T.J. Yeldon: 4 questions for 2015
Jun 16, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (24) runs during minicamp at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
4) Can T.J. Yeldon bring balance to the
While T.J. Yeldon’s role is certainly huge, his success may not be able to be measured purely in yards gained and touchdowns scored. What matters most in Yeldon’s first season is likely to be how much balance he can bring to the offense.
Placing the entire effort squarely on Yeldon’s shoulders would be a mistake. The running game is far more than just a running back. Yeldon will have to work well with the big guys up front, he’ll rely on Blake Bortles sparking the air attack, and he’ll rely on the talent around him to take some pressure on. Running the ball (like almost everything in football) is a team effort.
That said, Yeldon is the key cog here. The other running backs on the roster haven’t impressed and Yeldon has high expectations placed upon him. If he can bring balance to the offense, then the Jaguars will be much better off than they have been since the days of Maurice Jones-Drew.
This may be the question that looms over Yeldon the most during his rookie campaign. In can define success for the young running back and it can define success for the Jaguars offense. A lot rests on Yeldon’s performance. While I have expressed confidence in every other question asked thus far, this one is just too up in the air to predict right now. Yeldon’s a new running back in the big NFL world, even the Jaguars coaching staff isn’t sure that he will achieve balance on offense.
Hopefully he will, but for now I will reserve judgment.
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