Leonard Fournette (Starter):
The rookie running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars had a sensational inaugural season. Fournette boosted the Jags from having one the leagues worse rushing attacks in 2016 to finishing first in 2017. Fournette finished the season with 1,040 yards rushing to go along with nine touchdowns on the ground. During the playoffs, he finished with 242 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Fournette had a monster performance in his young career against the Steelers, totaling 109 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Fournette is the definite starter coming into this season barring any preseason injury. This season Fournette should firmly establish himself as a top 3 running back in today’s NFL.
TJ Yeldon (2nd string):
Yeldon had an up and down 2017 with Jags due to increased running back depth. However, when Yeldon received his snaps he definitely showed the capabilities of being a complementary running back. During the season Yeldon finished with 253 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground. Yeldon also came up big in this year’s playoff games, having big games against the Steelers and Patriots. Out of all the current running backs on the roster, Yeldon possesses the best hands and also is the best 3rd down pass blocker. Yeldon’s role should increase a bit, especially if Nathaniel Hackett can scheme up creative plays up for him.
Corey Grant (3rd string):
Don’t be fooled by the title “3rd string”. Grant can easily take the 2nd spot on the depth chart depending on who has the better camp. Grant is arguably the fastest running back on the roster, and is used on special teams as well. Grants numbers aren’t eye popping but his top end speed is. As stated previously Grant was used on special teams as a kick returner and also in fake punt situations. Grant will definitely be kept past during the preseason and his role should absolutely be lifted during the regular season.
Tommy Bohanon (Fullback):
Just a quick reference for Bohanon, he will be kept as the team’s starting fullback. Bohanon was brought in to build some grit for the rushing attack as his blocking opened up holes for the bruising backs to follow. The Jags are one of few teams that still use the fullback system, so having him is key. Don’t expect Bohanon’s role to expand. However, he’s a very important piece to the Jags offense.
Brandon Wilds (Practice Squad/Cut):
It will be a tough road for Wilds to make the roster due to the depth at running back. The Jags rarely keep four running backs on their regular season roster, so practice squad would be best for him if he has a big camp. If Wilds gets sent to the practice squad, he could always be brought back on the team if any suspensions or injuries occur. However, if his camp/preseason is underwhelming, he will be a camp casualty.