Shortly after announcing that Chad Henne will be the starting quarterback for the Jaguars on Sunday against the Titans instead of Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey also announced that Jalen Parmele will be the starting running back for the team in Week 12 against the Titans.
In the wake of an injury to the foot of three-time Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jaguars rushing offense has slipped to last place in the NFL. Particularly bad during the stretch has been the play of Rashad Jennings who has yet to average more than three yards per carry as a starter.
Against the Texans, Jennings carried the ball three times but finished with negative-one yard rushing. Parmele instead earned the majority of the carries for the Jaguars and finished with 80 yards on 24 rushing attempts, finding decent success against one of the NFL's top defenses.
Mularkey said that Jennings will keep his spot as the kick returner for the team, where he returned six kicks for 149 yards on Sunday, and also will be worked in as a rotational running back.