Dalvin Cook, the New York Jets’ starting running back, has had a rough start to the season. The Jets “absolutely need more production from” Cook, according to Connor Hughes of SNY, “if they want to turn their season around.”
Yes, that’s Dalvin Cook. “I didn’t think the Jets were going to get vintage Dalvin Cook when they signed him, and he has just looked slow, like he lacks explosiveness, like there’s no burst,” Hughes said on “Jets Class.”
“Average of 2.3 yards per carry. The Jets are seeing a lot of loaded boxes, so that could be a factor, but they still need more production from Dalvin Cook.On X on Twitter, “Badlands” Jets analyst Joe Caporoso tweeted that he would “start playing Izzy [Israel Abanikanda] as RB2 ASAP.”With that move, Cook would have to take a seat on the bench.
The Dalvin Cook-Jets Strategy Has Failed
The 28-year-old was given a one-year contract worth $7 million by the Jets, with total guarantees of $5.8 million (Spottrac).With young talent like Breece Hall already on the roster, this move was seen as unnecessary.
However, he suffered an ACL tear in October of the 2022 season and has been out of action since then.In theory, with Cook on the team, the Jets could ease Hall back into action until he was fully recovered.
The former Florida State player has carried the ball 25 times for a total of 58 rushing yards through three games. Seven of his catches have gone for a total of 42 yards.Cook is on track for his worst rushing season ever with 328 yards this year.
The Dalvin Cook Performance
In terms of careers, Dalvin has been nominated for the Pro Bowl four years in a row before 2023 thanks to his streak of four consecutive seasons with at least 1,100 running yards.
Nonetheless, he hasn’t been the first Jets running back to have a rough season.The Gang Green rushing offense is presently ranked 22nd in the league. It’s even worse than that, which is saying something. The season opener versus the Buffalo Bills distorted those stats. In that game, the Jets gained 172 yards on the ground.
There is a bias in even those data. Hall made 26 yards on his first try from scrimmage. Hall had a huge gain of 83 yards on his second try at a run. In other words, in his first two carries, Hall accounted for 109 of the team’s 172 total rushing yards.
The Jets’ ground game has struggled in their last two contests. In Week 2, against the Dallas Cowboys, Gang Green gained just 64 yards on the ground. Even worse was their performance in Week 3 against the New England Patriots, when they managed just 38 yards rushing.
Too early to panic or bench Jets players
These figures are terrible in every way possible. The Jets’ offensive struggles and 1-2 record are not surprising.But we’ve only played 3 of 17 games so far this season. There is no need to panic or pull starters at the moment.
Actually, there are seven million explanations why Cook should not be benched. You must continue playing regardless of the situation.
The Jets are running their offense with arguably the weakest quarterback in the NFL. Everyone can see it: the players, supporters, media, and, most crucially, the other team.
For this reason, they are putting a lot of men in the box to discourage the Jets’ running game and challenging Zach Wilson to defeat them.
He has a.333 batting average in that department so far, with his lone victory coming in the season opener against the Bills. The Jets’ ground game is on the verge of a renaissance.
The longer it takes until Hall’s operation, the stronger he will get, and things really can’t get any worse.
This week, Jets senior reporter Eric Allen overheard head coach Robert Saleh imply that Hall is no longer on a pitch count following his injury. Hall’s full recovery is a nightmare for the defense.
The other running backs and the offense as a whole will benefit from the newfound space. So far, the outcomes haven’t been very promising, but persistence pays off.