In an unexpected roster move this Tuesday, the New York Jets announced the release of third-year running back Michael Carter. Head coach Robert Saleh explained the decision on Wednesday, emphasizing the desire to create more opportunities for rookie running back Israel Abanikanda.
Saleh acknowledged Carter’s contributions as a great teammate over the past few years and expressed gratitude for his efforts. The move was driven by the intention to allow Abanikanda a chance to shine on the field, as Saleh deemed it unfair for Carter to remain on the bench.
Saleh praised Abanikanda as a promising young back and highlighted the challenge of Carter being part of a running back room with three talented players. He expressed excitement for Carter’s potential to become a feature back elsewhere and emphasized that the decision was also influenced by the team’s depth at the position.
Saleh hinted at potential future personnel changes when asked about the possibility, confirming that adjustments were on the horizon. While he didn’t delve into specifics, Saleh previously ruled out changes in the quarterback position or play calling earlier in the week, focusing the potential alterations on the offensive side.
The Jets, currently facing a significant offensive struggle, have gone 36 consecutive drives without scoring a touchdown, marking the longest active drought in the NFL. Saleh acknowledged the team’s commitment to quarterback Zach Wilson despite a recent underwhelming loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. As the Jets aim to rejuvenate their offensive performance, Saleh hinted at ongoing evaluations and changes in personnel to address the team’s scoring challenges.