7 former NY Jets draft picks fighting for a roster spot this summer

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6. La'Mical Perine, RB, NY Jets

Speaking of failed draft picks that just never developed, it's hard to believe La'Mical Perine is still on the Jets' roster. The former fourth-round pick was a healthy scratch in nearly every game last season, yet the Jets seem intent on giving him yet another chance this summer.

This is in spite of the fact that players like Josh Adams and Austin Walter have outperformed in both the preseason and the regular season. Yet, both players were cut while Perine remains with the organization.

Perine was drafted in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft and is yet another underwhelming pick from Douglas' first draft class. He earned a part-time role as a rookie carrying the ball 64 times for 232 yards, an average of just 3.6 yards per carry.

The Jets gave him another shot in his second NFL season, but it quickly became apparent that he was buried on the depth chart. And again, despite being outplayed by Josh Adams in the summer, the Jets stuck with Perine.

The former Florida standout played just four games in 2021, rushing eight times for 31 yards. The only times he wasn't a healthy scratch was due to multiple injuries at the running back position.

Essentially, Perine was just a body taking up a roster spot last season. The fact that the team opted to release Austin Walter instead this offseason indicates that they believe Perine still has a chance to make the team.

However, with the likes of Breece Hall, Michael Carter, Tevin Coleman, and Ty Johnson all ahead of him on the depth chart, not to mention undrafted rookie Zonovan Knight, it's hard to imagine he sticks this time around.

Never say never, though. The Jets seem intent on giving Perine every opportunity to make the final roster.