Jags RB Denard Robinson has outlasted all the changes at running back over the last few years, but he is still facing competition.
After injured tailback Jonas Gray was waived last week, the trio of Robinson, Corey Grant and Joe Banyard are entrenched in one of the most interesting preseason storylines as each battles for a limited number of roster spots behind starters T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory.
The Jaguars won’t carry a fullback on their 53-man roster, which could create room for a fourth or fifth tailback when the roster is trimmed.
Robinson, Grant and Banyard could be vying for two roster spots — or if each makes the roster, are jockeying for playing time. They appeared in the Tampa Bay preseason game in that order. Yeldon and Ivory are supposed to split time, so the team's RB3 could have fantasy value should Ivory or Yeldon get injured, something that happened to both last season.
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles will not finish as the team’s second-leading rusher this season.
The two are starting to form the enviable tandem Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell visualized.
Both had strong efforts for the second consecutive week, combining for 54 yards and a touchdown in three possessions against Tampa Bay on Saturday night at EverBank Field.
“The better they are, the better the passing game is going to be,” Bortles said. “Those two are going to be a heck of a duo. The offensive line did a really good job letting those guys run and making holes for them. The better those guys are, the more we’re going to be able to be successful with play-action.”
The bad news about the Jags running situation is this looks like a 50-50 split, and the story confirmed that again. Obviously not great fantasy potential. We have Yeldon rated higher in both formats but in standard they are separated by just one spot since Ivory should get the goal line carries. Yeldon seems to be the back to own in PPR formats.
The main question with Forte is how much tread he has left on the tire. He had a remarkable workload in Chicago. He leads the NFL in all-purpose yards (12,718) since he entered the league in 2008. Forte is now 30, which is seen by most as the point where running backs fall off the cliff. Forte is out to prove them wrong.
Chan Gailey will come up with plenty of creative ways to get Forte the ball. Gailey loves to throw to running backs, and Forte is as good as it gets in that department. I would expect to see plenty of screen passes and Forte lined up at wide receiver in certain formations.
Forte may lose carries to Bilal Powell and/or Khiry Robinson, and is unlikely to score many rushing touchdowns. But if he's utilized regularly in the slot, he should be able to catch at least 50 passes, maybe more. Jets running backs caught a total of 90 balls last season under OC Chan Gailey. Forte hasn’t finished outside the top 12 in PPR formats in his eight-year career.
It's all about Matt Forte, who will be asked to replace 1,000-yard rusher Chris Ivory as the lead dog in the Jets' backfield. Forte will be highly motivated after getting the cold shoulder from his forever team, the Chicago Bears. Forte, 30, is battling Father Time and a cranky knee that sparked some concern in free agency, but he's said to be healthy and rejuvenated as he approaches his ninth season. His workload will be an ongoing story. As a three-down back for the Bears, he averaged 315 touches (rushes and receptions) per year. That's a bit steep for an aging runner, so look for a time-share system with Bilal Powell.
There was a noticeable improvement last season in Powell's speed and quickness. He set career highs in yards per rush (4.5) and receptions (47), becoming a valuable member of the offense. He was the ideal complement to the bruising Ivory, but the dynamics have changed. Powell and Forte have similar skill sets, so it'll be interesting to how it plays out in terms of role definition.
Khiry Robinson could wind up as the short-yardage/goal-line back (fantasy alert). Don't be surprised if he starts camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Robinson sat out the offseason as he recovered from a broken leg, but he should be good to go in the preseason.
Forte may lose carries to Powell and/or Robinson, and is unlikely to score many rushing touchdowns. But if he's utilized regularly in the slot, he should be able to catch at least 50 passes, maybe more. Jets running backs caught a total of 90 balls last season under OC Chan Gailey. Forte hasn’t finished outside the top 12 in PPR formats in his eight-year career.
The Jets let Bilal Powell know how they felt about him by signing him to a three-year, $11.25 million contract in free agency. Powell is one of the few holdovers left from the Mike Tannenbaum era. Powell’s ability to stick with the Jets through three general managers and four offensive coordinators shows how valued he is.
The Jets revamped their running back corps this offseason, but Powell remains in the middle of it. It will be interesting to see how Gailey divides up the carries between Powell and Matt Forte, who arrives with a great reputation and resume. Powell complemented former Jets running back Chris Ivory, who was more of a bruising back than he is, but Powell and Forte have similar skill sets, so this could be a trickier division of labor for Gailey.
You can count on Powell getting major touches this season, though. Gailey will figure out a way.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 10:56am
Gray was given an opportunity in the team’s final two games and said he “feels good about” what he was able to do: 14 carries for 54 yards while showing a nice burst against New Orleans and Houston.
Getting another chance like that in Jacksonville this season could be difficult.
Robinson has struggled to prove he can withstand a heavy workload. Grant was placed on injured reserve in October with a hip injury. He had just two carries last season, but might also be the team’s best kick returner. But, Gray has struggled to stay on the radar since a huge game against Indy with the Pats. He was then late for a meeting and eventually lost his roster spot.
One of the stalwarts of the New York Jets' offense won't be returning to the team in 2016.
Running back Chris Ivory, who racked up more than 1,000 yards last season, will sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars after NFL free agency opens on Wednesday, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
Related players: T.J. Yeldon
Ivory reportedly got approximately $6 million a year which is quite surprising considering the team's other needs, the presence of T.J. Yeldon and the fact that Ivory is mainly a two-down player. The signing is obviously bad news for Yeldon's stock, which is dependent on expected volume. Ivory is a pretty good runner and it's conceivable that the duo will form a timeshare in 2016.
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Jets RB Bilal Powell (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 17. Powell hasn’t been on the injury report in the last five weeks, but dealt with an ankle injury earlier in the year. He’s looking very questionable for Week 17. If he’s out, Chris Ivory and Stevan Ridley would pick up extra snaps, with Ivory likely to assume Powell’s role in the passing game. The Jets play early on Sunday.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Jets RB Bilal Powell (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 11. If Powell returns, and it looks like he will, he’ll put a sizable dent in Chris Ivory’s upside as a receiver. In four games with Powell, Ivory was only targeted 2.0 times per game compared to 3.3 targets per game with Powell sidelined. His carries are very safe, however.
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm
Jets RB Bilal Powell (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. If Powell returns, and it looks like he will, he’ll put a sizable dent in Chris Ivory’s upside as a receiver. In four games with Powell, Ivory was only targeted 2.0 times per game compared to 3.3 targets per game with Powell sidelined.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm
Jets RB Bilal Powell (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. If Powell returns, and it looks like he will, he’ll put a sizable dent in Chris Ivory’s upside as a receiver. In four games with Powell, Ivory was only targeted 2.0 times per game compared to 3.3 targets per game with Powell sidelined.
DT Kyle Williams (knee)
T Seantrel Henderson (illness), T Cyrus Kouandjio (knee)
New York Jets
S Dion Bailey (ankle), S Calvin Pryor (ankle)
CB Antonio Cromartie (quadricep), RB Bilal Powell (ankle)
CB Buster Skrine (shoulder, hand)
RB Tommy Bohanon (shoulder), TE Kellen Davis (hand), WR Eric Decker (knee), QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (left thumb), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), WR Jeremy Kerley (illness), C Nick Mangold (neck), WR Brandon Marshall (ankle, toe), CB Dexter McDougle (hand, ankle), CB Dee Milliner (wrist), RB Stevan Ridley (knee), QB Geno Smith (left shoulder)
Yes, Ridley is physically recovered from major knee surgery. But he needs to establish timing in the Jets' offense. Remember, it's been a long time — since last Oct. 12 — that he played in a game. Getting back into game shape and rhythm doesn't happen immediately. Ridley came off the physically unable to perform list for last week's game in Oakland, but part of the reason why he didn't get any carries is that the Jets had to abandon the run game, in order to catch up.
I think there's a good chance you'll see Ridley get some work this week against the Jaguars.
Ridley looks like the handcuff for Ivory owners based on what the author of this story said.The Jets want to keep Ivory fresh down the stretch, since his bruising running style can really punish his body. Ridley gives the Jets a talented back — he has more talent than Bilal Powell or Zac Stacy — who can relieve Ivory, the story said. The piece also said Ridley can't just step into that No. 2 running back role immediately. It'll take him a couple games to work his way back.
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