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RB T.J. Yeldon - Jacksonville Jaguars

6-1, 226Born: 10-2-1993College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 2

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2016 Week 15 vs HOU (8 / 28 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)

Almost half of Yeldon's rushing yardage came on one carry, but at the end of the day, he was only given 8 carries to prove himself. The thinking that he can develop into a workhorse back is long gone. There is just nothing he does very well. As a pass catcher, he lead the team in receptions and yards, but mainly because screen passes were the only passes Bortles seemed capable of completing.

2016 Week 14 vs MIN (17 / 59 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 31 / 0 rec)

The run game was non-existent for the Jaguars due to their disadvantage in the trenches, but Yeldon still fails to show any truly impressive traits as a runner. As a pass catcher he was dependable and lead the team in targets. If Bortles goes into full check down mode, which he has in recent weeks, Yeldon should be a beneficiary.

2016 Week 13 vs DEN (14 / 55 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Yeldon did not start the game due to an ankle injury he is battling through but he eventually had to take the reigns of the running game once Denard Robinson went down with an injury. He did have one of his more impressive games as a runner, showing better-than-usual vision and burst. Ultimately he was not impressive as a pass catcher though, dropping an easy dump off pass and showing a lack of awareness on other plays.

2016 Week 12 vs BUF (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Yeldon was injured throughout the week and despite being active for the game, he did not get much playing time. It remains to be seen how much the loss of Ivory impacted his own playing time but he was clearly still hobbled.

2016 Week 11 vs DET (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Yeldon was the key catalyst of the offense to start the game. He got the start over Ivory and looked great on the ground and as a receiving back. If he didn't get injured early on, one would presume that he would have carried the load for the team.

2016 Week 10 vs HOU (9 / 32 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Yeldon more or less had the same issues as Ivory when it came to running; The team didn't give him enough carries to make a difference. He did look good as a pass catcher for the 2nd week in a row and it looks like the team is beginning to embrace those strengths of his more.

2016 Week 9 vs KC (7 / 33 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 32 / 1 rec)

Yeldon did not do anything notable as a runner but as a pass catcher he looked very good, an improvement from past weeks. He broke tackles and showed good agility and comfort in space. He had a really bad fumble early in the game but the Jags came back to him for a dump-off touchdown late in the game. He is firmly the #2 RB, but this was a good showing.

2016 Week 8 vs TEN (3 / 20 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

The Jaguars have abandoned the running game and T.J. Yeldon has regressed as a pass catcher in recent weeks. He is getting very little usage and when he does, he fails to impress enough to make them want to play him more.

2016 Week 7 vs OAK (6 / 24 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Yeldon was again a non-factor. He isn't getting the carries needed to produce because he is an inferior runner to Chris Ivory and he is not getting any meaningful pass targets because the passing offense is broken.

2016 Week 6 vs CHI (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Yeldon saw very little work for the Jaguars. Most of the teams drives were 3-and-outs and they failed to ever establish the run game, but he was not even seeing passing targets. The Jaguars want the run game to set up their passing game but until Bortles and Co. turn it around, teams will continue to stack the box.

2016 Week 4 vs IND (14 / 71 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)

Several Jaguar players noted that the team ran more gap running plays than zone plays this week, and no other player had a bigger change in play than T.J. Yeldon. For the first time this season he was running through holes with intent and was picking up chunk yardage. He was the teams main back and was featured as a receiver frequently, turning in several key first downs through the air.

2016 Week 3 vs BAL (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

The Jaguars saw early on that the run game was not even worth experimenting with, so Yeldon did not get much usage through the ground. They also went away from featuring him as a pass catcher after last weeks debacle of a game plan. Until the Jaguars get some run blocking going, Yeldon is worthless stats wise.

2016 Week 2 vs SD (7 / 28 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 10 / 0 rec)

Yeldon followed up week 1s hilariously ineffective day on the ground with an even worse day through the air in week 2. He saw more pass targets than anybody in the offense but only had.....10 receiving yards. He is simply not a threat as a pass catcher, at least not in the way the Jaguars were using him on Sunday. He has good vision and feel for space but he can not break tackles and is a below average athlete. He had a few nice runs but the Jaguars abandoned the running game entirely relatively early.

2016 Week 1 vs GB (21 / 39 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)

Yeldon scored an early touchdown for the Jaguars, a short yardage burst near the goal line where he showed impressive power, but offered little else to be excited about outside of that. The run blocking was ineffective in spurts, leading to a number of carries that lost yardage, but Yeldon also failed to take advantage when the blocking was there, as he had a career low yards per carry average. He saw the bulk of the work for the Jaguars since Chris Ivory did not play but he failed to show anything that would make the Jaguars staff hesitant to take him off the field.


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