The New York Jets boosted their running game during free agency by signing Isaiah Crowell. Can Crowell become a workhorse type back for the Jets in 2018? Here’s his full profile heading into training camp.
The New York Jets boosted their running game during free agency by signing running back Isaiah Crowell. The former Cleveland Browns running back signed a three-year, $12 million contract with $4 million fully guaranteed when he signed back in March.
The Jets are expecting Crowell to become a workhorse type running back for them, the same way Matt Forte was during his time with the Jets before he retired. Crowell joins a running back group that features Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Thomas Rawls, and Trent Cannon.
2017 SEASON REVIEW
Crowell played for one of the worst teams in NFL history in 2017, as the Cleveland Browns went 0-16. From 2014-2017, the Browns have an 11-53 record. Along with a lost season in 2017, Crowell lost his lead role in the Browns backfield with having to split carries with Duke Johnson Jr. However, Crowell did have a solid season with 853 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The former Brown also racked up 182 receiving yards on 28 receptions.
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2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
Although the Browns have been one of the worst teams in the NFL, Crowell has quietly been one of the best running backs in the league. Crowell and Frank Gore are the only backs to play all 64 games the past four seasons.
Crowell believes he can become the Jets bell-cow back according to an article on NewYorkJets.com. Here is what Crowell had to say:
“I want to be a big-time player here. I want to prove it to my coaches and teammates that I’ve got what it takes to be an every-down back and help my team win games.”
Crowell has shown that he has the durability and skill set to become that type of back for the Jets. Expect Crowell to have another solid season and lead the team in rushing yards and touchdowns.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Crowell will make the team and become the lead running back for the Jets. Playing for the Browns the last four seasons have not been easy for Crowell, but expect him to make his old team pay for not bringing him back for 2018. Crowell wants to prove to everyone that he is a big-time player and there is no better place to do that than in New York. The lights shine brightly in New York and Crowell has everything needed to shine in the big city.