Michael Carter, the Jets' second-year running back, is one of the team's young leaders who is aware of the difficulties his less-experienced teammates face.

Last week's season-opening loss to Baltimore was a baptism of fire for this group of rookies.

Carter's backfield running mate Breece Hall, wide receiver Garrett Wilson, and tackle Max Mitchell are among those on offence.

Carter also had a good game in Week 1 overall, averaging 6 yards per carry, the second-best mark of his career (minimum 10 carries).

Carter accounted for 60 of the team's 83 yards (50+ in the first half), while Hall had the rest and accounted for 100 scrimmage yards for the fourth time in his career.

These numbers, however, do not include Carter's late drop of a Joe Flacco fourth-down pass in the end zone, which ended a 16-play drive with less than four minutes remaining.

Earlier in the fourth quarter, Hall, who prides himself on ball protection (he fumbled three times in 800 touches in college), was caught off guard and had the ball punched out by Baltimore's defence.

Each of the Jets' six 2022 draft picks (Wilson, Hall, and Mitchell on offence, and top pick Sauce Gardner, Jermaine Johnson, and Micheal Clemons on defence) saw significant action in their NFL debuts.

They each showed promising signs, and they worked well with second-year players like Carter, Michael Carter II, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Elijah Moore.

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