JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars had all five running backs active last Sunday for the first time this season and coach Doug Marrone said the team has to figure out a better way to allocate snaps and carries than they did against the Los Angeles Chargers.
In his first action after missing the last two games, Leonard Fournette had 17 carries and two receptions in 45 snaps. T.J. Yeldon, who had been inactive the first six games, had three carries and six catches in 31 snaps. Chris Ivory, who is the Jaguars' second-leading rusher, carried the ball just once and caught one pass in only eight snaps.
That wasn't an ideal mix at running back, especially since Marrone said Fournette tweaked his ankle late in the game (though he did return and touched the ball on six of the Jaguars' 11 offensive plays in overtime). It's something the Jaguars will try to figure out against Cleveland on Sunday.
"T.J. [Yeldon] did a good job, we had Chris in there at the end [of regulation] in crucial situations," Marrone said. "It's the same thing I think when you have three good backs. I think after every game you can pretty much say, 'How did you do this? How did you do that?' We pretty much just got to keep managing it and just do a better job of it and that starts with me."
Ivory got his only carry in the second quarter and turned out to be significant because it kept his streak alive of having at least one carry in every game that he's played. It's interesting that Ivory has had three of his four fewest-carry outings as a member of the Jaguars: One on Sunday, two against the Los Angeles Rams earlier this season, and four against Tennessee last season. Ivory also had a three-carry game while he was with the New York Jets.
Expect there to be a somewhat more equitable distribution against the Browns, especially if Fournette is still impacted by an ankle injury.