Lamical Perine will be a reserve running back for the Jets this season, and he has minimal Fantasy value in the majority of leagues. He's not worth drafting in most Fantasy formats. The Jets added rookie Michael Carter and free agent Tevin Coleman this offseason, and Ty Johnson and Josh Adams also remain on the roster. Unless Perine somehow gets the starting job, he will likely have a limited workload in his sophomore campaign. As a rookie in 2020, Perine averaged just 4.5 PPR points per game.
Perine (illness) could need to impress at OTAs in order to earn a role in the New York backfield, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports. Perine, who dealt with hamstring issues in 2020 and concluded his rookie year on the COVID-19 list, has been joined by fourth-round pick Michael Carter and veteran Tevin Coleman in the backfield. All three of those players could have a role on offense, but the extent of Perine's involvement could largely hinge on his performance in OTAs and training camp. If Perine struggles to impress new offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, it's conceivable that even Ty Johnson and/or Josh Adams could pass him on the depth chart.
Perine (illness) could be the odd man out in the Jets' running back rotation this season, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports. Perine lacks the speed and quick cutting ability coveted by new offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, and the 2020 fourth-rounder is coming off a poor rookie season in which he produced just 3.6 yards per carry. New York once again used a fourth-round pick on a running back in 2021 to grab Michael Carter out of UNC, and the team also signed Tevin Coleman, who played for LaFleur in San Francisco. In order to maintain a roster spot in the crowded Jets backfield, Perine will have to beat out one or two of the aforementioned new additions or fellow holdovers Ty Johnson and Josh Adams, who both flashed more upside than Perine in limited action last season.
Perine -- who spent Week 17 on the reserve/COVID-19 list -- finishes his rookie season with 232 yards and two touchdowns on 64 carries and 63 yards on 11 catches. The fourth-round pick out of Florida battled ankle injuries, which limited him to 10 appearances. Perine averaged just 3.6 yards per carry, but some of that ineffectiveness can be excused by New York's poor offensive line play and overall ineptitude on offense under since-fired head coach Adam Gase. With the team unlikely to bring back Gase favorite Frank Gore, Perine could find himself atop the running back depth chart next season, though the Jets will almost certainly bring in competition at the position via free agency or the draft.
The Jets announced Wednesday that Perine has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list following his positive test, Ethan B. Greenberg of the team's official site reports. According to Greenberg, the Jets are administering contact tracing for Perine to determine if any other players may have been affected. With the Jets already ruling out Frank Gore (lung contusion) for Sunday's season finale in New England and Perine now set to miss the contest, Ty Johnson and Josh Adams are the team's available backfield options, along with practice squad member Pete Guerriero.
Perine (ankle) rushed nine times for 30 yards and caught one of two targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 23-16 win over Cleveland. Perine came off IR for his first action since Week 11, and he finished with nine carries while Frank Gore got 13 and Ty Johnson received two. The distribution of carries was tilted further in Gore's favor until the veteran running back suffered a second-half chest injury, which paved the way for Perine to take over as the lead back with New York trying to run clock late. If Gore's unable to suit up in next week's season finale, Perine would likely get the majority of the carries against the Patriots with Johnson subbing in on passing downs.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||New England Patriots||22||18.88|
|7||10/24||@New England Patriots||22||18.88|
|14||12/12||New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|17||01/02||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||12.30|
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