Jacksonville Jaguars 2017 NFL training camp is right around the corner, so that means we can start going position by position looking at the roster and who will make the final 53-man. We’re going to look at who we think is safe at each position, which means the chances of being cut are very slim and would be a big surprise. We’ll also point out who we think are on the bubble, which means it’s a player that is going to need to impress and show their value during camp and the preseason.
Next up, running backs.
Who is safe: Leonard Fournette, Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon
The three players I listed as “safe” should really be a no-brainer, but for some reason a lot of fans have an itch to want to dump Yeldon off the roster. I think he still has a lot of value to the team as a third running back who can come in on third downs. Fournette didn’t do a lot of it in college and it’s usually a rough transition for rookies and Yeldon did it over Ivory last season. It’s an important, often overlooked need, but Yeldon fills it and no one behind him has shown to be clear cut better than him.
Who is on the bubble: Corey Grant, I’Tavius Mathers, Tim Cook, Tommy Bohanon and Marquez Williams
Obviously on the bubble, one of the fullbacks is going to make the roster. I think it will end up being Williams, but he’s still on the bubble because it’s basically a two-man race for the spot. As for the other players, some people may think Corey Grant is a lock for the roster and should make it over Yeldon, but I’m not buying it. I don’t think he can be the Yeldon role replacement but he does offer something as a kick returner... which is also kind of being phased out of the modern NFL. Mathers is someone to keep an eye on and could be a practice squad type of guy, but he is someone who is good at scoring touchdowns... which is what the team really needs to be doing with their running backs.