The Jacksonville Jaguars have been busy the last two days making big moves in the free agency pools. In addition to pulling in two big defensive players in Malik Jackson and Tashaun Gipson, they signed running back Chris Ivory away from the New York Jets.
This has proven to be a pretty surprising move for the team after the drafted T.J. Yeldon so high in the second round of last year’s draft. However, it doesn’t seem like Ivory is going to be labeled as the starter as NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington reports that General Manager David Caldwell wants to see the two get pretty even carries.
On acquisition of Chris Ivory, who joins T.J. Yeldon as Jags’ top RBs: "They’ll probably split carries.” …Key is keeping both guys fresh.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) March 10, 2016
During his rookie season in 2015, Yeldon rushed for 740 yards and two touchdowns, while catching 36 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown. He made 12 starts throughout the season before missing the final four games of the season with an ankle injury.
For Chris Ivory, he went for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career last year. He also added on a career-high seven touchdowns and 217 receiving yards.
This could end up being a great pairing for the Jaguars, who seem to just be a few great pieces away from being a contender in the AFC South for years to come.
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