Monday, November 29, 2021

Jet rookie RB Michael Carter prepares for franchise record

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When the New York Jets, running back Michael Carter, fell to Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh in round four of the 2021 NFL draft, they were ecstatic.

It wasn’t long before the North Carolina product became the feature back of this gang green stall, which started with four or five possible rushers. “I never felt like a beginner,” Carter told reporters on November 18 per Connor Hughes, “They drafted me to play.”

The all-purpose back has proven to be an advantage in both running and passing play, with 169 yards after contact with the ground and 326 yards after catch through the air. Even his blocking ability is well beyond his years, with a Pass Protection Rating of 78.0 or higher in five of his eight eligible games, according to Pro Football Focus.

With eight games left on the schedule, Carter is chasing Jets history.

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Michael Nania from Jets X-Factor tweeted that “Michael Carter’s 673 scrimmage yards are the 13th-most-by-a-rookie in Jets history this season.”

He added, “At his current pace of 74.8 [yards per game], he just needs [five] more games to become that [third] To meet beginners [1,000 scrimmage yards]. Still [eight] Games left to set for Matt Snell (1964) the record of 1,341. to shoot [scrimmage yards]. “

Nania shared the list too of the Jets newbies Carter currently runs. Snell, Clark Gaines, and John Riggins make the top 3, but players like Leon Washington, Keyshawn Johnson, Blair Thomas, Freeman McNeil, Wesley Walker, and Wayne Chrebet make the top 10.

In a rotating backfield, a 1,000-yard rushing season never seemed likely for the rookie – or a running back on that roster – but as a double threat, Carter makes a statement. He runs with a mixture of volatility and strength, which despite his size always poses a risk of breaking any tackle.

The only thing that the rookie was missing was that home run game where he took an early down carry to the house. Part of it is blocked, however, and the Jets’ offensive line is at the bottom end of this division.

To make franchise history, Carter will need to average just over 83.5 scrimmage yards per game for the remainder of 2021. With 111.0 scrimmage YPG in the last four weeks, this record is definitely achievable.

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During yesterday’s episode of One Jets Drive, the North Carolina product revealed how excited he was to join the franchise.

“I wanted to be here anyway, I wanted to be in New York anyway, and I really wanted to play for the Jets,” the rookie told the camera crew, explaining, “Everyone and their mother knew they were going to draw Zach [Wilson]… so [I knew] They wanted to get a good quarterback and then we can move on from there, but then when they have it [Alijah Vera-Tucker] I was like brother, I have to go to New York. And then [on] Day two when everyone in the world thought Elijah [Moore] disappeared, they found a way to get E-Moore. It’s just amazing, the design, I love where we can take it. “

Another interesting section of the running back coverage featured focused on his childhood growing up in Florida. “I’m always so motivated because I love football, I love the game and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I’ve never had a real job, ”he joked. “I just always played ball … my parents were always like that, as long as you have good grades, you play ball and do what you should, everything else will take care of itself.”

Football is Carter’s whole life and as he put it, “I’ve never met a person who loves the game more than I do.” Now he can show this on a global stage as he struggles to turn this franchise inside out.

“I think the ups and downs are truly a testimony when all is said and done,” Carter said. “I feel good when my back is against the wall.”

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Another interesting section of the running back coverage featured focused on his childhood growing up in Florida. “I’m always so motivated because I love football, I love the game and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I’ve never had a real job, ”he joked. “I just always played ball … my parents were always like that, as long as you have good grades, you play ball and do what you should, everything else will take care of itself.”



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