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The RB2 in New York Has Been Identified… For Now

The Athletic’s Zack Rosenblatt predicts that Michael Carter, not Zonovan Knight or Israel Abanikanda, will be the Jets’ number 2 RB come week 1 – assuming that Dalvin Cook is not added to the backfield by then.

The value that any of the running backs involved in the Jets committee have figures to be low as Breece Hall continues to make the strides necessary in his recovery to see the field in Week 1.

However, Carter could figure to see additional work if no other ball carriers are added between now and the beginning of the season, and his receiving ability in particular could allow him to be a consistent contributor early in the season.

Once Breece is all the way back from his injury, though, none of the running backs in New York figure to have much value besides as handcuffs. Carter’s value would be unlocked if he’s able to avoid additional competition via a late free agent signing and if Breece Hall takes more time than expected to return to 100%.


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