Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets
McGuire didn’t do a lot as a rookie last year, with 88 catches for 315 yards along with 17 receptions for 177 yards and two total touchdowns. But he showed enough to gain some buzz as a candidate to supplant Bilal Powell as the Jets’ third-down back before a broken foot put him on IR to start the season.
McGuire returned to practice as soon as he was eligible to after Week 6, and by all indications he’ll be able to play when first able against the Miami Dolphins in Week 9. Powell is now done for the season with a neck injury, so there’s some space in the Jets’ backfield. Trenton Cannon has been solid as a pass catcher, with seven catches over the last two games, but McGuire could still push into a solid role upon his return. Isaiah Crowell been bothered by ankle and foot issues in recent weeks, and when the Jets aren’t playing with a lead he’s frequently rendered irrelevant.
Adding him is pretty speculative right now, but there’s just not a lot standing between McGuire and a primary role in the Jets’ offense. As a running back with a pulse, and fresh legs in the middle of the season, that puts him on the radar in leagues with 12 or more teams.
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