Ranking the NY Jets and every AFC East running back room

Do the Jets have the best running back room in the AFC East?
NY Jets, Breece Hall
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1. NY Jets

  • Breece Hall
  • Michael Carter
  • Zonovan Knight
  • Israel Abanikanda
  • Travis Dye

The Jets just barely edge out the Patriots for the top spot on this list. Although much has been made about the Jets' lackluster running back depth, it's strong enough to earn them the nod over New England.

Breece Hall is a bonafide star. Although he only played seven games last season, it didn't take long for Hall to establish himself as one of the NFL's most explosive and dynamic offensive playmakers.

Despite playing more than 50 percent of his team's snaps in just four games, Hall ranked top-10 in the entire NFL in scrimmage yards at the time of his injury.

He finished his rookie campaign with 463 yards and four touchdowns on a superb 5.8 yards per carry, adding an additional 19 catches for 218 yards and a touchdown in the air.

If not for his torn ACL, Hall would have likely been the frontrunner for Offensive Rookie of the Year over teammate Garrett Wilson. That ACL injury is a concern entering 2023, however.

The Jets hope Hall will be ready for the start of the season, but it's unclear just how healthy he will be. The team would probably prefer to ease him into a larger workload as the season goes on.

That means the Jets will be forced to rely on their running back depth. Barring a Dalvin Cook signing, the trio of Michael Carter, Zonovan Knight, and Israel Abanikanda will be tasked with holding down the fort alongside Hall.

Carter is coming off a disappointing year, but he and Knight's struggles late in the year could be at least partially attributed to the dire state of the Jets' offensive line at that stage of the season. They weren't given much to work with.

Carter, Knight, and Abanikanda are better depth than Pierre Strong Jr., Ty Montgomery, Kevin Harris, and J.J. Taylor. If Breece Hall is healthy, the Jets have the best running back room in the AFC East.