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2018 NFL free agency: Should the Jaguars pick up a running back?

With Chris Ivory gone, should the Jacksonville Jaguars go after a running back?

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are thin at running back. Their original option of a veteran in Chris Ivory as the change-of-pace back to No. 4 overall pick Leonard Fournette just didn’t pan out — Ivory wasn’t as good as advertised and he didn’t bring anything to the table that Fournette didn’t do better already.

That means the depth behind Fournette is T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant. That’s... not enough.

Drafting a running back on Day 3 sounds like a good idea, but there are a lot of holes this team still needs to fill on offense — quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, offensive line — that spending a fourth-round pick on a running back may not be in the cards.

Is running back a position they could (and should) shore up before the 2018 NFL Draft?

Here’s Spotrac’s full listing of all free agent running backs in 2018.


I like Isaiah Crowell. I know he’s far down the list in terms of best running backs available, but I think he fits the complementary back role well, he’s young, he doesn’t have a lot of miles on him, and he doesn’t have any major injury history. He’s played in all 64 games since being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2014.

Jerick McKinnon saw a heavy volume of receiving targets over the last four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (averaging 47.8 targets per season since 2014) and he’s incredibly quick (running 4.38 and 4.35 in his two 40-yard dash drills at the 2014 NFL Combine).

Wishful thinking

If you’re going to go all in on the run game, just go sign LeGarrette Blount away from the Philadelphia Eagles.

(It’s not going to happen, they’re going to spend money elsewhere as they should.)

What do you think? Will the Jaguars go after a veteran running back in free agency? If so, who’s most likely to sign?