NY Jets release running back Ty Johnson with non-football injury

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By: Thomas Christopher

Ty Johnson was slated to be the New York Jets’ fourth running back before his release

A little over a month after signing a one-year contract, the New York Jets have released running back Ty Johnson with a non-football injury designation.

Johnson was a relevant member of the Jets’ backfield last year after starting running back Breece Hall tore his ACL in Week 7 against the Denver Broncos. He played in all 17 games for the Jets, finishing with 30 carries for 160 yards (5.3 yards per carry) and 12 receptions for 88 yards.

Those numbers aren’t eye-popping, but Johnson ran hard with every touch he received.

Johnson’s biggest contributions, however, were on special teams. Johnson played on 42 percent of the Jets’ special teams snaps. That versatility kept him relevant on the team throughout the season and was likely a key reason for his original re-signing this offseason.

Johnson was originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He signed with the Jets during the 2020 season, appearing in 11 games. During that time, he put up 254 rushing yards on 54 attempts, with 99 receiving yards on 16 receptions, and two total touchdowns.

The departure of Johnson likely opens the door for the Jets to add a running back in the draft. In a class that’s perceived to be full of depth, it’s a perfect opportunity for the Jets to find a cheaper and younger alternative.

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