DeMarco Murray and 4 Other Free Agent Running Backs for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Jan 4, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) during the third quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
3) Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions
Reggie Bush, a recent free agent addition, has breakout potential that the Jaguars currently lack. Robinson was brought in to be an “offensive weapon” but as he transitions to be more of an NFL-standard halfback we’ve yet to see if he can really break it open whenever he touches the ball. There were flashes last year, but he needs to do it consistently. Bush brings that consistency with him. While I believe Bush has never performed to his draft position, he’s still a dependable back in the NFL. He has the skills to be an offensive weapon wherever you put him. His struggles, in my opinion, are largely because he simply isn’t meant to be a feature back and hasn’t really been put in the right role. At age thirty (happy birthday, today!) he may not have a lot of mileage left, but if the Jags want a proven threat to be a part of their team, Bush would make a lot of sense to tack on with Gerhart and Robinson. He declined last year, but I believe the talent is still there.
Dec 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Johnson (21) rushes against Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) during the second half at LP Field. Jets won 16-11. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
4) Chris Johnson, New York Jets
Chris Johnson may never be CJ2K again. Nearing age thirty, beginning to bounce around the league, and finishing with less than 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, what Johnson needs is a change of scenery. He’s one of the most talented running backs around and would bring instant speed to the Jags. He’s also got some attitude that I like to see from skill players and may bring some national attention (hopefully positive) to our favorite small market team. Johnson is a threat to break one open any time he touches the ball and I would love to see him paired with Gerhart and Robinson in the backfield. The big question at this point in his career is whether he wants to still try and be a feature back or whether he’d be willing to share time as part of a committee.
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