Oct 4, 2014; Oxford, MS, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back T.J. Yeldon (4) runs for a first down during the first half against Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
2) T.J. Yeldon Will be Given Every Opportunity to Succeed
Denard Robinson and Toby Gerhart are getting new roles and in their place will step T.J. Yeldon. Yeldon is expected to be the feature back for the Jacksonville Jaguars and he is expected to excel in that role. The team had almost every running back available to them at the top of the second round and they chose to go with the player they believed had the best ability to be successful with their football team. Head coach Gus Bradley and offensive coordinator Greg Olson will put Yeldon in position to be successful.
Their is a renewed focus on the running game with the Jaguars this season as well. Blake Bortles essentially was the offense for the 2014 Jaguars and that provided little balance for the team. Yeldon is expected to alleviate some of the pressure on Bortles. The Jaguars desperately need someone like Yeldon to step up and become a consistent threat every time he touches the ball or they will have to revert to a one-dimensional offense yet again and that hasn’t worked well for them in the past.
It’s important to note how committed the 2015 Jaguars will be to the running game. This isn’t just coach speak early in the offseason. This is a necessity for the Jaguars. The Jags have been burned too many times in the past so they need to make sure they can feed Yeldon and get him opportunities. As the feature back for the Jaguars he will be given every chance to prove he’s ready to shoulder the load for this team going forward.
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