5 NY Jets veterans who may lose their job to younger players

Michael Carter and these other veterans could lose their jobs soon
NY Jets, Michael Carter
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2. Michael Carter, RB, NY Jets

The Jets entered the 2022 season with what they believed to be one of the better running back tandems in the NFL. Breece Hall not only lived up to the hype, but he undoubtedly exceeded expectations as a rookie.

His partner in crime, however, didn't hold up his end of the bargain. Michael Carter was a disappointment last season.

The former fourth-round pick put together an impressive rookie campaign in 2021, rushing for 639 yards and four touchdowns on 4.3 yards per carry. Most expected Carter to be the Jets' RB1 in 2022 before the team drafted Hall in the second round.

Unfortunately, the 2022 season wouldn't be as kind to Carter. The 24-year-old finished with just 402 yards on a woeful 3.5 yards per carry. He was one of the NFL's most inefficient running backs.

There was a stark contrast between the Jets with and without Hall, and a lot of that was due to Carter's struggles. Entering the 2023 season, nothing is guaranteed for the former North Carolina star.

Carter is tentatively penciled in as the Jets' RB2 behind Hall, but that could change if the team signs Dalvin Cook. It also could change if fifth-round rookie Israel Abanikanda makes some waves this summer.

The Jets reportedly believe Abanikanda can contribute right away as a rookie, and many believe he might take over as the team's RB2 before the season is over. He's a direct threat to Carter's playing time.