The Jacksonville Jaguars defense finished 2014 ranked 27th against the run. The return of a healthy Paul Posluszny, along with the addition of Dan Skuta will help the team become more respectable in that area.
We're going to look at the very best running backs that the Jaguars will face in 2015.
McCoy is one of the most explosive running backs in football and he's a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the football. New Bills' head coach Rex Ryan is committed to running the football and who better to hand it to than McCoy. The Jaguars will have to stay in their lanes as McCoy is arguably the best cutback runner since the great Barry Sanders. Hopefully there will be some wet turf in London on October 25th that will slow down Shady.
The Jaguars have the unenviable task of trying to shut down Arian Foster not once, but twice. Foster has hurt the Jaguars in the past and he's clearly the Texans biggest weapon on offense, even in his advanced age (he'll be 29 when the season begins). The Jaguars will likely try and stack up the line of scrimmage to stop Foster and although it worked in the final meeting between the two teams last year, Jacksonville still lost. Stacking up the line leaves the secondary on an island and guys like DeAndre Hopkins can do damage.
Although Drew Brees gets most of the headlines (and rightfully so), the Saints have a very good running back in Mark Ingram. The 25-year old Ingram averaged 4.3 yards per carry last season and had career highs with 964 yards rushing and nine touchdowns while splitting carries. Ingram is good enough to be a featured back and the Saints rewarded him with a new contract and they will likely increase his usage in 2015.
There isn't any NFL tape on Melvin Gordon, as he's a rookie, but there was a reason he was a Heisman finalist and a first-round pick. Gordon is as explosive as any running back that's come out in the draft in years and he's proven that he can run between the tackles. The Jaguars will have more than 2/3 of a season of tape on Gordon when the two teams meet on Thanksgiving Weekend, but that might be enough to scare defensive coordinator Bob Babich.
Frank Gore isn't the best running back in the NFL at any individual area, but he's been extremely productive throughout his 10-year career. Gore has over 11,000 career rushing yards and he seemingly always falls forward and makes the most out of his carries. Gore is a tough runner and will not face another 8-man box as long as he's in Indianapolis playing with Andrew Luck.
Who Are The Best RB's The Jaguars Will Face?
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