The Jets’ offense has seen a number of changes recently, but the team is retaining a depth member of its backfield. New York has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with running back Ty Johnson, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter (Twitter link).
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Johnson entered the league as a draft pick of the Lions in 2019, but the majority of his playing time has come with the Jets. The 25-year-old has made 44 appearances and five starts in New York, operating as a rotational rusher and special teamer. That role is likely to continue in 2023 on the Jets’ new-look offense.
New York has drafted Michael Carter and Breece Hall in the past two drafts, giving them a young tandem at the top of their depth chart. The latter’s ACL tear led to New York’s midseason acquisition of James Robinson, but he has signed with the Patriots. Johnson will thus be able to at least compete for the No. 3 spot during training camp this summer.
The Maryland alum’s most productive season came in 2021, when he saw a carer-high snap share of 40%. That year, he racked up 238 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground, adding 34 receptions for 372 yards and another two scores. He saw his workload decrease last season and totaled a career-low 248 scrimmage yards, though he did average 5.3 yards per carry on his limited handoffs.
The Jets have re-tooled their WR room in recent days, adding Allen Lazard and Mecole Hardman while trading away Elijah Moore. They are, presumably, going to have Aaron Rodgers under center by the time the 2023 season starts, which will have a sizeable effect on their passing game. The team’s rushing attack will look similar, though, with Hall, Carter and now Johnson all remaining in the fold.
2 comments on “Jets To Re-Sign RB Ty Johnson”
I can’t see the Jets signing Zeke if Breece is healthy. They’ve got 4 in the RB room at relatively low cost. Zeke knows he’s not going to break the bank now, but he definitely will command more than the four the Jets have are getting.
I don’t see how he fits in either, almost even if Hall needs some time. You’d think between Carter, Knight, and Johnson, they’ve got it covered even if Hall needs a few to get up to speed