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Jets Trade for Former Gase Pupil, Running Back Kalen Ballage

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The New York Jets have reportedly sent a late-round conditional draft pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for for running back Kalen Ballage.  The move comes as somewhat of a surprise as many had anticipated the team prioritizing the wide receiver position given their lack of depth at the spot, but instead Joe Douglas made a move for a former Adam Gase draft pick.

Plot twist: The #Dolphins are trading RB Kalen Ballage to the #Jets for a conditional late-round pick, source said. Miami had planned to release him, but NYJ stepped in before it was official and the two have a deal.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 27, 2020

The Dolphins were reportedly set to release Ballage before the Jets made a move to bring him in.  While it’s entirely possible that Ballage won’t make the 53-man roster and the Jets will recoup their pick, but Gase did draft Ballage with the Dolphins, and sometimes coaches make it a priority to bring in “their guys” when the opportunity presents itself.

In two pro seasons, Ballage has averaged 3 yards per carry on 110 attempts.  In 2019 he managed just 1.8 yards per rush after averaging an eye-popping 5.3 yards per carry as a rookie in 2018.

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this is not from me but from rotoworld but it is 100% true

Just ... why. Ballage is coming off one of the worst running back seasons in NFL history, but since Adam Gase coached him in Miami, he apparently had to have him in New York. Coach and executives' undying allegiance to players they either coached or drafted leads to many bad decisions.

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NFL rumors: Jets trade for RB Kalen Ballage from Dolphins | What it means

Updated 4:10 PM; Today 2:29 PM 
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The New York Jets reportedly acquired running back Kalen Ballage in a trade with the Miami Dolphins.AP

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The Jets have added another name with ties to head coach Adam Gase to their running back depth chart.

The Miami Dolphins traded running back Kalen Ballage to the Jets for a conditional 2021 seventh-round pick.

The move comes after the Dolphins were preparing to release Ballage, but instead, he’ll report to the Jets team that already features running backs Le’Veon Bell, Frank Gore, La’Mical Perine and Josh Adams.

The Jets also announced they released running back Pete Guerriero, and they also activated rookie cornerback Bryce Hall off the COVID-19 reserve list. Hall was the lone Jets player remaining on the COVID-19 list.


Ballage, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Dolphins, played his rookie season under Gase in the coach’s final season with the Dolphins. Ballage showed plenty of promise during that 2018 campaign, running for 191 yards and one touchdown on 36 carries, giving him 5.3 yards per carry.

But even with the door wide open for a bigger role in 2019, Ballage struggled, averaging just 1.8 yards per carry while running for 135 yards on 74 rushes.


After the Dolphins added Jordan Howard and Matt Breida in the offseason, Ballage was squeezed out of Miami.


Ballage should get the chance to compete for a depth role with the Jets. Adams is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, and Guerriero was signed when Adams went down.


Bell exited Wednesday’s team scrimmage with hamstring tightness — though Bell disputes that he’s hurt — and Gase said the Jets would evaluate him further.


The Jets did not practice on Thursday, opting out in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. It’s unclear when the Jets will practice next, but Ballage should be on the field when they do.

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8 hours ago, AFJF said:

Actually liked Ballage a lot out of college and came away impressed after the senior bowl.  Flashed as a rookie at 5.3 per carry.



That ‘flash’ included a 74 yard untouched run. Take it away and he’s 3 and change.  And that was before last year’s debacle 

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I like it. It's a conditional pick. If he comes here and sucks he gets cut for zero dollars in rental fees. Just like the Nate Hairston trade. Remember how JD got two CB's for one 6th rd pick with that trade? A little trust here. 

  The guy who got cut is the kid from Lyndhurst. I used to work there. Nothing good, outside of some serious Taylor Ham egg and cheese sandwiches come from Lyndhurst.  It's a good move albeit unspectacular. 


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