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|Crowell signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Jets after an uninspiring 2017 season with the Browns. The former Alabama State star rushed for a mere 853 yards on 206 carries, with only two touchdowns on 234 total touches.
Crowell burned fantasy owners last season who bought into the hype of the RB building off a 2016 season in which he nearly reached 1000 rushing yards while scoring seven touchdowns. One narrative for Crowell apologists is the argument that the Browns offensive line was terrible last season with the loss of first ballot hall of fame left tackle Joe Thomas. However, that argument holds little water as the Browns offensive line finished as the No.14 overall unit in run blocking according to FootballOutsiders.com.
As the first and second down running back for the Jets, Crowell will run behind an offensive line that ranked second to last according to ProFootballFocus in 2017. Also, the former Brown will share the backfield with second-year back Elijah McGuire and veteran Bilal Powell, both of whom are more skilled as pass catchers than Crowell.
Despite the negative factors working against Crowell, the amount of volume he will likely garner at the start of the season makes him an attractive draft pick as a flex, or very low-end No. 2 running back. There is always touchdown upside for a bruising RB who will likely get goal line work.
| Jets rule out Crowell and Enunwa|
McGuire and Cannon expected to handle RB duties
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Dec 13, 1:05 pm
|Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold will be without his leading rusher and receiver Saturday against the Houston Texans, as the New York Jets have ruled out running back Isaiah Crowell (toe) and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (ankle). (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Crowell will sit with a toe injury that's been bothering him for weeks which will allow Elijah McGuire (ankle) and Trenton Cannon as the main running backs against the Texans. Enunwa injured his ankle last week and his absence will leave Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse as the top wideouts. McGuire has some flex appeal along with Anderson working as a deep ball threat.
| Elijah McGuire expected to be activated tomorrow|
Trending towards playing
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 2, 11:50 am
|RB Eli McGuire likely to be activated tomorrow from IR. He’s “trending toward playing,” per Todd Bowles. In Bowles-speak, that means he’s playing. (Rich Cimini on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: McGuire will fill the void of Bilal Powell is on injured reserve with a neck injury. It's unclear how much workload he will receive but he's likely to share time with Isaiah Crowell. Trenton Cannon may get some spot duty on third downs.