The Facts: The marriage of Crowell and the Jets looks like a good one. He will still have to share time with Bilal Powell and Eli McGuire, but Crowell will get the brunt of the work. The Jets get a durable running back who has not missed a game in his four-year career. That is something the team has lacked in their lead running back under HC Todd Bowles. Both Matt Forte and Chris Ivory battled injuries and missed time. “We liked his toughness,” Bowles said of Crowell.
Diehards Line: The coach continued: “We liked the way he can slash through and cut. He is a tough runner. We think he is a pound-it back as well as having some versatile, lateral movement that can play out on the edge a little bit, and we thought he would be a great younger-leg type of Forte utility guy coming in. Maybe not the receiver that Forte is to a certain degree, but from a running-the-ball standpoint. We thought he helped in the backfield from a toughness standpoint.” Crowell should like the system under OC Jeremy Bates. The team is trying to improve its run game from last year, when it finished 19th in the NFL and seemed to forget about the running game at critical times. The lack of a commitment to the run contributed to the firing of coordinator John Morton. Bowles replaced him with Bates and also brought in run-game coordinator Rick Dennison to improve the offensive-line play. Worth noting: Crowell is being drafted in the eighth round (based on current ADP). That's a value.