The New York Jets are all-in on having youth at the running back position. Veteran Tevin Coleman has been released prior to the 53-man roster deadline, which means the door is open for undrafted free agent Zonovan Knight to make the Week 1 roster. It's a move fans have been hoping would come.
New York Jets Roster Cuts
Coleman originally signed with the New York Jets on a one-year deal prior the 2021 NFL season and then re-signed with the team this past offseason. He didn't necessarily do anything wrong to warrant being cut. Instead, this is a move that has more to do with Knight's upside as an offensive weapon.
Knight flashed his potential throughout the preseason, scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles and logging a 38-yard kick return against the Atlanta Falcons. The NC State product looked poised to be a practice squad add, but the Jets do not want to take the risk of him being picked up.
Running backs coach Taylor Embree has also praised Knight in the past, saying "I knew he was going to be a dog from the first interview we had together." The 21-year-old racked up 2,623 yards from scrimmage (5.6 average) to go along with 18 touchdowns across three college seasons (36 games).
New York's RB room now consists of rookie Breece Hall, second-year pro Michael Carter, fourth-year pro Ty Johnson and Knight. Coleman leaves after posting 405 yards from scrimmage on 95 touches (4.3 average) in his lone season as a Jet. The 29-year-old hasn't fumbled the football since 2018.
The Jets have odds set at +710 to make the NFL Playoffs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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