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NY Jets Sign RB Thomas Rawls

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According to multiple sources the New York Jets have signed free agent running back Thomas Rawls.

Rawls, a 24 year old, 5’ 10”, 217 pound running back originally signed in 2015 as an undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan by the Seattle Seahawks, played three seasons with the Seahawks. Rawls was very good his rookie year, racking up 830 rushing yards on just 147 carries for a sparkling 5.6 ypc average. The last two years have been less kind to Thomas Rawls. In 2016 and 2017 Rawls posted a combined 506 yards on 167 carries for a horrendous 3.0 ypc average. To put into context just how bad that is, no Jets running back in more than 45 years has had a two season stretch with more than 160 carries and a ypc of 3.0 or lower. The last Jets running back to achieve this dubious distinction was the utterly forgettable 16th round draft choice George Nock, who managed the feat in 1970-1971 with 183 carries for just 539 yards. No Nock on poor George, but he managed just six more carries in the NFL after that magnificent two year stretch.

Rawls has been hampered by injuries the last two years, so perhaps there is hope for him yet. The most likely scenario given his performance over the last two years is Rawls never makes the 53 man roster. Nonetheless his excellent rookie year provides some hope for a bounce back season. Assuming he was signed for something close to a minimal contract with little or no guaranteed money this may be a decent risk worth taking.