Jaguars vs. Buccaneers Preseason Betting Odds: Jacksonville Backup RBs Can Carry the Load

Aug 29, 2018 12:32 PM EDT
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Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: T.J. Yeldon

Betting Odds: Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1.5)

  • Jacksonville Jaguars Moneyline: +105
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers Moneyline: -125
  • Over/Under: 35.5
  • Kickoff: Aug. 30, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. ET

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have one of the more-compelling backfields in the league. Each of bell-cow Leonard Fournette’s backups — T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant — has exhibited big-play ability at the NFL level.

  • Yards per carry (min. 25 rushes) in 2017: Grant — 8.3 (1st); Yeldon — 5.2 (5th)
  • Breakaway rate (% of runs 15+ yards): Grant — 54% (1st); Yeldon — 37.2% (14th)

Neither will carry a substantial role while Fournette is healthy, but Thursday could help demonstrate some of the firepower on the Jaguars’ sideline.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Peyton Barber has locked up the Buccaneers’ No. 1 running back job by vastly outperforming second-rounder Ronald Jones all preseason.

  • Barber: 15 carries, 87 yards, 5.8 yards per carry, 2 TDs, 3 catches, 2 receiving yards
  • Jones: 18 carries, 18 yards, 1 yard per carry, 1 TD, 1 catch, 37 receiving yards

Pass-down back Charles Sims (knee) has been placed on injured reserve, so Jones could still carve out a fantasy-friendly receiving role if his execution improves.


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