Here we take a look at the best rookie seasons turned in by a Jacksonville Jaguars running back. No surprise that the number one spot is held by one of the franchise’s all time greats.
#5 – 2001 – Elvis Joseph
2001 saw rookie Elvis Joseph come in on a part time basis, starting in just three games, and rush the ball 68 times for 294 yards and no touchdowns.
#4 – 1995 – James Stewart
The Jaguars first year in pro football was 1995 and that year rookie running back James Stewart would carry the ball 137 times for 525 yards and two touchdowns.
#3 – 2015 – T.J. Yeldon
2015 saw rookie T.J. Yeldon get 12 starts at running back for Jacksonville and rush for a total of 740 yards. This was the third highest total for a rookie that year, behind Todd Gurley of the Rams and Thomas Rawls of the Seahawks.
#2 – 2006 – Maurice Jones-Drew
The little man, Maurice Jones Drew, barely missed a 1000 yard season during his rookie year in 2006 when he carried the ball 166 times for 941 yards and 13 touchdowns.
#1 – 1998 – Fred Taylor
Fred Taylor was the ninth overall pick in the draft in 1998 and went on to pay off big time. During his rookie season, he carried the ball 264 times for 1,223 yards, and 14 touchdowns.
If this list hadn’t been isolated to just running backs, the number five spot on the list of top rookie rushing performances for the Jaguars would be held by quarterback Blake Bortles and his 2014 total of 419 yards.