The Jacksonville Jaguars have been hit hard with injuries at the running back position, losing Rashad Jennings to a concussion last week after just having lost Jalen Parmele for the season. With all the injuries at the position, it means that special teams ace, fullback, and whatever-you-want-him-to-be-back Montell Owens is going to get the start.
Owens got limited work on Sunday, partly because the Jaguars were constantly playing from behind, but he averaged over 4 yards per carry, which Jaguars backs have struggled to do much of the season.
Owens originally signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Maine in 2008, but quickly made an impression on the coaching staff, especially on special teams. At one point, the Jaguars had Owens change to the safety position just to try to figure out a way to keep him on the roster, but he settled in as kind of a fullback/running back hybrid.
Owens has made the Pro Bowl as a special teamer and has always seemed to do well when he's been giving chances to run the football. He's not an explosive player, but he gets as much as he can on seemingly every carry. It's been a long time coming, but Owens finally gets his shot on Sunday against a Jets team who's struggled to stop the run.