While the Jacksonville Jaguars are clearly set at starting running back with Maurice Jones-Drew, the rest of the depth chart still offers a couple of question marks as the regular season draws near.
It’s assumed that Justin Forsett is the No. 2 running back, but who will own the No. 3 slot when Week 1 rolls around? If the preseason is any indicator, Jordan Todman could have a place on the 53-man roster when the Jaguars make their final cuts.
A 2011 sixth-round pick out of Connecticut, Todman has bounced around the league since being drafted by the San Diego Chargers. He spent some time with the Minnesota Vikings in 2011 and 2012 before signing with the Jaguars midway through last season.
Initially considered a roster longshot, Todman has turned heads this offseason while battling with Denard Robinson and Jonathan Grimes for the No. 3 running back job. In three preseason appearances with the Jaguars, Todman has picked up 163 rushing yards – the third-largest total during the preseason – and one touchdown on 20 carries (8.2 yards per carry).
His big moment came last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, when Todman broke off an electric 63-yard touchdown scamper. Even with that run factored out, though, he’s still averaging a respectable 5.26 yards per carry.
More than likely, Todman isn’t going to be a significant part of the Jaguars’ ground game if he does make the roster. However, his preseason performance has put him on the NFL radar and proven that he’s more than a camp body.
Todman might not be a lock for the 53-man roster, but the Jaguars have definitely taken notice of his abilities.