NY Jets RB Michael Carter showing flashes of rookie self

Michael Carter showed flashes of his rookie self in the Panthers game
NY Jets, Michael Carter
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The NY Jets believed that they found a potential mid-round gem when they selected Michael Carter in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. His explosiveness and dynamic ability followed him to the Jets throughout his rookie year and gave fans a lot to be excited about.

In his rookie season, Carter rushed for 639 yards on 147 attempts and four touchdowns. Not only was he productive on the ground, but Carter also made his presence felt in the passing game as well, picking up 325 receiving yards on 36 receptions.

Michael Carter impressed in the NY Jets' second preseason game

In the Jets' second preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, Jets fans saw glimpses of a return to form from the young running back. Carter finished the game with 19 yards on four attempts for an average of 4.8 yards per carry. We also saw Carter make an impact as a receiver.

Carter led the team in receiving, with two receptions for 34 yards. While this may seem small, it was a step in the right direction for a running back who really struggled last season.

Carter finished the 2022 season with 114 carries for 402 yards and three rushing touchdowns. He also added 288 receiving yards on 41 receptions. His average dropped to a measly 3.5 yards per carry.

With the Jets officially signing Dalvin Cook, Breece Hall returning this season, and Israel Abanikanda a lock for the 53-man roster, the Jets will likely have to part ways with a running back.

The two on the chopping block seem to be Carter and Zonovan Knight. However, with two preseason games left to be played, Carter seems to have the edge over the former undrafted free agent.

Carter's performance in the Jets' 27-0 victory over the Panthers is one that could absolutely help his case. The future of Carter remains to be seen, but he showed flashes of his rookie self in that Panthers game.

Even with Cook now in the fold, Carter could carve out a role if he continues to impress.