November 18, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Jalen Parmele (34) rushes in the second half against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Jalen Parmele Beats Out Rashad Jennings

Rashad Jennings cemented himself a spot on the bench with his zero yard performance on Sunday against the Texans.  Jennings has struggled in relief of Maurice Jones-Drew after a big offseason in which he was expected to seemlessly fill MJD’s shoes.

Parmele, a running back I thought was out-run by Keith Toston in the offseason, was kept around as depth and for his special teams play earlier in the season.  Against Houston he showed that he can run the ball well too.  He had 24 carries for 80 yards.  With MJD still out with his sprained foot, this move may allow offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski to add more run elements back into the Jaguars game plan.  The running game dropped off and became a liability without MJD in the backfield.

Jennings’ season is one that could really hurt him heading to the offseason.  He is averaging 2.9 yards per attempt on 77 attempts for 220 yards.  This is a vast departure from his 5.5 and 5.2 yards per attempts in 2010 and 2009 which led to the optimism behind the Jaguars during the MJD holdout this offseason.

Without Jennings the offense may click again like it did against the Texans on Sunday.

– Luke N. Sims

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