RB T.J. Yeldon - Buffalo Bills
|6-1, 226||Born: 10-2-1993||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 2, pick 36 (2015)|
2018 Week 1 vs NYG (14 / 51 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 18 / 1 rec)
Yeldon mixed in sporadically early in the game and took over lead back duties once Fournette went out with an injured hamstring. His first attempted touch of the game came on a pass attempt where Yeldon was split out as the weakside slot receiver in an empty formation. He won his route (a quick Out) against the linebacker, but bobbled the catch with an opportunity to catch-and-run for additional yardage. He made a big time conversion on a 3rd and 5 checkdown where he caught the ball behind the LOS and got upfield quickly through traffic. Yeldon had an impressive series of runs towards the end of the second half, including a 15 yard scamper featuring multiple broken tackles where he got the ball to the one yard line. On the following play, he scored a receiving touchdown after carrying out a play action fake and leaking to the flat. His ability as a receiver has always been there, but his strength and quickness have noticeably improved over the last two seasons. He did have another drop on an easy checkdown with under 5:00 left in the 4th that stopped the clock and set up a 3rd and 10, eventually leading the drive to a punt. Had just 4 yards on three carries when running out the clock under 2 minutes.
2018 Week 2 vs NE (10 / 58 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Despite the Jaguars having the lead with 7 minutes into the game and never looking back, Yeldon didn't receive a ton of volume - just 12 (mostly efficient) touches on the day. He did very well getting to the perimeter on shotgun runs and remains extremely reliable in pass protection. He did rotate with Corey Grant, who did excellent in the pass game. The Jaguars did the right thing by staying aggressive throughout the game - against lesser opponents (like the Giants last week) they will be more content with giving their backs the load with a lead.
2018 Week 3 vs TEN (7 / 44 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)
Playing through an ankle injury. You could tell he was playing through pain, but looked good enough as a runner - even behind an offensive line missing two starters. He was noticeably slow releasing and cutting in his routes early, but seemed to get more comfortable as the game went along. He got the offense out from shadow of their goalpost after a Jeremy Parnell false start put them at 1st and 15 from their own 9. He made a catch and run in the flat for 13 yards. Afterwards, he failed the conversion on 3rd and 1 on an inside run from 21 personnel where the backside pursuit stoned him at the LOS.
2018 Week 4 vs NYJ (18 / 52 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 48 / 1 rec)
Yeldon got no work in the first quarter, but once again stepped in effortlessly once Fournette went out. He's just adequate as a runner, but really shines as a receiver. He scored the first touchdown of the day for the Jaguars on a simple checkdown and gained 30 yards after the reception and went untouched for the score. His best run came in the 3rd quarter on an Outside Zone from Shotgun and was patiently able to bounce the play outside after the edge was initially clogged up for a gain of 10. He also had arguably the worst play of any offensive player ñ getting the ball stripped on an inside run at the beginning of the 4th quarter. The Jets ran the recovered fumble back to the six yard line. Their offense took the field and scored their only touchdown of the day. He capped the day off with a short touchdown at the end of a long 4 minute drive to close the game.
2018 Week 5 vs KC (10 / 53 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 69 / 1 rec)
Yeldon showed in for the second consecutive week that he can be a viable producer even when game script tilts out of hand. Against the Jets he scored a receiving touchdown as the Jaguars were en route to blowing New York out. Against the Chiefs, a wheel route touchdown reception in garbage time salvaged Yeldon's day. He simply ran right past the Chiefs linebacker who was trying to defend him in man coverage. Yeldon was very productive running the ball early, he just got gamescripted out of good production on the ground. He did a really good job initiating offense and trying to get things back on track after falling behind 10-0, contributing positive run after positive run. His best carry of the day came on a lead draw on 3rd and 1 that he took for 17 yards.
2018 Week 6 vs DAL (8 / 41 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Yeldon is easily the most consistent player week to week on the Jaguars offense. Unfortunately, poor gameflow situations have negated his overall impact the last two weeks. He has been efficient and productive even with limited carry opportunities or good gameflow. He is getting excellent with his patience and pressing the hole vertically before making his cut. He does not have negative runs. He was responsible for Jaguars' biggest play of the game - a checkdown that went for 20 yards right behind the center after a Play Action fake. A couple of plays later, he busted out a 15 yard run up the middle that was called back on a hold.
2018 Week 7 vs HOU (12 / 28 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 40 / 1 rec)
The inside run game was there for Yeldon early again, but gamescript ruined his day once again. Jags officials have blamed their offensive woes on Fournette (and others') injuries. However, Yeldon has been a very effective runner and pass catcher as gamescript and health have allowed. He keeps his legs moving to grind out extra yards even while met at the line of scrimmage. His power as a runner has really improved over his career. In the second quarter, he had a fantastic pass block, upending a defender who would have come unblocked for a sack. He had the Jaguars' only scoring play of the day. He lined up in shotgun next to Kessler, and chipped the edge rusher before releasing to the flat. He was initially covered, but noticed Kessler scrambling and expanded with him while taking his route upfield. As Kessler got into space, Yeldon was open and made a fantastic, adjusting, off-frame catch for the score. He was responsible for Kessler's interception - a slightly off-frame pass underneath that was very catchable and got tipped in the air off Yeldon's hands.
2018 Week 8 vs PHI (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 83 / 0 rec)
The Jaguars decided to not really feature their best offensive player in TJ Yeldon, because they wanted to feature their new acquisition, Carlos Hyde. He had two carries for 7 yards. Once game script turned against the Jaguars, he proceeded the lead the team in receiving and be their only dependable skill player, as has been the case all season. With Fournette coming back next week, the Jaguars will probably attempt to run different offenses for their different runningbacks and none of them will really get into a flow or have any kind of dependable output.
2018 Week 10 vs IND (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)
Yeldon is back to being a spot-duty receiving back with Fournette out. While his role/touches have been drastically reduced, he still has a place in the offense - as opposed to Carlos Hyde. He did have a 20 yard catch and run in the 2 minute drill to close out the first half, which helped to set up a Josh Lambo field goal.
2018 Week 11 vs PIT (5 / 23 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Despite his high level of play this season, Yeldon received the least amount touches out of the team 's three running backs on Sunday. Yeldon got seven touches - five carries, and two receptions - and was mostly used as a pass blocker. It seemed like the team 's game-plan was to use Leonard Fournette and Carlos Hyde as hammers, with Yeldon spelling each player in passing situations. Yeldon was mostly effective, gaining 23 yards on five carries, but he simply wasn 't given the ball enough to make an impact on the game. You can expect him to catch more than two passes most games, but Yeldon was another piece of what was a disappointing offensive output against the Steelers.
2018 Week 12 vs BUF (3 / 16 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Yeldon remains essentially a two-minute back only at this point. He did have some nice catches at the end of the second quarter, but the drive ended with a Bortles interception. He's going to depart in free agency after this season, and is going to make a great pickup for another team.
2018 Week 13 vs IND (8 / 16 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 49 / 0 rec)
Yeldon got the start in this game and led the team in both receptions and receiving yards. With Fournette out of the picture, he saw his workload increase again and was extremely efficient with his touches. He has done everything the Jaguars could have asked him this year, and he will honestly be a key loss for them this offseason.
2018 Week 14 vs TEN (1 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Yeldon had a reception on third and long that ended up short of the sticks. Otherwise he was barely heard from in this loss.
2018 Week 15 vs WAS (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Yeldon was active for this game, unlike Carlos Hyde. However, he barely saw the field in this game and recorded only a handful of touches.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2015 Week 1 vs CAR (12 / 51 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Yeldon played very well in his professional debut. His statline wasn't gaudy because Jacksonville got away from their run game (their two-minute drill that led to a touchdown at the end of the first half was fool's gold that caused them to start throwing the ball too often in the second half). The right side of the Jax offensive line is much better than the right side - his first 3 carries to the left side totaled 8 yards. The next two carries were to the right and went for 14 and then 11 yards. On that first carry to the right side, he had a very pretty stutter step on the safety that allowed him to pop off for some additional yardage. He also showed good quickness in the open field on a Swing pass where the wide receiver picked the linebacker. Had a goalline carry in the first half, but there was no room on the play and it was stuffed.
2015 Week 2 vs MIA (25 / 70 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
Getting much more comfortable with his patience and allowing blocks to get set up on the first level. He hadad a drop in the second quarter on a pass thrown behind him off a Bortles scramble, but continues to receive targets in the pass game. Will continue getting volume, especially with Denard Robinson spraining his MCL. Once Robinson exited the game, Yeldon was pulled off the field sparingly (the subs wouldn't get more than a play or two at a time, as opposed to whole drives like Robinson). The overall rushing output isn't quite there yet because he's having to work hard just to get 4-6 yard gains. A lot of runs simply don't have a chance because the blocking at the first level is still average at best on most plays.
2015 Week 3 vs NE (11 / 33 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Gameflow never really allowed Yeldon to get going in this game. He got a decent amount of work in the first half, but the Patriots front seven did a good job of containing him. His best work is still coming on plays where he can hit the cutback, as the Jaguars are struggling at the point of attack along the offensive line. He also continues to get targets in the pass game. He had a conversion for a 1st down on 3rd-and-2, converting a flat pass into nice YAC. Got back-to-back targets on a drive midway thru the first, one went for almost no gain, the second he dropped over the middle (and was almost intercepted).
2015 Week 4 vs IND (22 / 105 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
Yeldon recorded his first 100 yard game and continues to receive a ton of volume. He received a redzone carry on the second drive, and got four yards but no touchdown. He is having to do too much work before he can get to the line of scrimmage. He finally popped a big run in overtime (36 yards), the first run of the day where he did not have to make a move before the line of scrimmage.
2015 Week 5 vs TB (11 / 32 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 31 / 1 rec)
Yeldon recorded his first NFL touchdown on a catch in the back of the endzone off a Bortles scramble (Jacksonville has been extremely pass happy inside the 5 yard line this year). He continues to get a ton of work in both the pass and run game, and I can't see his volume decreasing at all this year. He continually does good work before the line of scrimmage in the run game, avoiding contact and creating extra yardage.
2015 Week 7 vs BUF (20 / 115 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Despite being sidelined last week, Yeldon was the engine that drove the offense against Buffalo. He had a long touchdown run in the second quarter where he broke a tackle in the backfield and found a crease to take it to the house. All season long, it's been said that Yeldon is creating even without great blocking and that big plays were coming, and it seems like it's finally happening.
2015 Week 9 vs NYJ (14 / 64 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Yeldon had good early pass game involvement. He broke one long run late in the game, but for the most part was held in check on the ground against a very good Jets front. He got tentative in pass protection, and the basis of the Jets' game plan was Cover 1 blitzes and gaming him in pass pro to get a free rusher.
2015 Week 10 vs BAL (18 / 61 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 6 / 0 rec)
Yeldon's writeup could be the a copy/paste every week. He gets the absolute most out of what's blocked for him, but isn't really explosive enough to get numbers without volume. He's a rhythm and patience runner and needs touches, especially in the second half of games.
2015 Week 11 vs TEN (14 / 54 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Yeldon was a gametime decision and started on a short week, so he was rotated out a little more than normal. He had a good chunk run on a beautifully blocked counter play on the second drive. He sat most of the second quarter as the team let Robinson get some extended work. He showed why the team needs to start getting him more involved in the passing game again, converting a third and long on a short route out of the backfield.
2015 Week 12 vs SD (9 / 36 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)
Yeldon was productive when he got his touches in the first half in both the run and pass game. The team refuses to feature him in the redzone - the team having one rushing touchdown TOTAL all season shows that this is a playcalling/philosophical issue and not limited to just Yeldon (although he is more of a finesse slasher than a hammer). Because of their inability to score touchdowns instead of field goals, the team is usually playing from behind in the second half, which limits his volume through the course of the game.
2015 Week 13 vs TEN (15 / 57 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 79 / 0 rec)
Scored the first touchdown of the day from the one-yard line on a quick slant. He was mostly quiet after that as the passing offense basically went through Allen Robinson. He should probably be getting Marqise Lee's snaps and targets.
2015 Week 14 vs IND (11 / 62 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Yeldon made a statement very first drive - he got solid blocking running to the right side on the first level and broke tackles on the second level to break off two 10+ yard runs. Yeldon was getting big runs almost every time he touched the ball. As explosive as Robinson was after replacing Yeldon when he exited the game with injury in the third quarter, Yeldon still finished the game as as the leading rusher.