As the Jaguars get set to host the Ravens Sunday, they got good news that it looks as though veteran RB Chris Ivory appears to be a “go” for making his debut in week three. But, it’s complicated to figure out how good he or the Jags running game in general will be at Everbank Field.
Ivory is returning after what is still a mysterious “general illness” that suddenly overtook him at the team hotel prior to the September 11th opener with the Packers. Ivory was transported by ambulance to the hospital where he stayed for several days.
And even though he’s returned to practice, it’s still also unknown how long or effective Ivory will be, especially in the forcasted heat. The Jags haven’t gotten much out of second year RB T.J. Yeldon, so far in 2016 either. He’s not totaled 100 yards yet in the two Jacksonville losses and is averaging a measly 2.4 yards per carry.
However, the Baltimore run defense has been just so-so allowing 105 yards average to Buffalo and Cleveland in the first two match-ups. Then, you dig a little deeper, they are giving up 4.5 yards per carry tied for third worst in the AFC.
So will the Jags run it well on Sunday? One more variable: left tackle Kelvin Beachum is already out with a concussion, and center Brandon Linder could not practice Thursday or Friday after a sprained knee in Wednesday’s practice. That’s a bad sign for trying to establish the ground game.
If you have them in fantasy, Ivory and Yeldon appear to be a “sit” if you have other options. And if you are Jaguars fan, you are hoping that all of the above is just talk and there will be some numbers that Ivory or Yeldon or both get for QB Blake Bortles and the rest of the offense some balance.