Mike Clay of ESPN compiled a ranking of each NFL team’s running back group. The Jets came in near the bottom of the league.
26. New York Jets
Top three backs: Isaiah Crowell, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire
Projected unit stats: 361 carries, 1,513 yards, 9 TDs; 89 receptions, 698 yards, 2 TDs
Outlook: The Jets also are likely to lean on a committee. Crowell helps replace the retired Matt Forte after spending the first four seasons of his career in Cleveland. Crowell has never finished a season worse than 27th at the position in rushing yards -- top 20 in each of the past two seasons -- and is averaging a healthy 4.47 yards per carry over his past two campaigns. Complementing Crowell will be Powell, who has averaged at least 4.27 YPC each of the past four seasons, and second-year player McGuire, who generated 492 yards on 105 rookie-season touches.
I’m sure people won’t be happy with this ranking, but I’m really not that concerned with where the Jets rank numerically. I think this is a solid group in the backfield. This crew will not prevent the team from winning games. I think a backfield with Powell, Crowell, and McGuire is one of the bigger strengths on the roster. That’s what really matters.