The 31-year-old Charles is the NFL’s all-time leading running back in career yards per carry, with a 5.4-yard average. Whether he still has that kind of big-play ability remains to be seen, but the Jaguars hope to find out, the story went on to say. Fournette is dealing with a hamstring injury, and Grant was lost for the season with a foot injury.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to have to use T.J. Yeldon the way they originally intended when they drafted him in the second round in 2015: as their feature back.
They pretty much have no choice.
With Leonard Fournette out indefinitely with a right hamstring strain and Corey Grant potentially out for the season after suffering a Lisfranc injury in Sunday's 30-14 loss at Kansas City, Yeldon is going to be the focal point of the run game for the foreseeable future.
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Many may forget, it's a role Yeldon handled pretty well as a rookie, and he says he'll have no trouble assuming it again, according to the story. Wilds is the only other healthy running back on the roster. He spent the first week of the season on the practice squad, was promoted after Fournette hurt his hamstring in the season opener and has six carries for 15 yards in the past three games. He had not had a carry in a game since 2016 and now has 16 carries for 42 yards in his career. The Jaguars will have to sign at least one other back this week, the story went on to say. The team worked out Orleans Darkwa and Matthew Dayes last Tuesday and expect to have more backs in for workouts early this week.
Grant wasn't able to put pressure on his foot after the injury. With Fournette already out, Yeldon should get a big workload in the second half with Wilds and Bohanon next up on the depth chart if Grant misses future games.