T.J. Yeldon did not have the bet game in Week 3 against the New England Patriots.
With just 33 yards on 11 carries, he was far from the real offensive threat the Jacksonville Jaguars may need to rely upon. While Yeldon is clearly the best option at running back right now, he isn’t at a level where the Jaguars can be down 0-10 and keep handing him the ball.
While I would love to see the Jaguars do that because I love dominant running games, the offensive is definitely not limited to a one-dimensional running game on offense. Blake Bortles is a far improvement over past guys like Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. But, collectively, it doesn’t feel as complete as it should.
I say the Jacksonville Jaguars should just give T.J. Yeldon a chance to see what he can do when he is fed over 25 carries in a game. There was an offseason commitment to the running game made by head coach Gus Bradley and offensive coordinator Greg Olson. Let’s see that commitment become a reality.
The Indianapolis Colts are next up for the Jaguars and they have had a mediocre run defense to this point. Ranked 19th in the NFL with 336 yards allowed, the Colts’ opponents have opted to rush the ball less than others as the Colts defense has only faced 90 rushing attempts total (29th in the league). Giving up almost four yards per carry, the Colts defense is a great test to really let T.J. Yeldon run wild.
Right now the Jaguars have attempted 117 passes to 783 rushing attempts, which is relatively balanced. I’m glad the offense, even though it has struggled and has played from behind, is able to have some semblance of balance. I would really like to see what happens when the ball is not risked through the air as often and the Jaguars rely on Yeldon’s legs to get the job done.
Something needs to change for the Jaguars to start winning more games and I think a renewed emphasis on T.J. Yeldon just may be what could get them there.
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