5 reasons why NY Jets QB Zach Wilson must succeed in 2022

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1. The NY Jets running back room is the best it's been in five years

Quick stats for you — the Jets have not finished higher than 23rd in rushing yards per game since 2018.

In 2018, they finished 26th. In 2019, they finished 31st. In 2020, they finished 23rd. And last year, they finished 27th.

Michael Carter emerged as a sweet little find for Joe Douglas last year as he rushed for 639 yards on 147 carries averaging 4.3 yards per attempt.

Other than Carter springing up as a decent prospect, the Jets' run game has never been as talented as it is right now with Carter slated for the RB2 role behind the bell cow run game of former Iowa State standout, Breece Hall.

Just two under-the-radar draft picks have taken the Jets from leaning on the talents of stars well out of their prime such as Le'Veon Bell, Frank Gore, and Tevin Coleman as well as the choir of Bilal Powell, Josh Adams, Ty Johnson, La'Mical Perine, Isaiah Crowell, and Elijah McGuire to now being a strong two-running-back unit of Carter and Hall that finally seems poised to give the Jets some gumption in the ground game.

Both Carter and Hall are extremely tough runners. Hall should most definitely be a force considering his size, running style, and the improvement of Zach Wilson's second reason he must find success this year.