Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon has yet to live up to his second-round selection through his first two seasons in the league and could potentially find himself on the chopping block during training camp.
Jaguars beat reporter Mike Kaye speculates that Yeldon could be the team’s surprise cut ahead of the 2017 season, especially after selecting running back Leonard Fournette with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Yeldon, 23, has recorded 1,205 rushing yards, 591 receiving yards, and has scored five touchdowns through two seasons, but is expected to be the team’s third-string running back entering training camp.
Fournette and running back Chris Ivory are expected to lead the team’s backfield in 2017. If Jacksonville’s rookie running back is able to prove himself a viable third-down option during training camp, the Jaguars could look to part ways with Yeldon.
The 6-foot-1, 223-pound running back finished the 2016 season with the third most receptions (50) on the team but may need to carve out a role on special teams to earn a roster spot this season. Yeldon has yet to play a snap on special teams in his first two years, while running back Corey Grant has the experience and speed to succeed as a returner.
Yeldon can surely secure himself a roster spot with an impressive training camp and preseason, but his 2015 second-round draft selection is unlikely to hold any weight as he tries to earn a spot on the team’s 53-man roster.