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2013 Jacksonville Jaguars training camp preview: Running back*


Most of the position groups for the Jacksonville Jaguars offer a familiar face at the top, but then a slew of new ones at the rest of the depth chart. The running back position is no different for the Jaguars, with Maurice Jones-Drew returning but after him a pack of new faces and some rookies.

The Players

Maurice Jones-Drew
Ht 5-7 Wt: 210
Age: 28 Exp: 8
Start of Camp Status: Starter, No. 1 running back

Jones-Drew has been a staple in the Jaguars offense since his rookie season and has been a horse since taking over for Fred Taylor. The past few seasons however he's been banged up, despite producing, and is coming off a Lisfranc injury in 2012 that limited him to just six games.

Camp Outlook: Jones-Drew's status for training camp is up in the air, but he's expected to be ready for the season and should be the team's starting running back.

Justin Forsett
Ht 5-8 Wt: 194
Age: 27 Exp: 6
Start of Camp Status: Backup, No. 2 running back, kick returner

The Jaguars picked up Justin Forsett during the free agency period to back up Jones-Drew and possibly return kicks. Forsett has experience working with Jedd Fisch and Gus Bradley from his time in Seattle and has been productive wherever he's been. He should offer a nice spell option for Jones-Drew.

Camp Outlook: Forsett will likely get the bulk of the work in camp and preseason until Jones-Drew is ready to go.

Denard Robinson
Ht 6-0 Wt: 197
Age: 22 Exp: R
Start of Camp Status: ("Offensive weapon") Backup running back/wide receiver

The Jaguars made a surprise pick in the fifth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft in picking Denard Robinson, who they made sure to list as a running back when he was announced. Officially Robinson is now listed as an "offensive weapon" but his primary role is going to be a running back/receiver type player.

Camp Outlook: Robinson is likely to get a lot of work in the offense in training camp as he finds his role.

Jordan Todman
Ht 5-10 Wt: 198
Age: 23 Exp: 1
Start of Camp Status: Backup running back

Todman was originally drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 2011 NFL Draft but wound up on the practice squad for much of the season until he was signed by the Minnesota Vikings where he spent some time on the active roster before being place on the practice squad. Late last season as the team dealt with injuries, he was signed by the Jaguars.

Camp Outlook: Todman has a chance to make the Jaguars final roster, especially if he can show something on special teams. Running back depth is an issue right now.

Jonathan Grimes
Ht 5-10 Wt: 209
Age: 23 Exp: 2
Start of Camp Status: Backup running back

Grimes was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2012, but has also bounced to the New York Jets and back to the Houston Texans before being signed by the Jaguars towards the end of the season.

Camp Outlook: Grimes, like some of the others, has a shot to make the Jaguars final 53-man roster as depth after MJD, Forsett, and Robinson is wide open.

De'Leon Eskridge
Ht 5-11 Wt: 215
Age: 23 Exp: R
Start of Camp Status: Backup running back

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Eskridge as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft. He's a versatile running back who contributed both carrying the football and catching the ball out of the backfield for San Jose. He's not a fast back, but he fits in a zone-blocking scheme and seems to always fall forward.

Camp Outlook: Of all the other running backs, Eskridge is one I feel has the best shot to make the roster.

Lonnie Pryor
Ht 6-0 Wt: 224
Age: 23 Exp: R
Start of Camp Status: Starter, Fullback

Pryor was one of the undrafted free agents the Jaguars made sure to snap up and he should fit in right away in the offense. He's played both fullback and running back for Florida State and can make plays with the ball in his hand.

Camp Outlook: Pryor should enter and exit camp as the team's starting fullback and would be a shock if he didn't make the roster.

Will Ta'ufo'ou
Ht 5-11 Wt: 247
Age: 27 Exp: 2
Start of Camp Status: Backup fullback

In college Ta'ufo'ou blocked for three 1,000 yard rushers at Cal, including Justin Forsett. He was picked up by the Jaguars for training camp in 2012 and made his way up and down from the practice squad to the active roster multiple times.

Camp Outlook: Ta'ufo'ou will have a tough time making the roster in 2013 with Pryor on board, but it's possible he can yo-yo from the practice squad again.

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