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TJ Yeldon looks set to become Jacksonville Jaguars starting running back

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It's an interesting time to be a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars, with a bit more positivity surrounding the team than in recent years.

The Jaguars have a young quarterback in Blake Bortles who they will be hoping can unleash the great potential that he has to become one of the best young QB's in the league, while the Jags finally gave him a real target with the free agency signing of former Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas on a big contract.

And then we get to the running back situation, where reports today state that the Jags are ready to make a rookie their number one guy straight away.

Young Yeldon Starting

According to a report from the Jaguars official website, T.J. Yeldon seems set to be named the starting running back in Jacksonville after impressing so far in OTA's.

"Like veterans such as tight end Julius Thomas and wide receiver Ace Sanders, running back T.J. Yeldon has impressed early in OTAs," the report from John Oehser states. "The second-round selection from Alabama is expected to be the starter as a rookie, and he has shown versatility as a runner and receiver – as well as noteworthy quickness as a runner."

Teammates Impressed

It isn't just people on the periphery noticing what Yeldon is doing straight out of college. The former Alabama Crimson Tide star is also catching the attention of teammates, with Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny piling on the praise.

“He looks really good in short-area change of direction,” Posluszny said. “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.”

Last year, the Jaguars signed running back Toby Gerhart to a three-year, $10.5 million contract. They moved Denard Robinson from a wildcat QB to running back and they drafted running back Storm Johnson out of UCF.

Gerhart is now being moved over and will likely become a fullback, blocking for Yeldon and Bortles next year, while Johnson looks genuinely like he could end up not making the 53-man roster at all, when it comes down to it.


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