2. The underrated need for a running back on the NY Jets roster
The Jets, if they are to have success in 2022, are going to have to learn to love the run game. Zach Wilson is still very young in his career, and he's proven thus far to have issues with turnovers.
On the flip side, the reason Deebo Samuel was such a popular option for the Jets to trade for, and the reason I personally say Treylon Burks may have fit the Jets better than Garrett Wilson, is that they both are major extensions of the run game with their styles of play.
Both are going to be YAC kings. Both are going to arguably be two of the better running backs in football this year in a sense. Even though they may not get classified as "running backs," or may not get "carries" like running backs do, their games basically evolve right off the line of scrimmage, whether that be quick slants, flats, motion sweeps, etc.
And the need to develop the run game rests on the fact that the Jets have arguably one of the weaker running back groups and run games in the league.
They were 27th last year in both rushing yards per game and overall rushing yards, as well as dead last in rushing attempts.
The run game is still important, contrary to popular belief. The ability to run the ball and control the clock are big reasons why teams like the Patriots, Titans, Colts, 49ers, and Ravens have remained so consistently competitive over the last few years despite some drop-offs in talent.
Michael Carter proved himself to be a nice little find for Joe Douglas a year ago, going for 639 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns in 147 attempts.
But is he a true number one back? Is he a back that's going to wear on defenses and extend drives? That's still up for debate.
Has Tevin Coleman at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds shown he is that physical back that wants to run into contact and tire out defenses? I'd argue "No."
Breece Hall brings size, strength, physicality, and the ability to put a wear-and-tear on defenses that the other two featured backs in the previous group did not necessarily have.
The 36th pick was not used on another gadget guy who splits the tackle. It was used on a big, physical dude who's going to hit the ground game hard and give the Jets something they haven't had in a while.
You want to compete with Buffalo? Keep Josh Allen on the sidelines. You want to compete with Miami and all those weapons they have? Keep Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle on the sidelines. You want to compete with New England? Give their game right back to them and wear out their defense.