Nobody has separated themselves in Jacksonville’s backfield.
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was noncommittal when asked who will be the team’s starting running back.
“We will see how this week goes, but they both are going to get a lot of playing time,” Bradley said, according to ESPN.
Jacksonville signed Chris Ivory in March. Ivory enjoyed the best season of his career last year while with the New York Jets. The seventh-year running back had his first 1,000-yard season (1,070) and scored a career-high seven touchdowns.
When Jacksonville acquired Ivory he was expected to top Jacksonville’s depth chart. But second-year running back T.J. Yeldon has impressed the Jaguars coaching staff. The running back has shown improved vision and is more spry than his veteran counterpart.
The Alabama product rushed for 49 yards on just seven carries during the preseason. While Ivory carried 10 times for 29 yards.
Yeldon started 12 games for the Jaguars last season and rushed for 740 yards on 182 carries.
It’s likely Jacksonville will use a running back-by-committee approach with Ivory and Yeldon splitting reps evenly until one separates more.
It’s a good problem to have two capable running backs. The two will have a solid test Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers.