Nov 8, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) tackles Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (24) during the first quarter of the NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
T.J. Yeldon, running back, Jacksonville Jaguars
I disagree with a lot of the assessment that T.J. Yeldon had a bad game on Sunday. Yes, he had just 19 yards on 13 carries when you don’t count his 45-yard run.
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But that was against a New York Jets defense that has been downright stellar against the run this season. The fact that
against a defense that just decimates opposing running backs is a testament to how good Yeldon is.
We’d all like to see a running back who can gain big chunks of yards no matter who the defense is, but the Jaguars simply aren’t there yet.
The fact of the matter is that the Jaguars O-Line was struggling to even stand up against the Jets D-Line and Yeldon as getting hit over and over in the backfield. Pro Football Focus assessed that all 19 of his yards outside of that 45-yarder came after contact. That means hard running and more than difficult circumstances to start running from.
Yeldon needs to improve in pass protection and ideally he won’t be facing a defense that has allowed less than 60 yards rushing in three games. There’s room to grow, but the rookie continues to impress.
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