Chris Ivory to Jacksonville Jaguars, Two Backs Lose Value
In a head scratching move the Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms with Chris Ivory. Ivory, at 6’0, 222 pounds, finished last year with 1,287 total yards and 8 touchdowns. His 247 carries mark the first time he had over 200 carries in a season. He’s a power runner that has averaged 4.6 yards per carry throughout his career, but has often battled the injury bug. While he is talented (when healthy) the move makes little sense as the Jaguars drafted 6’1″, 225 pound T.J. Yeldon last year.
Yeldon ran for 740 yards on 182 carries (4.1 ypc). He only ran for two scores with on of them coming on a 28-yard run. It appears that Ivory will be handed the goal line work. Yeldon caught 36 passes. Ivory caught 30.
This will be an interesting battle to watch but it just feels like a full blown running back by committee approach. It may work for the team, but it will be frustrating for fantasy owners.