Jacksonville Jaguars NFL : what Leonard Fournette could mean to the team
After two weeks into the Jaguars’ organized team activities, there has been no change in Coach Doug Marone’s running back rotation.
Seven-year veteran Chris Ivory is getting all the work with the first team while prized first-round pick Leonard Fournette continues to work with the second unit.
However, Marrone said there’s nothing to read into it other than Fournette and second-round pick offensive lineman Cam Robinson are going have to earn their spots. Yet, it’s widely assumed both will likely be starting for the upcoming Sept. 10 opener against Houston.
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“We’re in there and we’re playing those guys through,’’ Marrone said. “A lot of times when people come in to your team, and I’ve said this before, they have to earn things. And Chris has to earn it, too. But right now, we’re not really playing. Once we start going, then you’re going to be earning it on a daily basis. If someone doesn’t do a good job one day, they may be moved down and someone moved up.’’
The Jaguars are desperate to revive their ground game to lessen the pressure on quarterback Blake Bortles, who had his share of problems that contributed to the Jaguars’ 3-13 record in 2016.
Fournette is expected to be the workhorse, while T.J. Yeldon will likely to be used on third-down situations as a passing option out of the backfield. What role the Jaguars have in mind for Ivory remains unclear. But it has been speculated since Fournette’s arrival that Ivory could be the odd man out, though, Yeldon has not participated in any OTA work yet because of an undisclosed injury.
Ivory, though, hasn’t paid any attention to any forecasting of his demise.
“One thing about it, people and everybody are going to have their opinions,’’ Ivory said. “Mainly, the people that know nothing about football. They don’t know the things we go through to get to this point. What we actually face before we come out for those games.
“Most of the stuff the people on the outside see are the mistakes and the bad things you do. It’s not always going to go the way you want. I think a lot of people that like to see guys get a 1,000 yards each year, but it just don’t work that way.’’