It’s no secret that the New York Jets struggled to put points on the board in 2013. With Shonn Greene hitting the NFL free agent market this offseason, the Jets are going to have a hole at the running back and need someone who can make a difference.
Michael Turner was released by the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, which marks an end to a five year span with the team where Turner had three seasons of 1,000 or more yards–not to mention that he missed just five games in this five-year tenure, but he didn’t have a single season with fewer than 10 rushing touchdowns.
The Jets are going to have to find an answer in the backfield with Greene hitting the free agency market and he is said to draw interest from the Denver Broncos and the Falcons. Replacing a 1,000 yard rusher is never an easy task and the Jets definitely don’t have the players on their current roster to bridge the gap. Bilal Powell was the Jets’ second leading rusher last season with 437 yards on the ground, which equals 4.0 yards per carry.
Turner is a perfect stop-gap back for the Jets as he is a perfect red-zone guy for a team that, quite frankly, is dreadful on the offensive side of the football. This addition would give the team leadership and a veteran presence that they need to contend with the New England Patriots. Time will tell what the Jets decide to do at running back, but if they enter the year with Powell (a 2010 first-round draft pick) as the starter, it won’t be pretty.