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Jets Rookie Michael Carter Already Carving Out a Role on Offense

Larry Rupp
Rookie running back Michael Carter is already carving out a role on the New York Jets offense.
Rookie running back Michael Carter is already carving out a role on the New York Jets offense. / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

The New York Jets are looking to revamp the offense in 2021 and it could start with their rookie running back Michael Carter. The 2021 fifth-round pick is already seemingly carving out a role on the offense and has showcased an impressive playmaking ability so far at OTAs.

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The Athletic's Connor Hughes even went as far as saying he believes "it won't be long before" Carter becomes the No. 1 RB on this team. It wouldn't be surprising to see the 22-year-old make some noise in training camp and battle Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson for regular-season snaps.

Carter was a bit of an underrated NFL Draft prospect given he ran behind one of the top players at his position at UNC in Jevonte Williams. However, Carter put together a solid college career posting 4,060 yards from scrimmage on 596 touches and scoring 28 touchdowns across four seasons (44 games played).

The Jets could use some improvement in the backfield after averaging just 105.2 rushing yards per game last season (No. 22 in NFL). They also averaged just 4.1 yards per carry compared to the 6.6 yards per carry mark Carter posted as a Tar Heel. He presents an immediate upgrade.

This running back battle will be one to watch throughout the summer as the Jets attempt to find the best complement to rookie quarterback Zach Wilson. The team heads into the 2021 season as a long shot to make the playoffs with odds set at +490, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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