Jets News

Michael Carter has emerged as the NY Jets best offensive playmaker

By Kristen Wong
NY Jets, Michael Carter
NY Jets, Michael Carter / Jim McIsaac/GettyImages
facebooktwitterreddit

The NY Jets and "high-powered offense" don't usually go together, but running back Michael Carter has been changing the Jets' game. Literally.

In recent weeks, Carter has exploded to take the lead in New York's running back-by-committee, most notably in Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Quarterback Mike White stole the spotlight in that game, but even he knew a huge chunk of New York's success belonged to Carter, who led the Jets in both rushing and receiving yards (77 yards and 90 yards respectively.)

Carter's breakout was just beginning.

The 2021 fourth-rounder put on another dazzling show in Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts, recording 49 rushing yards and 37 receiving yards, proving yet again to be one of New York's most dynamic dual threats.

The Jets ultimately lost that game, but they found themselves a surefire offensive playmaker in Michael Carter.

Heading into Week 10, Carter is the clear RB1 on this Jets team. He's taken the reins to the backfield and run away with his opportunity.

At the University of North Carolina, Carter shared snaps with Denver Broncos' Javonte Williams. When he was drafted by the Jets this year, he was ready to share the backfield in a three-back rotation with Ty Johnson and Tevin Coleman.

Michael Carter has been the NY Jets' most effective offensive weapon in 2021

Carter started the season off slow, but he saw his snap share increase week by week. In Week 1, he played in just a quarter of offensive snaps. By Week 7, though, he was playing in a season-high 72 percent of snaps, followed by 70 percent and 58 percent in the last two matchups.

He currently leads the team in rushing attempts and yards with over twice as many in each category as second-place Ty Johnson.

In the passing game, Carter ranks second in catches and receiving yards, growing into another reliable target for the Wilson-White-Johnson quarterback corps (that QB room is starting to sound more like a law firm).

What makes Carter extra effective in the Jets' offensive scheme has been his precocious ability to break tackles. Pro Football Focus noted that he forced 21 missed tackles on 86 carries this season, and he forced 11 missed tackles on 27 catches.

That totals to 32 missed tackles on 113 touches, or a second-best average of 0.282 missed tackles forced per touch among running backs with at least 50 touches.

Carter has maintained an astonishingly high level of per-play efficiency as a tackle-breaker, and at the rate he's playing, he's all but secured his spot as the primary ball-carrier in the Jets backfield.

Next. NY Jets: 4 most disappointing trades in franchise history. dark

As long as Carter keeps up the every-down production, the New York Jets will be in good hands.

facebooktwitterreddit