The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly looking into signing one of a pair of free agent running backs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, New York Jets running back Chris Ivory, and Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller are getting interest from the Jaguars, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapaport, who reported it Tuesday morning.
And Lamar Miller https://t.co/ZHYgKgzLEC— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) March 8, 2016
A lot of people think the Jaguars need to add to their running back group and it's not an outrageous thought, given the current state of the Jaguars running backs. That's nothing against T.J. Yeldon, who I think is good and very capable, but adding in someone like Doug Martin who can carry the load for some series and give Yeldon amble rest. Martin averaged 4.9 yards per carry last year, but only managed six rushing touchdowns in a pass-heavy, Jameis Winston-led offense.
Ivory is also a good option on the goal line, an area the Jaguars really struggled with. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry in a more balanced Jets offense and added in seven touchdowns on the ground. Upgrading the running back group in free agency is a much better option than spending a draft pick doing so.
Miller might be the most complete back of the three. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry and got eight rushing touchdowns on just 194 attempts. He also had 47 receptions and two touchdowns in the air.