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Fantasy camp battles: RB Tevin Coleman vs. Michael Carter

The New York Jets have two good running backs on the depth chart. Who will win the camp battle between veteran Tevin Coleman and rookie Michael Carter?

Michael Carter #32 of the New York Jets works out during a morning practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on July 29, 2021 in Florham Park, New Jersey. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

After a tumultuous few seasons under then head coach Adam Gase, the New York Jets will have a new head coach on the sidelines in Robert Saleh. Saleh will look bring over what he learned from San Francisco 49ers as their defensive coordinator and get the Jets back into the postseason.

Selah enters Year 1 as a head coach with a developing offense and a lot of position battles, specifically at running back. The Jets’ running back room features Tevin Coleman, Michael Carter, La’Mical Perine, Ty Johnson, Josh Adams, and Austin Walter. Out of the six running backs, Coleman and Carter will be competing for the starting role.

Latest camp news

Week 2 preseason recap: The Jets’ backfield is turning into a mess for fantasy owners. It looks like New York is going to utilize all four running backs (Tevin Coleman, Michael Carter, Ty Johnson and La’Mical Perine), leading to a crowded backfield. Coleman and Carter are favored to be the lead backs, with the latter getting 10 carries in Week 2. The other three running backs combined for 16 carries.

Week 1 preseason recap: In the Jets’ 12-7 win over the Giants on Saturday, Carter split duties with Johnson and Perine, garnering seven carries for 22 yards on the night. Coleman missed the game due to personal reasons, but returned to practice on Monday.

8/12/21: The Jets released their unofficial depth chart a couple of days ago and have Coleman listed as their starting running back, while Carter is placed on the fourth team. A couple of weeks ago, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reported that Carter got some reps with the first-team offense to start training camp.

There should not be a ton of worry with the rookie running back starting on the fourth team since its only Week 1 of the preseason. Carter is a dynamic running back that can provide production both on the ground and in the receiving games. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a running back by committee situation between Coleman and Carter this season.

Next preseason game: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

The Jets are undefeated in the preseason after a 23-14 victory over the Packers and hope to complete the three-week schedule undefeated when they meet the Eagles. Zach Wilson is looking like a great pick at quarterback, but there’s no clear starter in the run game yet. New York will likely continue to divide up the carries fairly equally.

Fantasy football verdict

Week 2 preseason: The fantasy prospects for both running backs aren’t that high heading into the season with the Jets potentially relying on a committee to aid rookie quarterback Zach Wilson with the offense. Carter appears to be the running back most likely to emerge as the starter, but this is a committee regardless of who handles most of the carries.