RB T.J. Yeldon - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-1, 226||Born: 10-2-1993||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 2|
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 20 vs NE (5 / 25 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Yeldon was involved early on a long downfield target that barely missed hooking up. He had a strong run in the red zone to set up the team's second touchdown, but after that got most of his touches on capitulation runs on passing downs. He was also the running back that touched the ball on the successful flea flicker play in the second half.
2017 Week 19 vs PIT (5 / 20 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 57 / 0 rec)
Yeldon had potentially the biggest game of his career and played so well that he might have saved his roster spot for next season, with Chris Ivory a healthy scratch. For starters, he gained 5-yards a pop when he was utilized as a runner, showing good vision and burst. He scored one of the Jaguars four rushing touchdowns and ran with a purpose. As a pass catcher, he lead the team in receiving thanks to his work on screens and third-down dump-offs. His biggest catch came on a dump-off to the left flat, where he took the pass into space and turned it into a 40-yard gain with his vision and speed.
2017 Week 17 vs TEN (4 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Yeldon was used sparingly as a runner and receiver. He was used as a blocker, and route runner, on a number of third downs though, showing that role has become his at least on a part-time basis.
2017 Week 16 vs SF (5 / 13 / 1 rush, 10 / 7 / 64 / 0 rec)
Like Fournette, Yeldon scored on a one-yard touchdown and didn't do anything else with the rest of his snaps. He dropped one third down pass target on a screen.
2017 Week 13 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Yeldon did not get opportunities on the ground due to Fournette and Ivory having reps over him, but he was used in passing situations frequently. He was targeted several times and was able to turn check downs into positive yardage and even first downs.
2017 Week 12 vs ARI (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)
Yeldon got the bulk of the snaps down the stretch. He did not do much of anything at all as a runner, but he saw several designed targets in the short passing game, where he still shows value due to his hands. He was open and targeted on a deep wheel route but the ball was off target.
2017 Week 11 vs CLE (5 / 15 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Yeldon got a ton of snaps on third downs, and even got two third-down carries, but he showed the same unreliability he has always show by fumbling the ball for the third time in only four games. He shows a more burst to the outside than Fournette does but he continues to be average as a runner when it comes to strength and vision. He was mostly ineffective on the day.
2017 Week 10 vs LAC (3 / 11 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 39 / 0 rec)
Yeldon had a classic T.J. Yeldon game. He did virtually nothing of note as a runner, but he was targeted a ton out of the backfield. He turned a couple dump off into first downs but he simply looked better in that role than Ivory had previously in the season. Expect his targets to remain consistent.
2017 Week 9 vs CIN (11 / 41 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Head coach Doug Marrone had a lot of positive things to say about Yeldon following his performance against the Colts, and that combined with Fournette's absence led to a heavy workload for Yeldon as a runner. He was used on more zone plays than Ivory was due to his more explosive nature. As has been the case with most of his career, Yeldon got what was there and not much more on most carries. He looks quicker than in the past but he cannot break tackles. He did have a tremendous spin move to make safety George Iloka completely whiff which would lead to a 15-yard gain.
2017 Week 7 vs IND (9 / 122 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Yeldon ran with a purpose on Sunday. He looked powerful and aggressive and had a 58-yard touchdown run that was designed to get him into space. Yeldon, in his first active game this season, looked like a better pure runner than Ivory against the Colts. It is worth considering keeping him on the active roster for the Jaguars.
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