Sep 13, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running backT.J. Yeldon
(24) takes the field to face the Carolina Panthers at EverBank Field. The Panthers defeat the Jaguars 20-9. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
T.J. Yeldon will win offensive rookie of the year: FICTION
There are a multitude of reasons T.J. Yeldon won’t win rookie of the year, but his ability and performance won’t be why. Thanks to the hype associated with their draft position and their big play ability, the rookie of the year race is almost certainly going to come down to Amari Cooper in Oakland and Todd Gurley in St. Louis, but Yeldon won’t be very far behind. Right now, Yeldon is ranked as the number 4 rookie according to Pro Football focus heading into week 8, and Yeldon’s 406 rushing yards ranks second among rookie runners (behind Gurley’s 442).
The primary reason Yeldon won’t win the award is his production, which is a shame. While his 4.0 yards per carry average is closer to acceptable than excellent, the tape shows an elusive runner who consistently makes defenders miss in the backfield and finds creases and holes where most running backs don’t. He isn’t going to get a ton of attention this year, but he will cement himself as the future at running back for the Jaguars
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