The New York Jets might be in the market to add another playmaker on offense via free agency. Here’s a case for them to acquire potential free agent running back Carlos Hyde.
For many years, the offense of the New York Jets enjoyed much success when they were a ground-and-pound unit. They shored up their offensive line and usually had a nice trio of running backs that not only kept those chains moving but scored a plethora of touchdowns. Those days are gone but here’s to hoping it comes back sooner rather than later.
With a lot of money to spend in free agency, the Jets would be wise to add some more firepower to an offense that had a lot of three and outs and well, failed to consistently put points on the scoreboard. San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde could potentially hit free agency as he’s an unrestricted free agent and boy, would he add a nice dimension to the Jets offense.
Hyde has always been an underrated running back that got the job done quietly in the Golden City. So far in his career, Hyde totaled 2,729 rushing yards, 655 rushes, and 21 touchdowns. Hyde is coming off his best year yet and at just 27-years-old, still has a lot of good football left in him.
In 2017, Hyde totaled 938 rushing yards, 240 rushes, eight touchdowns, and averaged 3.9 yards per attempt. As a receiving option out of the backfield, Hyde totaled 350 yards on 59 receptions. Considering that veteran running back Matt Forte will more than likely not come back to the Jets next season, means they might want to add one more name to the mix.
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Hopefully next season, the Jets don’t continue the same mistake of last year and actually give Bilal Powell an opportunity to shine as a starter. Here’s to also hoping they give more opportunities to Elijah McGuire since he has potential to be a game-changing running back over the next few years.
Besides those two, it would make sense to add Hyde since he would bring a lot to the table. He has what it takes to also double up as key contributor either on the ground or through the air and that’s exactly what this offense needs more of. Considering that Powell tends to get injured due to calf/leg injuries, means the Jets might want to add another experienced running back to the depth chart since McGuire is entering just his second season in the NFL. Should something happen to Powell, it might put a lot more pressure on McGuire to deliver and quality depth is always important during the regular season.
Overall, Hyde would be worth investing in by the Jets since a change of scenery might give him an opportunity to prove he can be a great asset to a team that is rebuilding for a brighter future. Hyde shouldn’t break the bank for the Jets but at the right price, would add another playmaker on offense to possibly make the Jets rushing attack a strength again.