It’s expected the New York Jets will launch a stout rushing attack this upcoming season. Will running back Thomas Rawls make the final roster of the New York Jets once training camp is in the books?
With the retirement of running back Matt Forte this offseason, the New York Jets quickly went to work in acquiring new talent this offseason for the positional group. Besides the return of Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire, the Jets also brought in Isaiah Crowell and Thomas Rawls.
Ideally, new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates wants to continue having a West Coast offense but also have a stout rushing attack. Not only would establishing the run consistently help the time of possession battle, but it can set up the passing game to keep opponents on their toes.
At this point in time, anything can happen during training camp but does Rawls have what it takes to prove his worth and earn a final spot on the roster? Here’s his full profile as he prepares for his first training camp with the Jets.
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2017 SEASON REVIEW
Last year with the Seattle Seahawks, Rawls was hit with a severe ankle injury and missed the majority of the season. He only totaled 157 rushing yards, 58 rushes, and failed to score a single touchdown.
2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
If Rawls makes the final roster of the Jets, he will likely be the third or even fourth option on the depth chart. He might not make the team if the Jets decide to only keep three active running backs on the final roster.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
With better and more consistent talent above him, it’s likely that Rawls end up being a training camp casualty. Rawls has to hope that his ankle holds up all summer long and he’s able to fully compete in order to prove to decision makers that he has what it takes to bring results. The odds are against him at this point in time.