It’s always good to have a backup plan just in case for insurance purposes. Such is the case with the New York Jets and their current situation at running back. The Jets plan to unleash one of the most potent rushing attacks this upcoming season featuring a committee of running backs who all bring interesting dimensions on offense. Running back Daryl Richardson seems to be on the roster bubble more than any of them as to if he will make the final cut on the team. If the Jets are smart, they should absolutely keep him in the mix.
Led by Chris Johnson, the Jets will stick to a ground-and-pound offense and do their very best to ensure they have a healthy carousel in keeping everyone fresh all season long. With other players in this rotation like Chris Ivory, Bilal Powel, Tommy Bohanon and of course Richardson, many believe the Jets should just stick to four at the position. That would actually be a big mistake in the grand scheme of things if one really thinks about it.
Injuries can be frustrating, and unfortunately the majority of the aforementioned athletes all have a history of dealing with them. It wouldn’t be wise to have too much belief that everyone in this rotation will always be completely healthy, because in professional football you never really know what could happen. If any of them go down to injury, Richardson will prove to be a valuable asset to the team since he’s been showing signs that he is capable of contributing nicely on offense.
While some believe the Jets shouldn’t waste a valuable roster spot for a fifth running back, they need to open their minds to reality. The Jets plan to run the football about 70 percent of the time on offense which will bring a ton of wear and tear on the running backs. It would be ideal to keep everyone fresh and put them in a position to succeed by giving them breathers when needed.
You can’t put a price on someone like Richardson who knows the offense well and can execute. It’s better to keep someone who already knows it now rather than sign someone during the season who will need time to absorb all the different plays and techniques.
In the end, since most teams will be passing the football, it’s refreshing to see old school fundamentals are still finding a way to stay relevant. With a whole lot of running expected to come on a daily basis, the Jets should do the right thing and keep at least five running backs on the roster. Not only will it help them to keep running the football consistently, but you never know; perhaps Richardson will emerge as another superstar who gets the job done consistently on the ground.