By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)
Beanie Wells is not like any tailback the Jaguars have had on its roster before. At 6’2” and nearly 230 pounds, the former first round pick of the Arizona Cardinals met with brass from Jacksonville with the hope of becoming part of the team’s running back rotation.
Right now, the team has a pack of “smaller” backs. including Maurice Jones-Drew, Justin Forsett and Denard Robinson. Lonnie Pryor, a undrafted free agent, could be the starting fullback when the team opens the season against Kansas City, but he is also undersized. Wells appears to be a runner who can move a pile of defenders with raw power.
I like the idea of someone like Wells possibly becoming a part of this franchise. The idea of someone who is not yet 25 years old with experience in this league is valuable to this team. Wells can move defenders and keep the Jags defense on the field. He also can spell MJD should the foot injury he suffered last season and had surgery at the beginning of this year on not allow him to be ready at the beginning of the season.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, Justin Forsett is listed as the team’s second-string tailback. The former Houston Texan’s runner showed flashes of brilliance in time given to him last season. He is a little bit bigger than Jones-Drew, but runs around defenders rather than through them.
The team expects Denard Robinson to be the “spark plug” of this offense, getting 10-15 touches a game running, catching and in the return game. It is also possible he could play behind center in certain situations.
The Jaguars running game needs a boost no matter who makes this roster. Last year, the team gained fewer than 1,400 yards on the ground. Maurice Jones-Drew played in six games and led the team in rushing yards for the season. Having players who are different in size, speed and talent could really make this unit exponentially better in 2013.
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