April 20, 2021

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Jets’ running back solution isn’t what you think

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Jets' running back solution isn't what you think

Adam Gase has to make an adjustment to how he is calling run plays. He has to start getting certain players more touches.

I’m not talking about Le’Veon Bell, whose lack of touches in Cincinnati has become a hot issue this week. I think Gase needs to get Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery more involved in the offense.

Way back in training camp, it looked like the Jets were going to have a three-headed monster in the backfield. Instead, it has been a whole lot of Bell, which has not worked, and not much of anyone else.

Bell has gotten 250 touches this season. Montgomery has gotten 31. Powell has gotten 29.

Guess what? It has not worked.

I am not suggesting abandoning Bell completely. I still think Bell can be effective. But Gase can’t put his head in the sand. Bell has struggled this year. It may be because he lost a step. It may be because the offensive line is terrible. It may be he does not fit Gase’s offense. It may be a combo platter.

It is time to mix things up and get a more even distribution of plays among the three backs. Incredibly, Montgomery has played just 102 out 770 offensive snaps this season — 13 percent. Powell has played 91 snaps — 12 percent. They have played fewer snaps than Kelechi Osemele, who has not played for the Jets since Week 3.

Their usage makes no sense to me. When they do get the ball, they usually make things happen. Powell shows great speed hitting the hole. Montgomery had one carry Sunday for 7 yards and then did not get the ball again.

It is time for Gase to adjust the way he calls the running game. You can demand more Bell. To me, the answer is more Powell and Montgomery.

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