T.J. Yeldon ready for heavy workload every week


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The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Alabama running back

T.J. Yeldon

in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the expectation he would become the primary ball carrier at some point. That time appears to be now thanks to an impressive start from the rookie and an unfortunate injury to change-of-pace back

Denard Robinson


Already leading all NFL rookies in touches (43 total touches)through two weeks, Yeldon has looked nifty and elusive, making the most of the poor run blocking in front of him. He’s shown rare lateral agility and the ability to jump cut across the line in a way that should eventually lead to some big plays.

While most, including myself, though Yeldon would slowly be eased into the leading role in the backfield, his 25 carries in week 2 indicate the team is ready and willing to give Yeldon full responsibility as the primary ball carrier. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said as much this week:

"“We thought as the game went on, he became more productive… We’ll wait and see how the game plays out. I think every game plays out differently. We talked before with Gus and the offensive staff. Gus asked what we were thinking. We said if he got 20 carries or more, we think that would be a good day. We felt like, yeah, he’s ready for that right now.”– Jaguars’ offensive coordinator Greg Olson"

Even though Yeldon has earned the lead role, the Jaguars don’t really have a choice due to Robinson’s knee injury. Bernard Pierce is the only other option as far as all-around running backs, while Corey Grant will now see more time as the change-of-pace/speed back. Toby Gerhart is struggling to get back on the field and he’s not really expected to get a ton of carries anyway.

Luckily Yeldon appears to be the real deal and ready to contribute in a big way (hello fantasy points!). The Jaguars are going to need him to put up some spectacular numbers to keep up with a Patriots offense that looks downright unstoppable.

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