They always say you can never have enough spare tires for your automobile since you never know what can happen. Such is the case when it comes to running backs when an offense is focused on running the football the majority of the time and utilizing a ground-and-pound style of attack. One can never have enough options since the wear and tear of running the football that much certainly wears down the athletes who endure anything thrown their way to plow through defenders.
The New York Jets have acquired running back Daryl Richardson via waivers from the St. Louis Rams and have added yet another veteran presence to the backfield. At the current moment, the Jets are gearing up for the running attack by acquiring as much top talent they can find. They already have Chris Johnson who will spearhead the rushing attack in addition to players like Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.
Richardson will compete to try and get a spot as the fourth member of the rushing attack to contribute when called upon. In order to run the football as much as the Jets plan to, they must make sure they have plenty of running backs available to keep everyone healthy and rested in between plays.
Since the Jets didn’t select a running back in the 2014 NFL Draft, this pickup is a very good move as Richardson had a ton of promise when he entered the NFL back in 2012. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry in his rookie season as a running workhorse but has been declining since due to injury.
As long as he’s healthy, he could be a great addition to the team since he brings a good amount of experience and has done well against AFC East teams in the past. Keep in mind he had a turf toe injury that sidelined him for the final eight games of the season last year, so hopefully this time around he’ll be able to avoid that issue.
With Richardson now in town, it’s almost a guarantee that Mike Goodson is all but gone from the Jets, considering his off-the-field issues. The Jets also released Alex Green, so it looks like they will have nothing but veterans at the position to utilize experience and toughness when running up and down the field.
It sure looks like the Jets plan to make quite the splash this season by being one of the very few teams that are actually going to run the football more than they depend on passing it. Many still believe that if you want to win a football game, time of possession and running the football will almost always guarantee victory. Hopefully that is the case for the Jets this upcoming season.