T.J. Yeldon will be the starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Carolina Panthers, but after a mediocre preseason performance his stock is fragile. He gets covered in the buildup for the Week 1 game.
"Running back T.J. Yeldon has been the expected starter since being drafted, but his rank in the stable seemed at risk after his only preseason performance. He only totaled 10 yards on eight carries, but he was able to get in the end zone on a goal-line run.According to John Oesher of Jaguars.com, Yeldon was named the starting RB by the team on Tuesday, which may have been a surprise for some but possibly not for others. It’s hard to judge a rookie by one preseason game, but his absence due to injury and singular performance isn’t an argument for him to start."
"The good news for the Jaguars is quarterback Blake Bortles is healthy after getting sacked 55 times as a rookie.Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Bortles looked to be “much improved” during the preseason.Carolina defensive back Bene’ Benwikere, who trained with Bortles in California before the 2014 draft, said Bortles is at his best throwing from the pocket, assuming it doesn’t collapse.“I know he’s got a good arm, just from the training aspect. Then I saw him last year while I was following him,” Benwikere said. “He seems like he’s staying in the pocket, getting the ball out and doing his thing now.”"
"The team and the fans are growing tired of the poor starts. The franchise wants to win games in September and October. A loss in week 1 would be detrimental to the team as their isn’t really another favorable game until mid-October. The Jaguars will have a tough stretch of games after Carolina. Miami will come to town in week 2 followed by a trip up to Foxborough against Tom Brady and the Patriots."
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