RB - New York Jets
Israel Abanikanda rushed for six yards on three carries in the Jets’ 17-3 win over the Patriots.
Abanikanda served as the primary backup to Breece Hall after the team let veteran Dalvin Cook go. The 21-year-old rookie could carve out a role as the backup running back in 2024 if the Jets do not sign another veteran.
Israel Abanikanda carried the ball twice for three yards and caught four of his seven targets for 27 yards in a 37-20 loss to the Browns in Week 17.
Abanikanda also lost a fumble on a kickoff return in the first quarter. On the bright side, his seven targets tied for third-most on the team. Abanikanda will now prepare to face off against the Patriots in Week 18.
Israel Abanikanda rushed for eight yards on four carries in the Jets’ 30-0 loss to Miami. He also caught 2-of-2 targets for 11 yards through the air.
Although the performance from Abanikanda was lackluster, it is worth noting that he did see more touches than veteran Dalvin Cook. With the Jets now officially eliminated from the playoffs, this could continue as the team looks to see what it has for the future. Fantasy managers should still leave the rookie running back out of their lineup.
Jets RB Israel Abanikanda did not participate in practice Wednesday.
Abanikanda is dealing with an illness and will have two more practice sessions to log practice time ahead of Sunday’s matchup with Atlanta. The 21-year-old rookie made his NFL debut recently, but played just 18% of the snaps against Buffalo in Week 11.
Israel Abanikanda will get an opportunity to contribute for the Jets' offense after the team released Michael Carter earlier this week.
Abanikanda was selected by the Jets in the fifth round of this year's NFL Draft. The Pittsburgh product has yet to make his NFL debut, but that seems like it will change soon. Veteran RB Dalvin Cook has yet to do much at all with his limited usage behind starter Breece Hall, so time will tell how much run Abanikanda will get out of the backfield.