New Jets running back Isaiah Crowell looks to make an immediate impact in New York's backfield after spending four seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
Crowell, who recorded 853 rushing yards and 182 receiving yards last season for the Browns, joined a Jets backfield that also includes Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire and the newly-acquired Thomas Rawls.
"I want to be a big-time player here," Crowell said, according to the New York Post's Brian Costello. "I want to prove it to my coaches and my teammates that I've got what it takes to be an every-down back and help my team win games."
In 2016, Crowell totaled 952 rushing yards and 319 receiving yards. In his four-year career, the undrafted Crowell has totaled 3,118 rushing yards, 770 receiving yards and 22 all-purpose touchdowns.
"We liked his toughness," head coach Todd Bowles said of Crowell, adding he could impact the Jets' passing game similarly to Matt Forte, who retired at the end of last season. "We liked the way he can slash through and cut. He is a tough runner. We think he is a pound-it back as well as having some versatile, lateral movement that can play out on the edge a little bit, and we thought he would be a great younger-leg type of Forte utility guy coming in."
Crowell said he was a fan of the system Bowles and new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates are running, and is hoping he can help the Jets rebound from a 5-11 season. After all, Crowell and the Browns have gone 1-31 in the past two years, which has put a chip on Crowell's shoulder.
"Nobody likes to lose," Crowell said. "I'm a sore loser. I do whatever I can to win. It wasn't a good feeling."