ESPN’s Rich Cimini has tabbed Morris as the leading candidate among this year’s crop of free agent running backs to replace Chris Ivory, primarily because he plays with a similar north-south running style.
Morris, 27, had a bit of a down year in 2015 as he took a backseat to rookie Matt Jones and second-year running back Chris Thompson, rushing for just 751 yards and one touchdown on 202 carries (3.7 ypc), but remains an attractive option for the Jets.
Prior to last season, Morris rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons in the league, and has a career average of 4.4 yards per carry. He’s not a great receiver, but he’s durable–has not missed a game in four seasons–and has at least three or four good years of football ahead of him.
If paired with a speedy running back like Powell or whomever the Jets draft to replace Powell, Morris would be a great fit in Chan Gailey’s balanced offensive attack.