T.J. Yeldon is a “Heck of a Player”


T.J. Yeldon is pretty much all good press for the Jacksonville Jaguars. While those not close to the team still attempt to write him off as a reach early in the second round, the new feature back for the Jags gets rave reviews from pretty much anyone familiar with the team or his play in college.

That continued with NFL.com’s Gil Brandt (a well seasoned personnel man in the NFL) recently leaving what amounts as a footnote in his article on the best offseasons in the NFL. The Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t make the list, but as a team “considered” Brandt only had this to say, “Second-round pick T.J. Yeldon is a heck of a player.”

While there aren’t specifics and its essentially a short endorsement of what the Jaguars have put together with everyone this offseason, it’s nice to note the continued praise for the work general manager Dave Caldwell has done in assembling players that members of the media (as well as fans) believe to be something special. Yeldon is the latest of a group of players who continue to perform higher than expected on a young team battling to remain relevant and become successful once again.

This isn’t to say we should overlook T.J. Yeldon. He is likely to be the most impactful rookie for the Jaguars in his first season, especially with first round pick Dante Fowler Jr. set to miss the entire year due to injury. The Jaguars will be relying him to make the most of every opportunity and carry the load for the running game. The ground game has disappointed in recent years and it will be a tough task for a young runner to take on. But if guys like Brandt are right, then the Jaguars may have just found the type of guy they need: a heck of a player who can put it all together.

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