The New York Jets released third-year running back Michael Carter, announcing the news on Tuesday. The move comes after Carter played only eight snaps in a 16-12 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.
Carter has been sparsely used this season but failed to produce even when given the opportunity. The 2021 fourth-round pick only has 38 rushing yards in nine games he played this season.
The Jets probably felt they needed to do something to shake up their offense, which has been underperforming for the better part of the season. By moving on from Carter, the New York team can give opportunities to other players, including rookie Israel Abanikanda, and hope they can create some kind of spark.
“We’re looking at some things, some different personnel changes, which I’m going to keep here with me, but we’re looking across the board to see if we can find a way to generate some offense,” Saleh told reporters after the Las Vegas game.
Michael Carter was the Jets’ leading rusher in his rookie campaign, finishing the 2021 season with 639 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. He also proved valuable as a receiver, catching 36 passes for 325 yards. However, he struggled to be an impactful player since and will now have to try and get his career back on track with another team.