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Michael Carter's return provides a big boost to a struggling NY Jets offense

By Kristen Wong
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Michael Carter fantasy managers, rejoice. The NY Jets running back could explode on the field as soon as Week 15 against the Miami Dolphins.

Carter has been sidelined for New York's last three games with a low-grade ankle sprain, but he was designated to return to practice on Wednesday. The rookie leads the Jets with 430 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns while also recording 32 catches for 308 yards.

He's played in a little more than half of offensive snaps this year, but if healthy, he will likely supplant Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson as the lead running back once in Week 15.

Jets fans have been smacking their lips for Carter's return, though it's unfortunate that the Jets still won't be at full strength. Fellow rookie standout Elijah Moore was placed on injured reserve last Saturday, although the team is optimistic Moore can return for the final two season games.

The Jets' offense will be buoyed by one of their rookie stars, at the very least.

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With Carter leading the backfield, the Jets suddenly have a wealth of options to choose from on offense. In the running game alone, Carter may not find a huge amount of success. Miami ranks eighth in the league in run defense, allowing just 85.7 yards per game in their last three matchups.

How well Carter plays in his return will also hinge on the performance of the Jets' offensive line, which has struggled at times this season.

But Carter could also be worked into offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur's play-action schemes to give Jamison Crowder, Keelan Cole, and Denzel Mims more easy looks.

A healthy, dynamic back like Carter opens up the Jets offense and puts less pressure on Zach Wilson to win the game solely with his arm.

New York's games have been borderline unwatchable in recent weeks, as Wilson has been missing his top targets in the wide receiver room and running back room.

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Week 15 presents a winnable game against Dolphins, and having Carter back on the field should only boost New York's chances of claiming their fourth victory of the season.

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