JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS UPDATE 

lJAGS TALK ABOUT RUNNING THE BALL BETTER BUT CONTINUE TO COME UP SHORT

The Jaguars talk about how important it is to have a stout running game complement their passing attack. But for four of the five weeks that's all it's been just a lot of talk.

With that rushing attack lagging near the bottom of the NFL rankings, there's plenty of blame to go around.

As the Sports Xchange notes, there are no rookie starters on the offensive line or in the backfield, and four of the starting five on the line were counted on as starters from the first day of training camp. Ditto with the team's top rushers in T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory.

So why isn't the running game better?

Some think the offensive line isn't playing with the type of urgency to be successful, and head coach Gus Bradley seems to agree.

"I think that is in the discussion for all of us. We are taking a look at it," Bradley said. "I think you look at, first, how are we coming off the ball? You look at double teams and are we getting movement on double teams? On the zone scheme, are we targeting correctly? Sometimes when you do a zone scheme if you are not targeting correctly why aren't we? What are the factors that are keeping us from targeting?"

"Double teams what is keeping us from double teaming? Is there some uncertainty there or what is it that is keeping us from being aggressive? I think those are the factors we are looking at right now."

Only in the Indianapolis game, when they rushed for 136 yards, have the Jaguars rushed for more than 60 yards in a game.

If they can't gain yardage on the ground against a porous Oakland defense that ranks third from last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed and rushing yards per attempt, the Jaguars may not be able to run the ball on any team this year.

Jacksonville will make every attempt to have Yeldon and Ivory be integral parts of the offensive game plan tomorrow.

So how can fantasy owners divine which will be busier?

As ESPN's Mike Clay reminded readers, with the Jaguars coming off of their bye week last Sunday, it was fair to wonder if Ivory's role would expand.

Although he did lead the team with 11 carries, Clay notes that Ivory was on the field for only 22 snaps. Yeldon was limited to six carries, but was on the field for 34 snaps.

Both players were targeted twice, but Yeldon ran 24 routes to Ivory's eight.

Clay summed up: "It's clear that Yeldon remains the lead back, but this committee will continue to limit both players to flex territory in fantasy."


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