The Jacksonville Jaguars begin organized team activities (OTAs) on Tuesday May 22, which means training camp is just over a month away. That means we’re going to start our series looking at each position group on the Jaguars roster and see who is a lock, who is on the bubble, and who is going to have a hard time making the roster. We’re also going to get an idea of how good the position group is overall.
First, we’re going to take a look at the running back position.
Roster Lock: Leonard Fournette, T.J. Yeldon, Corey Grant
I don’t think there will be much argument about who the locks on the roster are. Fournette just got ranked in the NFL Top 100, Yeldon is a solid third down back who can catch out of the backfield and Grant is a seemingly underutilized change of pace that can also return kicks.
These three will be the primary players running the football in 2018, barring some unforeseen trade or cut/signing this offseason. I’m sure the team would like to lower Fournette’s carries if possible and let guys like Yeldon and Grant carry some of the load, but either way it should be close to the same mix as 2017.
On the bubble: Tim Cook, Brandon Wilds, Tommy Bohanon, Lamar Atkins
After the first three, this is what is left. I would think the Jaguars will keep two players from these four, likely retaining Bohanon as the starting fullback. I’m not going to pretend like I know anything about the other backs on the list, though my guess would be Cook has the inside track because he was here last season and he’s more of a bruiser which I think is what they’re looking for in the fourth running back spot.
Verdict: Pretty good!
The Jaguars running back depth is solid, but I’m surprised they didn’t add another back similar to Fournette in the offseason, either in the draft or through free agency. They released Chris Ivory, which wasn’t a shock, but now they don’t have anyone similar to Fournette. I’m sure it will get figured out somehow and even such you’re not going to want to pull Fournette off the field often.