Numbers on Mekhi Becton, George Fant, Connor McGovern, Ty Johnson, Josh Adams, Sam Darnold, and more from the Jets’ 2020 finale.
Josh Adams and Ty Johnson continue to look solid
With Frank Gore and La’Mical Perine out of action, the duo of Josh Adams and Ty Johnson carried the load against New England, and they continued to outperform the Gore/Perine pairing.
Against New England, Adams carried the ball 11 times for 47 yards (4.3 average), two first downs, and a touchdown (27.3% conversion rate), while Johnson also carried the ball 11 times and gained 45 yards (4.1 average) in addition to three first downs (27.3% rate).
Here is how Adams and Johnson compared to Gore and Perine on the season:
- Adams: 5.4 yards per carry (157 yards on 29 carries), 34.5% conversion rate (10 first downs + touchdowns), 84.9 Pro Football Focus rushing grade (2020 RB average: 73.6)
- Johnson: 4.7 yards per carry (254 yards on 54 carries), 20.4% conversion rate (11 first downs + touchdowns), 70.0 PFF rushing grade
- Perine: 3.6 yards per carry (232 yards on 64 carries), 28.1% conversion rate (18 first downs + touchdowns), 58.4 PFF rushing grade
- Gore: 3.5 yards per carry (653 yards on 187 carries), 17.1% conversion rate (32 first downs + touchdowns), 60.2 PFF rushing grade
Adams and Johnson significantly outperformed Gore and Perine in terms of yards per carry (2020 NFL average at RB: 4.4). Perine outdid Johnson in terms of conversion rate, but the main reason is that the Jets gave Perine a much higher rate of short-yardage carries. Perine faced three yards to go or less on 28.1% of his carries versus Johnson’s 18.5%. Naturally, getting more carries in higher-percentage situations pushes up his overall conversion rate. (2020 NFL average conversion rate at RB: 23.7%.)
Running back is a position of weakness that the Jets will likely add to at some point in the coming months, but with so many huge needs at more important positions, it will probably be put on the backburner. This could leave Adams and Johnson as enticing bang-for-the-buck options to compete against Perine for snaps in the backfield. Johnson is under contract ($850K cap hit via Spotrac), but Adams is a restricted free agent.