The Jaguars are obviously high on RB Rashad Jennings, whose strong offseason has made the potential absence of Maurice Jones-Drew easier to swallow — at least for now.
But it’s important to note what Jones-Drew’s holdout and Jenning’s elevation to starter does to the depth of the RB corps. Now backing up Jennings is Montell Owens, who has amassed just 14 career rushing attempts for 83 yards and two touchdowns in his six-year NFL career with the Jaguars.
Owens has been a stud on special teams throughout his career, but that is an awfully small sample size to be overly confident in his abilities as a runner, the way we hear it. No. 3 on the depth chart is Jalen Parmele, who has even less experience toting the rock, with just seven career rushing attempts in four seasons.
Also of concern for the Jaguars’ ground game is an offensive line that has more closely resembled a MASH unit this offseason. The good news is that the injuries sustained by OLT Eugene Monroe (concussion) and OLG Will Rackley (high ankle sprain) should not prevent both players from being in the lineup Week One. However, a lack of continuity along the O-line could have a negative impact early on.