The Jacksonville Jaguars finished their season with a 7-9 record, and depending on who you talk to, 2009 was either a nice surprise or a bitter disappointment. However you look at it, 2009 is over and it’s time to reflect on the play at each position and what we can expect going forward. We are are now going to look at the running back position.
Maurice Jones-Drew - 312 rushes, 1,391 rushing yards, 4.5 yards per carry, 15 rushing touchdowns
The good: Maurice Jones-Drew was voted to the Pro-Bowl and continued his dazzling play.
The not so good: There were games where Jones-Drew was "stoppable", and he seemed to slow down towards the end of the season.
Going forward: Maurice should continue to be one of the best running backs in the NFL. He's shown no signs of slowing down, however it would be nice if he could have some weight taken off his shoulders with a consistent passing attack, which would allow him to run against something other than an eight-man front.
Rashad Jennings - 39 rushes, 202 rushing yards, 5.2 yards per carry, 1 rushing touchdown
The good: Jennings at times showed an ability to run with power and speed.
The not so good: It took a while for Rashad Jennings to get going. Most of his rushes early in the season went for minimal yardage, but he improved as the season went on.
Going forward: As mentioned before, it took a while for Rashad to get going. If he continues on the pace at which he did during the season, he should be a nice "breather" back for Maurice Jones-Drew. Jennings has shown the ability to power the ball inside and has even bounced the ball outside for a long touchdown run.
Greg Jones - 4 rushes, 23 yards, 5.8 yards per carry
The good: What Greg Jones does well shows up on the stat sheet, but it shows up as stats for the other running backs. Once again, Greg Jones displayed why he is one of the best fullbacks in the NFL this season.
The not so good: Injuries. Once again Greg Jones failed to finish the season and had another injury. Luckily for Jones, no ligaments were torn this time.
Going forward: Greg should continue his dominance as a blocking fullback, but it would be prudent for the Jaguars to get him involved in the offense a little more. Greg has shown each of the past two preseasons that he is capable of running with the football and catching it out of the backfield.
Final grade: B+ I would love to give this position an 'A' considering that Maurice Jones-Drew was selected to the Pro Bowl, but after him it took until late in the season for Rashad Jennings to get going. The injury to Greg Jones also knocks down the potential production of this group.