The Jacksonville Jaguars are developing a very crowded backfield heading into the 2013 season.
Perhaps no player on the roster bubble helped himself more than running back Jordan Todman during Saturday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Jaguars third preseason game. The Jaguars entire rushing offense looked sharp against a very over matched Eagles defense, averaging 5.9 yards per carry for the night, but Todman left a lasting impression.
Todman was given a team high 8 carries on Saturday in which he racked up 105 yards, including an impressive 63-yard touchdown on a cutback run. With the final cuts looming next week, Todman has given the Jaguars coaching staff something to think about when deciding which running backs will make the team.
The Jaguars already have an established starter in Maurice Jones-Drew and most people expect Justin Forsett to serve as his primary backup this season, despite the fact that he has missed the entire preseason with a toe injury. The Jaguars are also going to keep rookie Denard Robinson, who has also gotten tons of looks from the backfield this preseason. Most would consider keeping a fourth running back a bit of overkill, but keeping Todman could make sense if he can become a key special teams contributor.
Todman came to the Jaguars last November when they signed him off of the Minnesota Vikings practice squad to help bolster their depth at the position. He has one more preseason game on Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons to make his case for a spot on the Jaguars 53-man roster and he figures to get a significant amount of reps with the starters expected to play little if at all.
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