T.J. Yeldon could be in danger of getting cut in Jacksonville

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T.J. Yeldon was the Jaguars’ No. 1 running back last year, but that doesn’t mean his job is safe this year.

Yeldon could be a surprise cut this year, according to Mike Kaye of WTLV.

Last season Yeldon led the Jaguars with 130 carries for 465 yards. But this year the Jaguars spent the fourth overall pick in the draft on running back Leonard Fournette, and it appears that Fournette and Chris Ivory will be the 1-2 punch in the running game.

Yeldon was third on the team with 50 catches last season, so that might seem to make him safe as a third-down back. But if the Jaguars think Fournette is ready to handle the pass protection and route-running that come with third-down work, that might make Yeldon expendable. Especially since Yeldon has never played special teams, which is usually a must for a third-string running back to get a roster spot.

Yeldon is only 23 years old and has shown some promise since the Jaguars took him in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft. But he may need to show more if he wants to ensure himself a job.

29 responses to “T.J. Yeldon could be in danger of getting cut in Jacksonville

  1. I really like Ivory’s running style … until it gets him injured and on the bench. They’ve got plenty of room for Yeldon, especially since he’s still on a rookie contract. If he’s smart, though, he’ll ask to be put on special teams, to help with job security next year.

  2. @finsphan
    Pats already have a long jam at RB. A good player will be cut. So why make matters worse? Indy could use a running back, a pass catching one at that. Gore is old. He will fade sometime soon.

  3. “Yeldon could be the lead back in Indy, SF or either New York team right now”

    Carlos Hyde averaged 4.6 yards a carry and ran for almost 1,000 yards in 13 games behind one of the worst run blocking lines in football. Pretty sure Yeldon does not worry him.

  4. finsphan says:
    Jun 12, 2017 12:54 PM
    Over/under on Pat’s fans “come to NE and win a title” comments?

    I’m calling 3 1/2.
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    Yeldon probably wouldn’t be able to make the Patriots roster. Already loaded with a diverse group of RB’s.

  5. gbpackfan3 says:

    Jun 12, 2017 1:08 PM

    Yeldon could be the lead back in Indy, SF or either New York team right now
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    Have you seen Yeldon at the NFL level, guy hasn’t showed much and is on his way to being a total bust of a pick.

    Old man Gore is currently still a better back than Yeldon.

    Carlos Hyde is much better than Yeldon and SF seems pretty high on Joe Williams as well.

    Bilal Powell and Forte are both much better than Yeldon.

    Maybe he could be a rotational player for the NY Giants, but nothing more.

  6. As a Jags fan, this story is crap! Just a writer making stories up during the dead season. TJ will be the Jags 3rd down back period.

  7. As a Jags fan, I endorse removing TJ from the field. But cutting him? No.. It’d be for the 7th rounder next year we gave up to get Branden Albert.

  8. The article doesn’t mention that he had 312 receiving yards for a combined 777 yards. He’ll find a home somewhere with that level of productivity.

  9. Chris Ivory: 625 yards, 3TD, $6M cap, $2M back cap if cut
    TJ Yeldon: 777 yds, 2 TD, $1.6M cap, $900k back if cut

    I think you can see who should be cut (hint: it isn’t Yeldon)

  10. I dont see him getting cut. I agree with some others here who said he will probably be 3rd down back.

    That being said – he was not drafted in 2nd rd to be a 3rd down back. ANOTHER bad pick by Caldwell. On top of that – while he has a little bit of shiftiness/acceleration he looks physically weak and is only slightly above “just a guy”.

    If the Jags line under TC and Marrone does improve greatly – Fournette will be getting most of that benefit. I see Yeldon playing this year and barring a big year gets cut next year.

  11. It would be foolish to cut him at his current contract price…. Ivory usually is hurt & Fornette hasn’t played a down yet…. 3 RB’s are a must for injury & depth…. He’s going nowhere…

  12. The fact that TY Yeldon has a job and Kaep doesn’t says all you need to know about the NFL owners…I think my last NFL purchase will be a Kaep Jersey…..

  13. Why would they cut him?
    Yeldon as a 3rd back isn’t a bad idea in case of injury.

    I mean.. Corey Grant and whoever else we have in the backfield aren’t world beaters…
    And is contract is nothing…

  14. jvw1982 says:
    Jun 12, 2017 3:22 PM
    The fact that TY Yeldon has a job and Kaep doesn’t says all you need to know about the NFL owners…I think my last NFL purchase will be a Kaep Jersey…..

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    If Kap was good enough, he’d be signed. Geez…
    If Tebow was good enough, he’d be signed….
    If Manziel was good enough………

    I think you get the point.
    Kap, the poster child of flash in a pan QB

  15. jvw1982 says:
    Jun 12, 2017 3:22 PM
    The fact that TY Yeldon has a job and Kaep doesn’t says all you need to know about the NFL owners…I think my last NFL purchase will be a Kaep Jersey…..
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    A point Kaep apologists conveniently neglect in their diatribes…Kaep opted out of his contract.
    So basically he quit…the 9ers didn’t cut him, the NFL didn’t cut him…he quit.
    Really a dumb move on his part after his shenanigans during the season.

  16. Yeldon always ran too upright as a taller RB for me when he was at Alabama. I’m not an NFL scout, but I’ve never seen an NFL running back run upright like Yeldon did.

    He had talent, but it just worried me that he was tall and ran upright. Most have some slight forward lean to their running style.

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