NY Jets: 5 players with the most to prove in 2021 training camp

NY Jets, La'Mical Perine
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NY Jets, La'Mical Perine
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1. La'Mical Perine, RB, NY Jets

La'Mical Perine has quickly become the forgotten man in the Jets backfield. A fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Perine was used sparingly as a rookie but received more playing time as the season went on.

Unfortunately, he failed to do much of anything with his touches as he finished with just 232 yards on 64 carries for a very poor 3.6 yards per carry.

The Jets, evidently eyeing a backfield upgrade, signed Tevin Coleman and added Michael Carter in this year's draft to compete with the returning Perine, Ty Johnson, and Josh Adams.

But given what we saw this spring, a clear pecking order has seemingly been established. Carter, Coleman, and Johnson split first-team reps in the spring with Perine only occasionally being mixed in.

There's no guarantee that Perine even makes the final roster, let alone establishes a role in the offense this season. That's why his performance in training camp will be crucial as he looks to prove himself.

It wasn't long ago that Perine was receiving Bilal Powell comparisons and looked like a potential long-term piece in the Jets running back room.

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But things can change very quickly in the NFL, especially for running backs. Perine must prove himself this summer or risk becoming a victim of the numbers game.