With OTA’s and minicamps starting to wind down around the NFL in anticipation of training camp next month, the Jets have amassed a strong running back corps that should help erase the anemic offensive performance from the 2020 season. New head coach Robert Saleh, while being most noted as a top-notch defensive playcaller, has brought in Mike LaFleur as his offensive coordinator. LaFleur, the younger brother of Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, is no stranger to Robert Saleh as they both worked together in San Francisco under Kyle Shanahan. Both San Francisco alumni bring NFC Championship rings with them to the Jets and their arrival should signal massive changes in both the offensive and defensive schemes for the Jets 2021 season.
The Jets should immediately see changes in the offensive backfield with the addition of Tevin Coleman in March. While his signing didn’t create major headlines in the New York sports market, Coleman brings additional depth, maturity and productivity to the Jets running back corps. Another alumnus of the San Francisco 49er’s, Coleman’s capabilities and potential to become a dependable rotational back is already on the radar screen of OC Mike LaFleur; LaFleur already has experience in a similar role with Coleman back in San Francisco. However, the biggest test for Tevin Coleman will be his ability to bounce back from a terrible season plagued with injuries.
What does Tevin Coleman bring to the Jets? Throughout his career, the 28 year old running back has built a reputation for doing all three things called upon by a running back -run, catch and block. Coleman’s versatility in the backfield is seen not only in his five yards per carry average but his 10.5 yards per catch average stands as a statement to his versatility. The former Indiana Hoosier is a large back and Coleman’s 6’1, 210 lb. frame helps his multi-dimensional capabilities. Throughout his NFL career, Coleman has garnered 36 touchdowns (24 rushing, 12 passing) which also speaks to his dual threat role as a runner and pass receiver. If Coleman can get past his 2020 season and stay healthy, his partnership with Mike LaFleur may be a major win-win situation for the Jets offensively this season. With an already crowded Jets backfield, Coleman’s experience and ability to carry the ball or be a reliable receiver should make him a strong candidate for a primary rotational running back and bring additional depth to the Jets offense for the upcoming season.