With the 2014 NFL Draft in our rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead and see what the Jacksonville Jaguars’ roster might look like come week 1 of the regular season. With 9 draft picks and several free-agent acquisitions this offseason, the active roster in 2014 will likely look very different from what we saw in 2013.
Let’s take a look at a position group that will look vastly different in 2014 – running back. Here’s the breakdown of the position from the 2013 season.
% of Total Plays
Long-time starter Maurice Jones-Drew took a bulk of the carries in 2013, as he did in the previous handful of seasons. Jordan Todman came in as a street free-agent and managed to crack into the line-up as a change-of-pace back with a little more quickness than MJD. Rookie Denard Robinson had a tough transition after playing quarterback in college, and the coaching staff clearly didn’t trust him enough to increase his workload.
The Jaguars let the veterans (Jones-Drew and Justin Forsett) walk in the offseason, and youth is now the theme of the backfield. Toby Gerhart has plenty of tread left on the tires after sitting behind Adrian Peterson in Minnesota, and rookie Storm Johnson joins Robinson in his second year to try and compete for playing time. Here’s my prediction for the depth chart in 2014.
Prediction - % of Plays
*currently listed at WR
The Jaguars have come out and said they expect Gerhart to be the bellcow back, so he should get a majority of the carries. I think Denard Robinson will make big strides in his second season, and Storm Johnson should be able to crack into the line-up if he doesn’t exhibit ball security issues early on in the season. Jordan Todman is the odd-man out here, but I still think he makes the final roster.