NY Jets: 4 second year players with a point to prove in 2021

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3. La'Mical Perine, RB, NY Jets

Another second-year player returning with added competition in his position is running back La'Mical Perine.

Having finished with a subpar 232 yards on 64 carries in 2020 at an average of just 3.6 yards a carry, Perine has become a forgotten man in the Jets backfield and was a surprising inclusion for many in the Jets final the 53-man roster.

Unfortunately for Perine in 2021, there already seems to be a clear pecking order in the Jets running back room.

Tevin Coleman has come in from San Francisco and is expected to be the starting back, with Ty Johnson and rookie Michael Carter also expected to challenge for the top spot.

Even in preseason, Perine was buried on the depth chart and averaged just 2.5 yards a carry across the three games, the worst among his position on the roster.

Nonetheless, with the Jets expected to rotate their running backs throughout the season, Perine should get an opportunity to impress and he needs to make sure that his takes his chance.

Things can change quickly in the NFL and La'Mical Perine must prove himself in 2021 or risk a premature end to his career.