The Jacksonville Jaguars only have two games left before their season is officially over and even though the team has no chance to get into the playoffs, the two remaining contests could be very important for the future of the franchise.
The Jags are now competing to get a good draft pick for next year and while they aren’t necessarily tanking the rest of the year – something they could’ve done when the team was 0-8 and playing the worst football of the NFL – there’s no reason to risk their most important players in two games that aren’t exactly meaningful.
The organization already decided to shut down WR Cecil Shorts III for the reminder of the year and while his status is uncertain toward the weekend matchup against the Tennessee Titans, they should take the same route with Maurice Jones-Drew because the team already has someone who can fill his shoes in these next two games in Jordan Todman.
Todman started his first career game last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills and even though he couldn’t find the end zone, he rushed for more than 100 yards and tallied almost 150 total yards in the game. The weekend matchup against the Titans and the next against the Indianapolis Colts could be good ones for him, as these two divisional rivals aren’t exactly known for their ability to stop the running game consistently.
Possessing a similar skill set to that of MJD’s, Todman is a very good option for the team in the reminder of the year and possibly toward the next season. He’s young, athletic and he proved he’s able to produce against the Bills. If he can do something similar against the Titans and Colts, then Todman could even be in line for a bigger role in 2014.
In order to see it happen, though, Todman needs to have chances to get on to the field. With Jones-Drew unlikely to play, head coach Gus Bradley should trust the team’s rushing attack to Todman. It’s the only way to see if he has what it takes to succeed at this level.