Breaking News: New York Jets Let Go Of Dynamic Running Back In Unexpected Roster Decision

The New York Jets have made an unexpected roster move, parting ways with the once highly-touted running back, Michael Carter. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Carter, aged 24, is now subject to waivers. The departure of Carter is expected to pave the way for Dalvin Cook and rookie Izzy Abanikanda to assume more significant roles in the Jets’ backfield.

Hailing from North Carolina, Carter entered the NFL as one of the most promising running back prospects in the 2021 draft. His standout performance in 2020, amassing 1,245 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, earned him First Team All-ACC and Third Team All-American honors.

Selected in the fourth round (107th overall) by the Jets, Carter demonstrated potential in his rookie season with 639 rushing yards, four touchdowns, and 36 receptions for 325 receiving yards. However, he faced a setback as promising rookie Breece Hall took over the starting role, leading to a notable reduction in Carter’s playing time.

The Jets further fortified their running back corps by signing four-time Pro Bowler Dalvin Cook during the offseason, further relegating Carter down the depth chart. In the current season, Carter had limited opportunities, carrying the ball only eight times for 38 yards across nine games.

With Breece Hall’s consistent performance as the primary running back, Carter faced challenges in regaining his status as the Jets’ top running back. Despite his recent limited role, Carter’s past performances make him an intriguing prospect, likely to attract considerable interest in the NFL market.