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Jaguars Beat: T.J. Yeldon will 'win the starting job' and become the team's 'feature back'

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8:16pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jaguars beat writer Mike DiRocco: "T.J. Yeldon will win the starting job and become the Jaguars' feature back. Denard Robinson will still have a significant role in the offense and Toby Gerhart will get work, too, but the Jaguars are counting on Yeldon to revitalize a run game that hasn't finished higher than 21st in the NFL since the 2011 season."

Fantasy Impact:

Toby Gerhart struggled with injuries last season and may play more of a fullback/H-back position this season. Denard Robinson was solid in stretches, but apparently the Jaguars don’t view him as an every-down, feature-type back. Yeldon’s upside will depend heavily on the growth of QB Blake Bortles and the entire Jacksonville offense, which suddenly has a young and talented receiving corps (Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns) and a weapon at tight end in Julius Thomas.

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Jaguars plan to use Denard Robinson as kick returner and change-of-pace back

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 5:35pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Mike DiRocco predicts that T.J. Yeldon will start for the Jaguars at running back.

I originally had Denard Robinson here, but general manager David Caldwell said he's going to work as a kick returner in 2015. He fits more as a change-of-pace back, anyway. So the job goes to the second-round pick from Alabama. The Jaguars like his patience, running style and anticipation.

Fantasy Impact:

Toby Gerhart is also in the mix, but he's rumored to be slated for more of a fullback/H-back role for the team in 2015. As a team, the Jaguars averaged a healthy 4.5 YPC last season, which was 9th in the league. Unfortunately, they were last in the league in points scored, so rushing touchdowns may be tough to come by. The entire offense needs to take a step forward for Yeldon to post solid fantasy RB2 numbers.

Jaguars say RB T.J. Yeldon looks 'pretty smooth' in rookie camp

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:57am

Jacksonville.com - [Full Article]

Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon exhibited many of the characteristics Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley talked about after drafting him.

“T.J. looked pretty smooth,” Bradley said. “A lot of the same things that we saw on tape. His ability to make quick decisions, spontaneous decisions, his instincts. One play really jumps out at me and it’s the same thing we saw on tape.”

Yeldon showed off his agility and acceleration during 11-on-11 work.

Fantasy Impact:

Toby Gerhart struggled with injuries last season and may play more of a fullback/H-back position this season. Denard Robinson was solid in stretches, but apparently the Jaguars don’t view him as an every-down, feature-type back. Yeldon’s upside will depend heavily on the growth of QB Blake Bortles and the entire Jacksonville offense, which suddenly has a young and talented receiving corps (Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns) and a weapon at tight end in Julius Thomas.

Jaguars RB Denard Robinson (foot) has been cleared to play since February

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 10:58am

Jacksonville.com - [Full Article]

Just as he got comfortable last year, Jaguars RB Denard Robinson was injured. Add to that a new offensive system he will begin to learn this week. The foot is fine — Robinson said he was cleared to do everything in February. The role is to be defined — so he has spent the offseason working on catching passes and pass protection techniques.

“I just line up as a receiver and run routes and then run flares out of the backfield,” he said. “I feel a lot better than I did before.”

As for pass protection, new coordinator Greg Olson is expected to put a premium on it for running backs to play. Per Times-Union game charting, Robinson was on the hook for four sacks last year.

Fantasy Impact:

Robinson saw at least 10 touches in eight games last season and averaged 12.5 fantasy points in PPR formats, and that equates to #13 RB numbers when extrapolated over a full 16-game season. At this point, the Jaguars are expected to draft a running back, so Robinson's position atop the depth chart is tenuous at best. A healthy Toby Gerhart would also be in the mix.

Sunday, April 5, 2015, 9:11am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jaguars beat writer Mike DiRocco answered a question about RB Storm Johnson and getting more of a role in 2015.

DiRocco: Only if he improves his issues with pass protection. It's not a physical problem. He is willing to block and can do it. He just struggles knowing what his responsibilities are in certain protections and audibles. If he's able to figure that out then he will have more opportunities.

Fantasy Impact:

Blocking responsibilities are a big reason young RBs can't get on the field. The emergence of Denard Robinson last season could also limit Johnson's snaps. And don't forget about Toby Gerhart - DiRocco added that he thinks the starting spot will come down to Robinson or Gerhart in 2015. The team also signed Bernard Pierce this offseason.

Jaguars HC Gus Bradley discusses his running back corps

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 3:54pm

Jacksonville.com - [Full Article]

Jaguars HC Gus Bradley... (on running back Denard Robinson being a top option in 2015)

"He was a pleasant surprise for us [in 2014] after his first year. He came back stronger and bigger and really shocked us. He had a couple of games in a row [of 100 yards rushing] where he did some really nice things for us and it was unfortunate he had the [foot] injury at the end. We’re really pleased with his progress and we’re hopeful that he takes the next step. Where that takes him in the rotation, that’s yet to be seen. He’s doing a great job coming back from his injury. The future is bright for him."

(on running back Toby Gerhart and if he can salvage a role in 2015 after a non-productive 2014)

"He’s done a good job. With a new offensive staff, that’s what we’re in the process of doing right now – looking at everybody’s strengths and how to best utilize those. Toby’s done a nice job for us. I know people may consider him a third down-type back or a short-yardage, situational back but we saw him do enough good things on first and second downs that he’ll have a place with us. He is a different style of back and we’re putting tougher an offense that best utilizes his strength."

Fantasy Impact:

Robinson averaged a solid 4.3 YPC on 135 carries, while Gerhart struggled to 3.2 YPC after suffering an early season foot injury. He did average 3.9 YPC from Week 9 on, and 4.0 YPC over the final six games, so things improved as he started to get healthy. Gerhart has a career 4.3 YPC, so he's probably better than he showed last season. We're currently expecting a RBBC with Gerhart and Robinson each getting a fair share of the workload.

Saints told RB Mark Ingram they want him back

Friday, January 23, 2015, 12:50pm

nola.com - [Full Article]

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram will hit free agency this season with a chance to test the waters. Ingram said the Saints have told him they want him back.

"They said they want me back, for sure," he said. "I was their draft pick, so they said they definitely want me to come back."

Fantasy Impact:

The market for free agent running backs has dried up considerably in recent years, but Ingram should be able to garner the $3 million per year (or so) that Toby Gerhart and Rashad Jennings received last year. Ingram would hold RB2-type value if he returns to New Orleans since a healthy Khiry Robinson would likely cap Ingram's workload. Robinson's injuries played a big role in Ingram getting the 19.6 touches per game that he saw in 2014.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (ribs, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Gerhart is expected to play through the rib injury.

Saints RB Mark Ingram optimistic about his chances in free agency

Friday, December 26, 2014, 12:06pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Running back Mark Ingram is wrapping up the final year of his contract with the team and preparing to head into free agency after his best NFL season. Ingram missed three games early in the season, but has since held up well under a heavy workload caused by injuries other backs. Ingram has set career highs in attempts, yards, receptions and touchdowns and thinks he’s sold himself well in the process.

“Yeah, I think that’s a good thing, seeing that I could carry the ball and be out there doing whatever they ask me to do for a stretch of time and be healthy,” Ingram said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Running backs have not found a friendly market in free agency in recent years, so Ingram will have to buck that trend to land a big contract. That will be tough in a year when DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, C.J. Spiller and Frank Gore are also set to make up a crowded free agent market at the position, but coming off his best pro season shouldn’t hurt when it comes time for Ingram to talk contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Ingram's 75.6 rushing yards per game are the 7th-highest this season. He's not going to land a big contract due to how the position has been devalued in recent years, but he should be able to match the three-year, $10.5 million that Toby Gerhart got in Jacksonville. If Ingram leaves, Khiry Robinson figures to take over the role as the team's primary between-the-tackles runner. Robinson is signed through the 2015 season.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 15. Gerhart likely takes over as the lead back for Jacksonville with Denard Robinson out for the year with a mid-foot sprain. The team said that Jordan Todman and Storm Johnson will also play, so it’s tough to get too excited about Gerhart in a bad matchup with Baltimore.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Jaguars RB Denard Robinson (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 15. Robinson’s season is over with a mid-foot sprain. We would expect the Jaguars to turn back to Toby Gerhart, whom they signed to be their feature back in the offseason. Todman and Johnson will be in the mix. Gerhart's 2.9 YPC is dreadful, but he has been running better (3.5 YPC) since Week 8, once his foot injury finally healed. We wouldn't recommend him in Week 15 against the Ravens, but he should have a chance to produce against the Titans in Week 16.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Gerhart likely takes over as the lead back for Jacksonville with Denard Robinson out for the year with a mid-foot sprain.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Jaguars RB Denard Robinson (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Robinson’s season is over with a mid-foot sprain. We would expect the Jaguars to turn back to Toby Gerhart, whom they signed to be their feature back in the offseason. Todman and Johnson will be in the mix. Gerhart's 2.9 YPC is dreadful, but he has been running better (3.5 YPC) since Week 8, once his foot injury finally healed. We wouldn't recommend him in Week 15 against the Ravens, but he should have a chance to produce against the Titans in Week 16.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Gerhart likely takes over as the lead back for Jacksonville with Denard Robinson out for the year with a mid-foot sprain.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Jaguars RB Denard Robinson (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Robinson’s season is over with a mid-foot sprain. We would expect the Jaguars to turn back to Toby Gerhart, whom they signed to be their feature back in the offseason. Todman and Johnson will be in the mix. Gerhart's 2.9 YPC is dreadful, but he has been running better (3.5 YPC) since Week 8, once his foot injury finally healed. We wouldn't recommend him in Week 15 against the Ravens, but he should have a chance to produce against the Titans in Week 16.

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