Despite what the calendar says, the 2021 NFL season is in full swing with the New York Jets signing another draft pick to their roster. Last week, the Jets were able to sign RB Michael Carter to a four year, $4.29 million dollar deal that pays out a $807,000 signing bonus. This draft signing signals more offensive firepower for the Jets after coming off an anemic 2020 season with little or no offensive-period.
Michael Carter appears to be a solid draft selection and should help both the running game and be multi-dimensional as a checkdown receiver as well. Carter had a productive 2020 season with the North Carolina Tar Heels and amassed 1,245 yards rushing, 8.0 yards per carry and 9 TD’s on the ground while bringing in 24 receptions for a 10.7 yard average and two more receiving TD’s. Carter also led the ACC with 113.2 rushing yards per game average and was second overall in the conference with 151.5 all purpose yards per game. Throughout his collegiate career, Michael Carter rushed for 3,404 total yards which puts him high up on the all-time UNC rushing list and he also brought in 82 passes for 656 yards and six receiving TD’s. Carter also set a UNC record for garnering 6.6 yards per carry during his college career.
Moving past these statistics, Michael Carter seems destined to become a part of the massive rebuilding program surrounding the Jets in the 2021 season. Carter may fit well into new OC Mike LaFleur’s plans for a zone running game utilizing multiple situational RB”s. New head coach Robert Saleh summed up his feelings about sigining Michael Carter and adding another RB to the offensive playbook: We go through and just watched the third round unfold and we’re just looking at Michael Carter fall and we’re like, ‘Holy cow, he might get to us.'” (Robert Saleh, June 4, 2021.)
Michael Carter seems anxious to become a part of the Jets rebuilding program and his eagerness may become infectious in a good way to build momentum going into training camp: “I had a feeling all along I was going to be in New York, or New Jersey, really, I guess. But I’m just excited to be a Jet.” (Michael Carter, June 4, 2021.) Michael Carter brings a dual-threat run and pass option to the Jets offense and may prove to be another bargain draft pick this season. The excitement over a new season is growing and the Jets are poised, with draft picks like Michael Carter, to become one of the most improved NFL franchises this upcoming season.