And Addai is the main back in Indy - no doubt about it. It's really not even that close.
What about him? He strung together a couple decent games last year, but MJD put up amazing stats for his limited touches. Jacksonville I could easily easily swinging to the featured RB group.
I totally agree with you on Addai though. Rhodes will only get to hang around as injury insurance and to spell Addai.
I know what everyone is saying regarding MJD but it seems like nobody is even remembering last year when people were screaming about how good Tatum Bell was with limited touches and how he'd be such an amazing back if just given 20+ carries.
I'm not saying the same thing will happen here, but it would be tough to discount it for me come draft day. Besides, if Jacksonville can get the same or better production from their "feature" back I don't see why they would want to change anything.
MJD had several games where he was the feature back (when Taylor was injured) and performed at a very high level.
Jacksonville is an interesting situation. You have a new OC who is noted for his passing acumen combined with a team that traditionally runs a run-heavy attack. What little information I've been able to find on Koetter indicates that he's also known for building the offense around the players he has - though I'm not sure how that makes him much different from any good coach.
I see Jacksonville running more two- and three-back sets, using Taylor as the two-down "feature" back, MJD as a change-of-pace and receiving threat, and G-Jones in short-yardage situations and as a block-and-go receiving option. Ironically, this might increase Taylor's value because, of course, he'll be less prone to injury.
The big question is whether the Jags will be able to establish the pass next year. If they do, I think Taylor's value goes up as he's more suited to a first or second-down back and will have more opportunities to play against pass coverage and break out for serious yards.
As for the other backs, LaBrandon Toefield is also talented, and would likely have filled in admirably as Taylor's replacement last season when he was injured had not MJD been there. Alvin Pearman continues to see playing time exclusively on special teams as a returner, and Derrick Wimbush and Montell Owens are dropped like third period French.
I wouldn't take any Jacksonville backs in the first two rounds of the draft, though potentially Taylor could sneak into the latter half of the second. I think Taylor at late second/early third and MJD at late third/early fourth is about right. Jones might be worth a late-round flyer in deep leagues, but that's about it. None of the real backups will see significant playing time on the offensive side of the ball.
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