Thomas Rawls signed with the Jets this offseason, and he should open the season as the No. 3 running back behind Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell. If the Jets elect to keep Powell in more of a third-down role, maybe Rawls can develop some value as the direct backup to Crowell, although he could face competition from Elijah McGuire and rookie Trenton Cannon. But most likely Rawls will just be depth for the Jets going into the season. Rawls hasn't been the same running back since suffering a broken ankle in 2015 with Seattle. Maybe the change of scenery will help his outlook, but it's hard to see him getting many touches if Crowell and Powell remain healthy for the majority of the year. Rawls is only worth drafting with a late-round pick in deeper leagues.
Rawls rushed eight times for 12 yards and caught two of three targets for 10 more in Thursday's 15-13 preseason loss to Washington. Rawls had been battling an undisclosed injury, so it was nice to finally see him on the field. The 25-year-old running back averaged just 2.7 yards per carry with Seattle last season, so he's going to have to show a bit more explosiveness if he wants to make the cut in New York. While that burst wasn't evident Thursday, Rawls will presumably have two more exhibitions to make his case.
Rawkls (undisclosed) could see a decent amount of snaps in Thursday's preseason game against Washington, NJ.com reports. Eric Allen of the Jets' official site relays that Rawls worked in team drills this week after not playing in the team's preseason opener. With Isaiah Crowell (concussion) and Elijah McGuire (foot) out, Rawls and George Atkinson could see their share of snaps Thursday night, especially if the team decides to cap the workload of holdover Bilal Powell.
Rawls (undisclosed) did not practice Tuesday and will not play in the Jets' preseason opener Friday against the Falcons, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports. Rawls entered training camp expected to be on the bubble for a 53-man roster spot and has already added another issue to the laundry list that is his injury history. He last produced in a significant capacity during his 2015 rookie campaign and sits in a precarious position as training camp continues on. Rawls will likely need to return sooner rather than later if he has any hopes of breaking camp with the team.
Rawls will enter training camp on the roster bubble, NJ.com's Daryl Slater reports. Now three years removed from his only productive season, Rawls settled for a one-year contract without any guaranteed money. He managed just 3.0 yards per carry on 167 attempts the past two years in Seattle, looking nothing like the player who rumbled for 830 yards on only 147 carries (5.6 YPC) as an undrafted rookie in 2015. Rawls likely will enter training camp fourth or fifth on the depth chart, with no assurance of making the team even if the Jets decide to carry four running backs. Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell figure to get most of the first-team work, with Rawls, Elijah McGuire and rookie sixth-round pick Trenton Cannon splitting snaps with the backup units.
Rawls signed with the Jets on Friday. Rawls burst onto the scene as an undrafted rookie in 2015, taking 147 carries for 830 yards (5.6 average) and four touchdowns in 13 games for the Seahawks. He suffered a major ankle injury late in the year and hasn't looked the same ever since, managing just 506 yards and three scores on 167 carries (3.0 YPC) the past two seasons. Rawls likely will need to compete for a roster spot behind Isaiah Crowell and BIlal Powell in New York.
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|16||12/23||Green Bay Packers||16||17.38|
|17||12/30||@New England Patriots||17||17.47|
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