We’re just trying to get better and grind,” Carter said.
This sentiment reflects the determination and focus within the team. As they continue to improve and work hard, the Jets’ running game could become a force to be reckoned with in the coming season.