The Jaguars did not have a rushing attack in the 2016 season. They struggled to move the ball on the ground, averaging 101.9 rushing yards per game. This figure ranked just below the middle of the pack at 22nd in the NFL. The offense struggled to move the ball and the rushing attack is the one to blame. Despite this, the Jaguars do not need to make a change at running back.
Some fans may want to bring in another running back to replace TJ Yeldon. Fans may also want to see the Jaguars move on from Chris Ivory after his disappointing season. The Jaguars should not move on from these backs as injuries were to blame for their unproductive season. Yeldon played in 15 out of the 16 games, but he had very few carries in the games he played. Ivory also battled through injuries last season and only played in 11 games.
Both running backs did see some success when they played and they may see more success once the offensive scheme is changed. Gus Bradley’s and Greg Olson’s offense did not suit these backs. There were too many runs up the middle and the playcalling was too predictable. Ivory is a great power back and Yeldon is a great elusive running back. Both styles would work well in the offense.
If you look at the Patriots, they have a power back with LeGarrette Blount and elusive backs in Dion Lewis and James White. They can keep teams guessing on what they will do. They can run it right at you or drop back and allow these backs to kill you through the run after catch. Corey Grant has another year under his belt now and maybe he could develop into a solid third running back.
Ivory and Yeldon should have high expectations placed on them, Grant went undrafted so if he develops into a valuable asset it will be a success. Both of these men are capable of being great. Their numbers should rise with a new coach and a new system in place. A stronger and consistent offensive line would certainly help them. Hopefully the Jaguars can bring in some new talent through the draft and free agency on that line. Next year’s success does come down to both Yeldon and Ivory being healthy.
They were not reliable last season because they seemed to not be active. If both men can stay healthy they should succeed. They should both play a huge part in next year’s offense.