One of the most important things for the Jacksonville Jaguars offense for the 2016 season is to get a consistent running game going. It was something the team struggled with last season, but typically when they ran the ball well, they won games. It's a big reason why the team drafted T.J. Yeldon and signed Chris Ivory in free agency, because they want to be able to develop a running game to keep their offense balanced and grind games down when necessary.
Even quarterback Blake Bortles knows the importance of the running game, as he's asserted that the team will only be as good as they run the ball.
"I think we're going to be as good as our running game is," Bortles told reporters on Monday. "I think last year we were forced to throw the ball maybe a little bit more, maybe a little bit more than we had planned either because we weren't running the ball well or we were behind the chains or down in the game."
Everyone agrees the Jaguars passed the ball too much last season, but as Bortles stated, a lot of that was out of necessity. The team struggled to get a consistent run game going, but the team was also playing from behind a lot of the time and it's hard to develop a running game when you're playing catch up. With some of the additions and transitions on the offensive line, plus the addition on Ivory to the fold and Yeldon having a year under his belt, the running game should once again become an emphasis for the offense.
The Jaguars hit the field again on Friday, July 29th for the start of training camp. For a full schedule of dates open to the public, you can check out our Guide to Jaguars Training Camp.