Jets’ forgotten running back will have a chance against the Saints

The Jets had high hopes for La’Mical Perine when they used a fourth-round pick on the running back in 2020, but the Florida product has spent most of his second season on the bench.

Drafted with Adam Gase’s offense still in place, Perine has never met the new New York coaching staff. Michael Carter, a 2021 The fourth round quickly usurped Perine as a promising Gang Green rusher, while more experienced players like Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson were tasked with handling the rest of the races. Even Austin Walter, a player with a run ahead this season, saw the action against Perine when the Jets needed depth.

Perine saw just seven offensive shots and 19 special team shots in three games in his second season in the NFL. The 23-year-old has been mostly inactive, but that will change on Sunday against the Saints. With Carter still recovering from an ankle injury and Coleman out with a concussion, Perine will be New York’s third full-back behind Johnson and Walter.

“Every time one person is down, it gives another opportunity”, Saleh noted Friday of his backfield trio of week 14. “So that gives them all an opp. “

Perine, who ran for 232 yards and two touchdowns in 64 carries as a rookie, needs to grab every chance he has in Week 14. It’s easier said than done given that he’s third in New York’s pecking order and faces a top-five defense. The Saints are allowing just 96.4 rushing yards per game; all of the Jets’ backfield will be in trouble on Sunday.

Perine won’t be the only pick in the 2020 Jets Draft looking to impress this weekend after a second season of minimal use. With New York slim as wide receiver, second round Denzel Mims will also try to grab his final opportunity.

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