1. La'Mical Perine, RB, NY Jets
Another Jets mid-round pick who finds himself fighting for a roster spot this summer is running back La'Mical Perine.
Perine received Bilal Powell comparisons shortly following the 2020 NFL Draft, but after an underwhelming rookie season, he could find himself on the outside looking in this offseason.
The Jets went out and signed veteran Tevin Coleman and added Michael Carter in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Both players are expected be to featured heavily in the team's backfield rotation this season.
The same could be said for the returning Ty Johnson who impressed down the stretch last year. As for Perine, he received mostly second-team reps in the spring.
Perine averaged a poor 3.6 yards per carry as a rookie and did little with the opportunities he was given. The Jets hoped that Perine would emerge as the team's lead back following the release of Le'Veon Bell.
Instead, it was the likes of Johnson and Josh Adams who were most efficient late in the season. Now, Perine simply finds himself trying to hang on to a roster spot. It also doesn't help matters that he's a poor fit in the Jets' new offensive scheme.
Perine could still make the team, and he'll hopefully fare a little better now that he's fully recovered from an ankle injury that bothered him all of last season.
But it's likely that few would bat an eye if he was released as part of final roster cuts.