Combine recent knee and shoulder injuries with a 28-year-old birthday, and suddenly an NFL running back is considered geriatric.
And yet, Tevin Coleman is still a decade younger than Frank Gore, the Jets’ leading rusher last season. And he’s a lot cheaper than Le’Veon Bell, who flopped during his time with the Jets. So what does Coleman have left?
“I feel like I have a lot left in my tank to prove myself,” Coleman said. “I’m a fast guy, I’m a strong guy, I’m big.”
Coleman is a veteran of a buyback committee that includes rookie Michael Carter, Ty Johnson, La’Mical Perine and Austin Walter, who are all 24 years or under. He has never had a 1,000-yard rushing season, but his 4,161 yards from scrimmage and 36 touchdowns in 78 game towers over the combined production of the other four.
“Every time they put me on the field, I have to hit the ball,” Coleman said. “I have to do my job, go out there and make games.”
Coleman was limited to eight games with the 49ers last season, but declared himself “back to 100 percent.” He is one of the few players who followed Jets coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur of the 49ers, which has created a smooth transition.
“He’s pure gas,” Saleh said. “When he gets the ball in his hand and he cuts one cut, it is as if he shot out of a cannon. He has a huge mindset when the ball is in his hand in terms of breaking tackles, falling forward and creating positive yardage. And his leadership, his behavior on the spot, his practice habits, he represents what we desire. ”
WR Jamison Crowder and franchise-branded security Marcus Maye will stay away from volunteer OTAs as contract negotiations continue. Mandatory minicamp is next time. Players are subject to a $ 93,000 fine for skipping all three days under league rules.
Saleh said he expects everyone to attend. He has exchanged text messages with Maye, but “nothing of substance.”
Rookie QB Zach Wilson was 7 out of 11 who passed in team periods (safety JT Hassell had an interception from a deflection) and 10 out of 13 (including 3 out of 5 in the red zone) during seven against seven drills. His favorite targets were Braxton Berrios (six receptions) and rookie Elijah Moore, both of whom benefit from Crowder’s absence from the castle.
Moore and Carter are in the facility at. 06:30 every day, according to special team coordinator Brant Boyer.
“It’s a really good sign for young kids getting it so early, how to be professional and how to prepare and take care of their bodies,” Boyer said. “Because it’s not always like that. A lot of people need to be pastured, and these kids are self-starters. ”
Today’s game was CB Justin Hardee’s diving of a James Morgan pass on the finish line. Boyer was “ecstatic” about signing Hardee, who could provide stability after the Jets used 13 different shooters on point teams last season.
WR Corey Davis and OT Mekhi Becton trained out to the side, while safety Ashtyn Davis remains sidelined by the foot injury that landed him on IR last season. Saleh declared Davis will be ready for training camp.
Jets signed safety Sharrod Neasman. He played in 57 career games for the Falcons.