Fournette, Ivory, Yeldon expected to 'split carries' at first
By Stuart Whitaker • Jacksonville Jaguars • T.J. Yeldon • Chris Ivory • Leonard Fournette • Aug 9, 2017JACKSONVILLE, FL - JULY 28: Runningback Leonard Fournette #27 of the Jacksonville Jaguars works out during Training Camp at Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields on July 28, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
- Mike Kaye of First Coast News expects that Leonard Fournette, the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, will at least initially “likely split carries” with Jacksonville Jaguars teammates Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon.
- The Jaguars made a significant investment in Ivory when they signed him as a free agent in March 2016 on a five-year, $32 million contract. This followed a season with the New York Jets whereby he posted the best PFF overall grade in his career of 77.2, with a PFF breakaway (percentage of yards coming from runs of 15-plus yards) of 40.7 percent, which ranked fifth out of 52 eligible running backs. Ivory struggled with injuries last season, starting only one game, in the process posting a career-low PFF overall grade of 44.2.
- In Ivory’s absence, the bulk of the work was left to 2015 second-round draft pick T.J. Yeldon. Yeldon posted a PFF overall grade of 72.8, which was down on his 2015 grade of 79.1, where he also had a PFF elusive rating (a running back’s success beyond the point of being helped by his blockers) of 48.9, which ranked 17th out of 52 eligible backs.
- In 2015, during his time at LSU, Fournette posted an overall grade of 96.1, the highest grade of the PFF era recorded for a running back. This included an elusive rating of 111.5, forcing a total of 95 missed tackles.