6 running backs the NY Jets could target in 2022 free agency

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6. NY Jets target: Sony Michel

Sony Michel is what he is at this stage. He isn't an overly-dynamic runner and he isn't going to offer much as a receiver either. What he is effective at, however, is running between the tackles.

Michel is a capable downhill runner who has played well when given the opportunity in the past. The former first-round pick was traded from the New England Patriots to the Los Angeles Rams ahead of the 2021 season, and he went on to serve as a reliable contributor on offense.

Michel finished with 845 yards and four touchdowns on 208 carries for a respectable 4.1 yards per carry. That rotational role is the one he could fill in New York.

Signing Michel would give the Jets a viable downhill runner to pair with the more dynamic Michael Carter in 2022.

5. NY Jets target: James Conner

Much like Sony Michel, you know what you're getting with James Conner. Conner is never going to be an every-down, high-average, explosive runner. Instead, he makes a living in between the tackles which is where he shined in 2021.

Conner was actually named to his second career Pro Bowl in 2021 after finishing with 752 yards and a whopping 18 touchdowns (15 rushing). He may have only averaged 3.7 yards per carry, but Conner proved to have a nose for the end zone.

That's really the type of running back the Jets should be looking to add this offseason. While Carter is a tough runner, he isn't someone who's going to be incredibly effective down near the end zone.

Conner could more or less be the Jets' short-yardage back who spells Carter and helps keep the chains moving. There are worse players to have on your roster for sure.