Who should be the Jaguars backup running back, T.J. Yeldon or Chris Ivory?

The Jaguars are showing signs of a great running game in 2017, but who will be the backup to Leonard Fournette?

September 25, 2016; Jacksonville, FL; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) hands the ball off to T.J. Yeldon. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles- USA Today Sports

With Leonard Fournette as the projected starting running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars, T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory, the two main backs from last season may see themselves splitting reps with each other but who could get more carries as the backup? Yeldon and Ivory did not excel last season as the Jaguars running game wasn’t as productive as the team wanted it to be. Now the two could be competing for playing time this season.

Fournette will get most of the carries but we may see Yeldon and Ivory inside the redzone or on third downs. It’s also important to know who could take over if Fournette does get injured as well.


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In the first unofficial depth chart, it has Yeldon as the second back which isn’t a big shock. With Yeldon being younger and still having room to grow, he has more of a chance make a bigger impact than Ivory. I think Ivory can still produce, but not at a high level.

The backup running back position is a very important role to a team because the starter will need a break at certain times and coaches want to be comfortable with the backup keeping up the productivity. Yeldon hasn’t done poorly in since entering the league, but he may not be the starter as long as Fournette is in town.

I believe Yeldon should have the role as the second string back because he is still young and does well in the passing game. He also has similarities in size as Fournette does so defenses’ will need to bring down two big backs who have speed. Ivory can still contribute to this offense but Yeldon can provide more.

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