Jets RB Lamical Perine (ankle) is questionable for this weekend’s game against the 49ers after putting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. The rookie’s status has taken on more importance with RB Le’Veon Bell (hamstring) on IR. Perine is worth monitoring, but this is a backfield to avoid in Week 2.
Jets RB La’Mical Perine is getting an MRI after spraining an ankle in the team’s scrimmage Sunday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport. He team reportedly believes it’s minor, but we’ll see about the test results.
Jets HC Adam Gase tells ESPN that he would like to "lessen the load" a bit on RB Le'Veon Bell in 2020. "Hopefully, we can get some of the younger backs to where we can make a good one-two punch to where we can really excel instead of feeling like it's just all on him all the time," Gase said. Bell ranked 8th in the league in touches in his 1st season with the Jets (despite missing a game). He handled 69.8% of the team's rushing attempts and 16.1% of the targets in his 15 contests. So there's room for Bell to shed some opportunities and still rank well in those categories. Gase said in the same interview that he hopes more downfield speed in the pass-catching corps will help create space for Bell, who faced the league's 7th-highest rate of stacked boxes on run plays last year (according to NFL Next Gen Stats). With just Kenneth Dixon, 4th-rounder La'Micael Perine and former Eagle Josh Adams currently behind him on the depth chart, we're not worried about anyone stealing a damaging amount of work from the Jets starter.
The Jets added Florida RB La'Mical Perine in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Nothing stands out with Perine’s rushing numbers over his 4 years with the Gators. He never topped 136 carries or 826 yards in a season and averaged 5.0 yards per carry for his career. But he did haul in 72 balls, including 40 this past season. Perine also has good size at 5’11, 216 pounds and earned a solid 51st percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. He’ll battle for snaps behind Le’Veon Bell this season. Bell is signed through 2022, although the Jets can get out of his deal with $4 million in dead cap after this year.