Jaguars 2017 position grades: Running backs
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By Jay Johnson

With our positional previews out of the way for the quarterbacks and defensive ends, it’s now time to look at another important position in which the Jacksonville Jaguars flourished at: running back. The Jags finished as the NFL’s No. 1 rushing attack, and simply put, it’s what helped their offense to progress without arguably its best player in Allen Robinson.

In last April’s draft, the Jags did exactly what most expected and took a running back in the first-round to help out quarterback Blake Bortles. Leonard Fournette was the player they gave that responsibility to and for the most part, he did not disappoint. He finished the regular season with 268 carries for 1,040 yards and nine rushing touchdowns, leading the way as the enforcer of the Jags’ smashmouth offense. Additionally, he led the postseason in rushing as well with 242 yards and four touchdowns.

Chris Ivory, on the other hand, was probably the player on the Jags’ running back corps to have the most disappointing season and finish 2017 with just 112 carries for 382 yards. Late in the season, he became relatively ineffective and the Jags started to implement T.J. Yeldon into the mix more. That was especially the case in the postseason as he was inactive in the Jags’ last two games. When considering this and the fact that he could save the Jags $3.68 million if they let him go, one would think it’s unlikely he’ll be returning in...

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