It’s early in the NFL off-season, the first week of OTAs to be exact, but Jacksonville Jaguars rookie T.J. Yeldon has already done enough for Jaguars.com to tab him as the projected starting running back heading into the the 2015 season. The former Alabama Crimson Tide back was selected with the No. 36 overall pick (2nd round) of the NFL Draft.
The Jaguars do have several more experienced players on the roster at the position, but Yeldon seems like the most logical choice to start at this point. Toby Gerhart didn’t do much after receiving a three-year free agent deal last off-season and Denard Robinson just isn’t big enough to carry the load at running back in the NFL. Second year back Storm Johnson had a nice collegiate career but was really just a seventh round flier.
So far, the real gem of the group looks like Yeldon. He is even drawing praise from veteran linebacker Paul Posluszny, “He looks really good in short-area change of direction. He looks really, really good there. It’s, ‘How does a guy move in space? How athletic is he?’ That’s what stands out. With him, he definitely has it.”
That has to be music to the ears of of Jaguars fans who haven’t had a real answer at running back since Maurice Jones-Drew’s departure.