Jets hold players-only meeting on off day; RB Michael Carter released in surprise move

The New York Jets players used their off day to hold a meeting among themselves to have a crucial conversation about the current state of the team. Following two consecutive losses, the Jets have dropped below the .500 mark. The team’s offense has struggled to score touchdowns in the past two games, contributing to New York’s last-place ranking in offensive touchdowns scored (8) in the NFL.

With a record of 4-5 and less than half the season remaining to right the ship, the players came together to address the need for better results. The AFC East division is not one of the strongest, with the Miami Dolphins narrowly leading at 6-3.

Star Jets receiver Garrett Wilson spoke out during his weekly interview on ESPN New York’s “Bart & Hahn Show,” sharing insights into the team’s approach to the issues on the field. “The guys talked, and we had the floor,” the wide receiver said. “It was just us. We got to make sure we’re all on the same page about where we’re at and how the hell we get out of this funk, man. That was really the message. When it comes from one of your teammates, it always hits different. It always resonates a little bit more.”

In light of the need for improvement, the Jets are at a critical juncture in their season. The players are determined not to look back with regret and wish they had done more. “We don’t want to finish the season and look back like we should’ve done this earlier … so let’s talk about it now,” Wilson stated. “Hopefully, it leads to results, but the reality of us doing that and doing the right thing as far as calling a players-only meeting and talking, it doesn’t guarantee anything. We still have to go out and do it, but we’re taking the right steps and we’re turning over every stone because it matters to us.”

The day following the players-only meeting, the Jets made a surprising move by releasing running back Michael Carter. The unexpected decision caught the players off guard, and they expressed their disappointment over Carter’s departure. Carter, a 2021 fourth-round draft pick, had been the Jets’ rushing leader in 2021. However, he was relegated to third-down duty this season due to the emergence of Breece Hall and the acquisition of Dalvin Cook. Tension had been brewing between Carter and the team, coming to a head during a game against the New England Patriots.

In their most recent game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Carter’s playing time was limited after incurring a penalty, ultimately leading to his release. These events have left the Jets and their fans reeling from the unexpected turn of events.


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