Suddenly, it's a committee. The New York Jets may have lost veteran Matt Forte to retirement, but that doesn't mean the squad is light at the position.
On Friday afternoon, they added one more running back to the equation. Per Ethan Greenberg of the team's official website, the Jets have agreed to terms on former Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls.
We've signed RB @TRawls810!
DETAILS → https://t.co/fAmn8KfA6l pic.twitter.com/jOYXXmMXkK
— New York Jets (@nyjets) March 30, 2018
The presence of Rawls's adds another to the stable of backs in the Jets backfield. He joins veteran Bilal Powell, youngster Elijah McGuire and the newly-signed Isaiah Crowell. It's a crowded area to currently be a part of yet bursting with plenty of big boy opportunity (as there is no clear-cut workhorse).
Rawls, 24, is an undrafted free agent by way of Flint, Michigan and collegiately at Central Michigan. His small-school stature led to an under-the-radar name heading into the professional ranks, yet he paid big dividends for Seattle during his rookie campaign when he rushed for 830 yards and four scores in 13 total games (seven games started). He fully took advantage of a starting role after Marshawn Lynch went down via injury.
A three-year veteran, the Seahawks have been his only NFL home. Twenty-seventeen was, by far, his worst in the NFL, compiling just 157 yards to go with zero scores on the ground. His yards per carry of 2.7 finished as putrid.
At 5-foot-9 and 215 pounds, Rawls is a compact back similar to a Ray Rice. He's not blazing fast yet can pack a punch for his diminutive size. In 2016, he missed significant time with a fractured fibula.
Thomas Rawls is now the newest member of the New York Jets. Contract terms have yet to be disclosed.