The New York Jets have another new running back addition. However, this one isn’t nearly as flashy as their offseason spending splurge. The team announced that they added running back Kenneth Dixon to the active roster.
We have signed RB Kenneth Dixon to the active roster. pic.twitter.com/MJmWHHgU97
— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 19, 2019
Dixon last played for the Baltimore Ravens in 2018. In his two-year career, he’s amassed 715 rushing yards and four scores without ever being given the opportunity to start.
This pickup by the Jets doesn’t seem like much. But there’s a good chance it’s a signal of things to come for the other running backs on the roster. Le’Veon Bell has been a high-priced disappointment, but New York still needs to protect him. With his team far out of playoff contention, head coach Adam Gase may opt to give Bell some early time off.
Even if the Jets are planning to sit Bell, this move still doesn’t quite add up. Bilal Powell has been a capable backup (and sometimes spot-starter) for years, and Ty Montgomery is another decent option acquired over the last offseason. New York also has second-year runner Josh Adams on the roster, someone who has a very similar skillset to Dixon.
Regardless of what they plan to do with their plethora of running backs, the Jets have a game to prepare for. The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming into town to try and are looking for a way to solidify a playoff spot with the Tennessee Titans breathing down their necks. New York has a chance to play spoiler, which finally gives Bell something to play for.