Jets sign Thomas Rawls

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After a promising start in Seattle went south, Thomas Rawls will try to reinvigorate his career by heading east.

Rawls signed with the Jets today, the team announced.

The 24-year-old Rawls signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie in 2015 and had an outstanding first season, rushing for 830 yards on 147 carries and out-performing Marshawn Lynch in the Seahawks’ offense. But Rawls was injured and ineffective for most of the next two years, and the Seahawks decided not to tender him in free agency this year.

Now Rawls joins a Jets backfield that also includes Isaiah Crowell, Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire. He’s not a lock to make the 53-man roster, but if he could regain his rookie form he’d be a big boost to the Jets’ offense.

15 responses to “Jets sign Thomas Rawls

  1. Bummer, sad to see him go, seemed like a good kid. Too bad he couldn’t regain the form from his rookie season, but after seeing what Alex Collins did after leaving Seattle, not sure how much of that was Rawls’ fault vs how much was the pathetic o-line coaching/play coupled with the unimaginative play calling. I’ll be rooting for him to be successful in NY.

  2. Jets off season rosters add on is looking good so far. As Todd Bowles said, every positions is battling, and winners get the job. So the Jets is redoing whole rosters, pushing young guys to step up their games, and giving them a chance to stand on the platform. I’m rooting the underrated players to shine their career.

    Now Jets bringing in good RBs, so we’ll see who we gonna keep and cut after the preseason. No way Jets gonna keep all 4 RBs, and maybe 1 more in draft.

  3. Might be a good pick up for the Jets. Baltimore liked Alex Collins. Spencer Ware looked good as a Chief. My one thing I didn’t like with Rawls (that I noticed this year after the injury) was he seemed to run into tacklers. Not sure if it was just bad vision or he lost a step and was trying to make up for it by running faster and missing holes.

    Good luck to him. He never was a distraction like some of the other clowns we got rid of.

  4. The guy needs the right runningback whisperer to pull his potential out. I knew he was done in Seattle on a play where he just needed another yard on a 3rd and 2 with the angle and he stiff armed Josh Norman………Norman grabbed his arm and yanked him to the ground with enough force to possibly concuss him and he was a half yard short of picking up the 1st down. I gave up on him after that.

  5. Best of luck to a great guy. He will make the roster and given a chance will do great this year. He has a full tank, for sure.

  6. He was stealing purses away from senior citizens at casinos as a young adult. Since then he seems to be on the right path and I think he just needs the right RB coach to help him reach his full development. I’m rooting for this guy.

  7. Not sure what you’re getting Jets fans. He was spectacular, and I do mean spectacular, in 2015 before he tore his ankle up on that garbage high school field in Baltimore. After that he seemed to get hurt every 5th carry, and lost the explosiveness that made him so impressive as a rookie. Last year he was just lost behind Cable’s OL.

    If he can get his quickness back and your guys can block a little bit, you might have something, but I wouldn’t count on it.

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