Jaguars Free Agency 2019: Three running backs to consider
By David Levin
Given the state of the Jacksonville Jaguars running backs and the changes that are expected to the roster, here are three names the team should consider in free agency.
The only running back currently on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster I can say may be safe for the upcoming season may be David Williams.
It’s hard to read that sentence and not realize one of the team’s biggest strengths in 2017 was one of the weaknesses of a porous offense this past season. But the statement is true, nonetheless.
Leonard Fournette appears to be safe from a potential trade after numerous rumors have him linked to a draft day deal involving the Philadelphia Eagles or moving up in the draft order to grab Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
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Both T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant are free agents in 16 days. I doubt the team will re-sign Yeldon, who looks like he wants out of Jacksonville. Grant is another story, where he could still be of some service to this corps of backs on the roster. Thomas Rawls was signed to a futures contract but there is no guarantee he will make the 53-man roster.
As I said, major changes on the horizon. There are names to consider in free agency as the Jaguars could add a veteran runner to the mix. Also, look for them to add a running back through the NFL Draft in April.
Should the Jaguars look at free agency to fill a huge void in the offense, here are three players the team should consider.
Frank Gore – You already know how I feel about the Jaguars taking a swing at trying to sign Frank Gore to at least a one-year deal.
Gore may be on the downside of his career, one where he is currently fourth on the all-time rushing list, but he is still an effective runner between the tackles. The Jaguars brought in Terry Robiskie to serve as the team’s running back coach with the hope that his ties to LSU will help aid in Fournette’s growth on and off the field.
Even at his age, Gore has proven he can still get the job done.
Tevin Coleman – Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman have been a solid running back combination in Atlanta, but now the “Robin” to Freeman’s “Batman” should command a lot of attention on the free agent market.
Last season, Coleman ran for 800 yards while filling in for the injured Freeman and should still have plenty of miles on his legs to run as a lead back or another complimentary runner in the right system. The 25-year-old, at 5-foot-11 and 206 pounds could become the Yeldon of this offense.
What I like most about Coleman is the 4.8 yards per carry he had last season and his ability to run between the tackles.
Mark Ingram – This might be a long shot, but Mark Ingram, 29, figures to get a long look by several teams this offseason after an up and down carry in New Orleans. The former Alabama Heisman Trophy winner could be a nice compliment in John DiFilippo’s system.
Ingram can still be a lead back, but the combination of him and Fournette would certainly take the heat off a rookie quarterback, should the Jaguars go that route.