Jets Sign La’Mical Perine

The Jets have agreed to terms with fourth-round draft choice La’Mical Perine, the team announced. The former Florida running back is the fourth member of the club’s nine-man rookie class to sign his first professional contract.

Perine is presently staring up at two big names ahead of him on the Jets’ RB depth chart, which is topped by Le’Veon Bell and Frank Gore. But Bell could be a trade candidate if New York is a trade deadline seller, and even if he makes it through the season, it’s far from a sure thing that he’ll be back with Gang Green in 2021. Gore, meanwhile, is on the tail end of a Hall of Fame career and may retire at the end of the 2020 campaign.

So Perine will do battle with players like Kenneth Dixon and Josh Adams in an effort to secure a spot in the current RB rotation while showcasing his talents for a larger role down the line. His college numbers aren’t especially flashy, but a 5.0 yards-per-carry average over a four-year stint against SEC defenses isn’t too shabby, and he displayed some receiving ability in his senior season, catching 40 passes for 262 yards and five TDs.

Per the terms of his draft slot, Perine will earn $4MM over the life of his four-year deal, which includes a $745K signing bonus. Here’s the full rundown of the Jets’ draft class as it presently stands, via PFR’s tracker:

1-11: Mekhi Becton, T (Louisville)
2-59: Denzel Mims, WR (Baylor): Signed
3-68: Ashtyn Davis, S (California)
3-79: Jabari Zuniga, DE (Florida)
4-120: Lamical Perine, RB (Florida): Signed
4-125: James Morgan, QB (Florida International)
4-129: Cameron Clark, OT (Charlotte): Signed
5-158: Bryce Hall, CB (Virginia): Signed
6-191: Braden Mann, P (Texas A&M)

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4 comments on “Jets Sign La’Mical Perine

  1. playicy

    Jets have a lot of needs and it starts with the men in charge gase was terrible in Miami, and he thought he can motivate people by telling his players he would trade them to Cleveland, which still didn’t help them win games! The defense was horrendous against anything, and so was the offensive line, if your looking for a bright spot w/ this team there isn’t one! I mean I see them worst than Miami this year at 3-13, because they didn’t do anything to change their personnel from last year, so last place is where I see the jets finish in the AFC east

    • wagner13

      I’m not saying the Jets are fantastic by any means, but they literally retooled 80% of the offensive line. To suggest they did nothing to improve is laughable

    • 4Quarters

      Jets had the number 2 rushing defense last year, and were 6-2 in their last 8 games (which is crazy, cuz when you look at the early ass-kickings they took, you’d think the rushing stats would be skewed heavily against them)

      Yea I’m not fond of Gase either, but a 6-2 stretch at any point in that dumpster fire of a season is kinda impressive.

      Gregg Williams running the defense seemed like a hand-in-glove fit. Even without a dominant edge rusher. I know piling on NY teams is the mob mentality groupthink ‘cool’ thing to do — but support your assertions with facts and you’ll look less foolish.

      • wagner13

        Outstanding counter-argument! I can always respect someone who uses facts and statistics to strengthen their point

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