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4 NY Jets who could lose their starting jobs this summer

NY Jets, Bryce Hall
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NY Jets, Michael Carter
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3. Michael Carter, RB, NY Jets

The Jets aren't exactly going to employ a "starting" running back in 2022. Much like most teams around the NFL, the Jets are expected to utilize a committee approach as it pertains to their backfield.

Right now, the team's de facto top running back is the returning Michael Carter who emerged as one of the team's most promising young players as a rookie last season.

It didn't take long for Carter to establish himself as the Jets' lead back in 2021 and he finished his rookie campaign rushing for 639 yards and four touchdowns on a 4.3 yards-per-carry average.

A high-ankle sprain limited him to 14 games, but he still managed to finish fourth among rookies in rushing yards and looked well on his way to becoming an integral part of this Jets' offense.

That said, while Carter is still internally listed as the team's No. 1 running back at the time of writing, don't expect it to last. The Jets went out and drafted Iowa State's Breece Hall at the top of the second round, and Hall might quickly surpass Carter on the depth chart.

This is a very similar situation to the one with Sauce Gardner. The Jets didn't make Hall the highest-drafted running back by a Joe Douglas team since 2000 for him to play second-fiddle on offense.

He's going to be the guy. Yes, Carter will still receive plenty of snaps and the Jets will likely still utilize the committee approach, but it would be a surprise if Hall wasn't the team's top back before long.

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