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Do Jets Have Enough at Running Back to Stand pat This Offseason?


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While Jets fans focus almost exclusively on the team’s quarterback situation which figures to have the team in pursuit of Derek Carr, Aaron Rodgers and likely a few others, there are plenty of other items to ponder with free agency and the draft on the horizon.

Near the top of the list is the team’s depth at the running back position.  With the way the team’s coaching staff is shaping up, the Jets will likely have a run-heavy attack in 2023.  With Breece Hall coming off of season-ending injury, he’s unlikely to be ready by week 1.

Does this mean the team addresses the position in the coming months, or should they stick with what they’ve got in Hall, Michael Carter, Bam Knight and James Robinson?

Hall is clearly a stud back who the team will expect to be the bell cow when he returns.  Knight looked fantastic early on for the Jets before their O-line fell apart and running room disappeared.

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Robinson was invisible after being acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars but there were some whisper of a lingering knee issue that slowed him a bit with Gang Green.  Was that the Jets saving face for making a bad deal or was he legitimately hampered?  Robinson is  a former 1,000 yard rusher who would be an excellent depth piece.

Then for course there’s Michael Carter, whose production fell off a cliff after a productive rookie season.  Even still, he’s got a skill set that can make him a valuable asset moving forward.

So the question for Joe Douglas is, do you use a mid to late round pick or some cap space to add more depth, or stick with the group you have and fortify the offensive line to give them room to work with?

 

 

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Yes. The Jets have enough quality backs and not enough room on the roster to be drafting a RB early or signing one for any kind of considerable amount of money. Add to that the fact that they have other roster issues that need to be addressed this offseason like bringing back some of their own critical FAs, finding a QB and patching up this O-line. All with cost cap space and draft capital. RB is VERY low on the pecking order. 

Hall, Carter, Bam in no particular order. I say that because Hall will need to be eased in with limited snap counts after his injury.  

Maybe Hall starts on IR to give him some extra time and we sign an UDFA temporarily as the 3rd back. That's all I can see JD doing. 

With a healthy, fortified O-line and a legit passing threat (new QB), along with this defense, our current trio of RBs should be just fine.

Again, bring in a god-d**n QB and fortify this o-line! We don't need a RB.  

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Call me crazy, but id trade back from 13 to the early 20s ,pick up some extra picks and take bijon robinson w/ the pick.  Then start taking olinemen.

Robinson is an even better prospect then hall.  A 1-2 punch of hall and robinson and run the ball 35 times a game.

Defense and a smash mouth running game splitting carries btwn 2 HOF potential rbs.

Dont be afraid to be different Joe!!!

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1 minute ago, Jetsfan80 said:

Also, Carter sucks.

Got blasted by a lot of Jets fans for saying early on (think it was first pats match) that he has made a disgusting habit of running sideways and dancing around way too much. 
 

as the year went on, I was proven right. Guy needs to hit the hole the play is designed for him to hit and just live with the results.

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2 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:

Any quality org looks to draft a midround RB in basically every draft.  Keep cycling in RBs on rookie deals to build a pipeline.  

There's no excuse to have one RB injury (plus the injury to AVT) basically derail your offense like it did the Jets' last season. 

Also, Carter sucks.

AVT injury? We had like half dozen OT on IR as well. Haha 

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Just now, Patriot Killa said:

Got blasted by a lot of Jets fans for saying early on (think it was first pats match) that he has made a disgusting habit of running sideways and dancing around way too much. 
 

as the year went on, I was proven right. Guy needs to hit the hole the play is designed for him to hit and just live with the results.

Yep.  This is a 1-cut system and he's only capable of being a 1-cut back.  Just do that.  

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14 minutes ago, Joe W. Namath said:

Call me crazy, but id trade back from 13 to the early 20s ,pick up some extra picks and take bijon robinson w/ the pick.  Then start taking olinemen.

Robinson is an even better prospect then hall.  A 1-2 punch of hall and robinson and run the ball 35 times a game.

Defense and a smash mouth running game splitting carries btwn 2 HOF potential rbs.

Dont be afraid to be different Joe!!!

You're crazy.  It's a wasted draft pick to do that with Hall on the roster and the holes at OL and elsewhere.  

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1 hour ago, undertow said:

How many RBs do people want around here 12? lol

Part of not standing pat would include getting rid of some of the guys already on the roster to avoid carrying 4, 5 or 6 backs.  For example, draft a back in the mid/late rounds and trade or release Robinson.  

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Given the way hall went down and carter seems to get nicked up I don’t think they can stand pat. They need to cut Robinson and then pick up a rb in the later rounds of the draft. They’ll go into the season with three bona Fide starters in hall, carter and knight and have a couple on the roster for depth.  This all assumes the oline gets some good attention, again.

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2 hours ago, undertow said:

How many RBs do people want around here 12? lol

  

2 hours ago, Joe Willie White Shoes said:

You're crazy.  It's a wasted draft pick to do that with Hall on the roster and the holes at OL and elsewhere.  

  

29 minutes ago, Darnold's Forehead said:

We didn't already have Bryce Hall when we drafted him.  We have him now, we don't need another.

 

24 minutes ago, y2k8 said:

 

We have a good RB room and the position is the easiest to find a guy and plug him in.

So, no. You don't burn draft capital there with so many other glaring needs.

 

Well let's see.  Breece Hall is probably no guarantee whatsoever to be ready Week 1, and even if he is, likely won't be the version of Breece we saw last year until at LEAST Week 8 or so.  Carter and Ty Johnson suck.  James Robinson's career as we know it may well be over. 

So that just leaves Bam Knight as the only guy in the backfield we can be excited about at the moment.

Draft at least one.  

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2 hours ago, Patriot Killa said:

Bam Knight is a keeper, James Robinson didn’t look healthy last year, should be this year, Mike Carter is better than he played last season. 

think we’re fine. We aren’t carrying 4 backs though. Someone is getting cut or traded.

Probably Robinson.

The panic move signing Robinson was one of our overrated GMs biggest mistakes.

Not including Ty  Johnson among our backs is ignorant. Ty gained 5.3 yards

per carry behind our crumbling line He might be our fastest back having run

a 4.26 on one clock at his Pro day. TJ is also the strongest back leading all backs

225lb reps the year he came out. Johnson despite his reputation of having feet

for hands caught the ball well in 2022. His blocking has improved to the point

he might be the best blocking back on the  Jets. Might use him to replace Berrios

as a kick returner TJ had TD returns of 100 and 98 yards

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3 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:

  

  

 

 

Well let's see.  Breece Hall is probably no guarantee whatsoever to be ready Week 1, and even if he is, likely won't be the version of Breece we saw last year until at LEAST Week 8 or so.  Carter and Ty Johnson suck.  James Robinson's career as we know it may well be over. 

So that just leaves Bam Knight as the only guy in the backfield we can be excited about at the moment.

Draft at least one.  

I said it was crazy to use a first round pick on Robinson, not to completly ignore adding a player to the RB room. 

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1 hour ago, slats said:

I’d consider signing a veteran back if they were concerned about Breece’s recovery, otherwise I’d pretty much stand pat. UDFA, camp bodies. Jets have too many other, more pressing needs. 

Like Tevin Coleman, once a genius's suggestion for a roster spot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Joe W. Namath said:

Call me crazy, but id trade back from 13 to the early 20s ,pick up some extra picks and take bijon robinson w/ the pick.  Then start taking olinemen.

Robinson is an even better prospect then hall.  A 1-2 punch of hall and robinson and run the ball 35 times a game.

Defense and a smash mouth running game splitting carries btwn 2 HOF potential rbs.

Dont be afraid to be different Joe!!!

Hard pass on this one my dude 

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