NFL Spin Zone of the FanSided network recently released predictions on which running backs would end up earning starting jobs on their respective teams. They have Isaiah Crowell being the next starting running back of the New York Jets.
When it comes to running back Isaiah Crowell, there is a lot he brings to the table. He’s a versatile offensive threat that can hurt opposing teams either through the ground or the air once the football is in his hands. Consistency is what he’s all about and he’s ready for a fresh start in the city that never sleeps. The New York Jets acquired him this offseason as it’s expected Crowell will compete for the starting running back job but can he actually earn it?
In the grand scheme of things, Crowell is set to take part in a training camp competition to determine who starts and who backs up the running back position with some returning faces in the mix. Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire are going to compete as well with Thomas Rawls looking to earn a final roster spot.
The Jets are hoping to feature a good running back corps capable of pushing the envelope and elevating their overall rushing attack. Could Crowell do enough to separate himself from the rest of the group to be the next starting running back for the Jets?
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In an article written by Randy Gurzi of NFL Spin Zone, here is why he believes Crowell will undoubtedly be worthy of starting duties:
Despite playing on a poor offense, Crowell put up some strong performances during his tenure with the Cleveland Browns. With a 4.2 yards per carry career average, Crowell has gotten it done. His best season came in 2016, when he rushed for 952 yards at 4.8 per rush. He had 853 more in 2017, but was not retained by Cleveland.
Gurzi is correct here since, at the end of the day, Crowell not only brings the most experience but also strong stats to back it up. As a member of the Cleveland Browns the past four seasons, Crowell has totaled 3,118 rushing yards, 737 rushes, and 21 touchdowns. As a receiving option, he totaled 770 yards, 96 receptions, and a touchdown.
If he can bring such results to the Jets offense, it’s a no-brainer to feed him the rock consistently. The one thing that helps Crowell above the rest is his health and versatility. While Powell has shown signs of greatness, he tends to get injured every season which limits his ability to make an impact on offense consistently. Crowell could very well be an upgrade over Powell in every way possible since he’s done more with less as a member of the Browns.
Overall, Crowell does indeed have the best shot at winning starting duties for the Jets as it wouldn’t be shocking for him to be quite the pleasant surprise for the Jets all summer long. If he can play like he did with the Browns over the past few years, expect to see Crowell be the next household name on offense for the Jets.