The NY Jets have activated running back La’Mical Perine off injured reserve.
Perine has missed the last four weeks with an ankle injury that he suffered in the Jets’ Week 11 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Jets placed Perine on IR soon after that game, but he’s set to take the field again this week.
In nine games this season, Perine has carried the ball 55 times for 202 yards and two touchdowns for an average of 3.7 yards per carry. Prior to his untimely injury, Perine was starting to earn increased playing time in the offense.
After playing in just 40 offensive snaps over the first five weeks of the season, Perine received eight or more touches in every subsequent game. That included a career-high 70 percent of snaps and 13 touches in Week 7.
But while his playing time increased, his production remained middling at best. This was, of course, partially due to his lackluster situation.
The NY Jets saw others step up in La’Mical Perine’s absence
In his absence, veteran Frank Gore continued to receive the majority of touches. But while Gore remained an unexciting, underwhelming option, Johnson and Adams managed to shine.
Once the 37-year-old went down with an injury in Week 13, Johnson and Adams stepped up and nearly led the Jets to their first victory of the season. Johnson rushed for 104 yards on 22 carries while Adams added an additional 74 yards on eight carries.
Unfortunately, when Gore came back, it was more of the same with the veteran leading the backfield. Who knows how the running back rotation will look with Perine returning to the fold.
Will the Jets continue to roll with the red-hot Johnson as Gore’s primary backup? Will Perine retake his role as the second back behind Gore? Will Adams actually see any snaps?
All of those questions will have to be answered, but the Jets will certainly be hoping to see some better production from Perine now that he’s returned.
The fourth-round rookie will look to make a bigger impact as he attempts to solidify a role on the offense going into next season.