The demise of New York Jets running back Michael Carter was greatly exaggerated this offseason.

When Gang Green surprised everyone on the second day of the draft by selecting Breece Hall out of Iowa State, it raised a lot of eyebrows. He instantly became the highest drafted running back by the organization in over 31 years.

Hall ascended to the top of the Las Vegas leaderboard as an instant Offensive Rookie of the Year contender. Despite the pops from MC1 in 2021, it seemed like most of the fan base had written him off in favor of the brand new toy.

However, a harsh reality was dished out after the season opener versus the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

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Michael Carter Is a Freaking Stud

When the Jets’ offensive starters rolled out onto the field after receiving the opening kickoff a familiar face was in the backfield and he stayed there throughout the game.

MC1, the No. 107 overall pick in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL draft, kept making plays.

He led the team in rushing versus Baltimore with a 60-yard effort on 10 carries for an impressive six yards per clip average.

Then MC1 provided veteran Joe Flacco a nice outlet throughout the game as a receiving option. He caught seven passes for 40 more yards and was targeted nine times.

All in all, Carter contributed 100 total yards from scrimmage and put the NFL on notice that he isn’t going anywhere.

Something that popped last season during his rookie campaign and was evident during Week 1 is his refusal to go down on first contact.

Despite a minuscule stature at just 5-foot-8, 201 pounds MC1 always keeps his feet moving.

In 2021 Carter appeared in 14 games and started in 11 of those contests:

639 rushing yards
325 receiving yards
5.3 scrimmage yards per touch
Four total touchdowns

This Is Going to Be a True 50-50 With Breece Hall

So what about Hall?

He only had six carries on the day for 23 yards and ended up losing a fumble. The former Iowa State product did find ways to contribute in the receiving game with six catches for 38 yards.

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Source:: Heavy.com

      

Jets Playmaking Stud Reminds NFL He Ain’t Going Anywhere

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