Jets Fans United: Who is RB1 by Bye Week? First Look!

September 6, 2022

New York Jets backfield is stacked with ample talent. Mike Carter entering year two along with rookie Breece Hall are considered the one two punch. Fourth year back Ty Johnson still holding onto his roster spot entering his contract year has the wheels to be that homerun threat. Of the three who will be featured by the by week?

Jets 2nd year RB Mike Carter

“The truth is I’m competing with myself,” Carter said. “I want to be the best in the world. I think that I can’t worry about who is to the left of me and who is to the right of me. I help them out because that’s the right thing to do, and I want to see everybody around me win.”

Michael credits his parents, Tony Carter and Suzette Ellington, with shaping him. Both served in the Air Force, but Carter said it was not the military background who made them but his grandparents who deserve the credit.

Jets RB Mike Carter courtesy of USA Today

“How my grandma raised my dad and how my other grandma raised my mother is the reason that I am how I am,” Carter said. “They took those lessons that they got from them and instilled it in me and my brothers. I think I’m like that because of who they are. I really owe a lot to them.”

The biggest lessons? Have respect for everyone and be yourself.

Jets 4th year RB Ty Johnson

Johnson’s overall production has remained relatively consistent since entering the NFL in 2019. Ty Johnson’s about 250 rushing yards per season and a career average of 4.3 yards per carry . His time with Gang Green has been all over the map.

The Maryland product was a pleasant surprise in 2020, outperforming a draft pick like La’Mical Perine and a former superstar like Le’Veon Bell among others. That fueled the high expectations last year, which ended up falling well short after an encouraging preseason.

Jets RB Ty Johnson courtesy of USA Today

Johnson did start the campaign as Carter’s main alternative but quickly lost ground to Coleman in the early stages. As time went on, the running back’s critical drops and errors ended up getting him benched as a healthy scratch in December.

If Johnson does still have a future with the Jets. It looks like his role will be special teams impact, and running backs don’t generally offer as much of an overall contribution in that area. Johnson could help as a returner.

Jets Rookie RB Breece Hall

It feels like there is a rush to draft the incoming rookie running backs every year. They dominated in college and usually come into fantastic situations, and every year, one or two of them pop and become weekly must-starts. Fantasy managers are hoping that will be Hall in 2022.

Hall was viewed as the RB1 of the 2022 NFL Draft class for roughly the last two years. After a 1,149-total-yardage season as a true freshman with 10 touchdowns, Hall recorded back-to-back campaigns of 1,750+ yards with 23 touchdowns in each of 2020 and 2021. Averaging 2.09 yards per team play and 5.7 yards per attempt in his last two seasons, Hall checks virtually every box from an analytics standpoint.

Jets Rookie RB Breece Hall courtesy of USA Today

Despite the “running backs don’t matter” narrative, the Jets invested in the position, selecting Hall with the No. 36 pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. They are an improving team and just crushed the draft. They weren’t even a team many had pegged to draft a running back. Yet the pick of Hall could be extremely telling in how the Jets want to look in 2022.

Despite thinking the Jets under Robert Saleh would want to run the ball, they did the opposite last season. They were 27th in both rushing yards per game and overall rushing yards and dead last in rushing attempts. The Jets can’t just out-throw teams.

Conclusion, RB1 by Bye Week is?

For the Jets running back by committee seems like the plan. Which one of the three could be the lead back is uncertain as each has specific skill set to offer LaFleur and the Jets offense heading into the 2022 season. Mike Carter has the play making ability shedding tackles and has the best upside if heathy with his knowledge of this offensive game plan.

Breece Hall the rookie is having a solid rookie campaign offseason/preseason. His home run break free capability allows the Jets to have a one two punch with a third option in wheels of Ty Johnson. Expect all three to be used in a similar rotation as the defensive line in 2022.

The focus by the bye week is North Carolina second year man Michael Carter, just the fact he can do it all with his compact frame. Breece Hall had a workload at Iowa State, the Jets might not want to over use the rookie and do have a third option in contract year running back Ty Johnson.