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    Earlier this season Cheap Telvin Smith Jersey , Jacksonville Jaguars, in dire need of a running back after Leonard Fournette went down, traded a fifth round pick to the Cleveland Browns for running back Carlos Hyde.Fast forward to last Thursday — the Jaguars, with a fully healthy Leonard Fournette, play Hyde a meager three snaps against the Tennessee Titans. This prompted a number of fans and analysts to sound off on the trade. While it wasn’t the worst move the Jaguars have made this season, it adds to a laundry list of miscalculations and missteps that show a repeated failure to properly self-scout and assess your needs.Now, would I have signed or drafted a back in the offseason? Absolutely. But I think the Hyde trade was smart, given Leonard’s injury history and the need for a proven back behind him. Essentially, you get Leonard’s same punishing running style in case he goes down and a smart veteran who can pass protect when needed. Given that it took place when we were 3-3 and still in the thick of the division, I can see the logic behind the move. As blessed as we were to have Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew on this team during their primes, it’s so odd that the Jaguars have spent so much on the running back position, whether it’s draft capital or free agency, with so little return on investment. As we count down towards the end of the Dave Caldwell era in Jacksonville, I thought it would be apropos to take a look at his history at the running back position, and whether he significantly upgraded the team from when he first started.2013Caldwell, in his first year at the controls, selected Denard Robinson in the 5th round. Robinson, a converted quarterback-turned-running back, was labeled an “offensive weapon.“ Robinson was a major liability in pass protection and wasn’t quite elusive against those NFL defenders. It’s safe to say he failed to live up to expectations. Additionally, Caldwell paid Justin Forsett in free agency, signing him to a 1 year $1.15 million dollar contract. He was cut after one year.The Jaguars averaged 78.8 yards per game rushing in 2013. This was good for 31st in the league.2014What was noteworthy from this year was that it marked the release of Jaguars great Maurice Jones-Drew. In his stead, Caldwell signed Toby Gerhart to a three-year $10.5 million dollar contract with $4 million guaranteed. Caldwell also drafted Storm Johnson out of UCF in the seventh round of the draft. He was nothing more than just a guy. The Jaguars averaged 102.1 yards per game rushing in 2014. This ranked 21st in the NFL.2015With the 2015 draft came star Alabama running back T.J Yeldon. Caldwell finally spent a high draft pick on a running back, but he was woefully underused. Part of it has to do with Greg Olsen, the Jaguars offensive coordinator who attempted the league’s second-lowest rushing attempt total that season with 354. Yeldon also missed four games due to injury. In his stead, Robinson suffered from fumblitis and Gerhart... well... he was Gerhart.Perhaps no better moment encapsulates his season than when he failed to score a touchdown from the one-yard line on four consecutive tries. One gem that emerged was UDFA Corey Grant, who made the team as its primary kick returner. He would stick around for a few years Youth Leonard Fournette Jersey , eventually posting his best game against the New England Patriots in 2017.2016Out went Gerhart and in came Chris Ivory. Signed to a mammoth five-year, $32 million contract, Ivory was brought to be the bruiser and complement to Yeldon. In 2016, Ivory posted more fumbles than touchdowns, and the Jaguars averaged a paltry 72.8 yards per game rushing until interim offensive coordinator Nate Hackett took over. This would also be Denard Robinson’s final season in a Jaguars uniform.2017In case you needed another reminder, the Jaguars spent the fourth overall selection on LSU RB Leonard Fournette — over prospects like Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. He was signed to a four-year, $27 million fully guaranteed contract. The running game finally flourished, finishing first in yards per game rushing. The running game under Caldwell was arguably at its peak, with Fournette, Ivory, Yeldon, and Grant all in the rotation.2018The Jaguars cut Chris Ivory in the offseason. They entered the season with three running backs: Fournette, Yeldon, and Grant.For a team built around a powerful rushing attack, this was woefully short. Injuries ravaged the position and the Jaguars had to sign Jamaal Charles and trade for Carlos Hyde. Charles was cut soon after and Hyde has disappeared from the rotation. As of today, the Jaguars rank 19th in yards per game rushing.SummaryDraft picks spent on running backs: No. 4 overall in 2017, No. 36 overall in 2015, No. 135 overall in 2013, No. 222 overall in 2014, TBD fifth round pick in 2019.Money spent in free agency and draft on running back was $58,272,456.In short, the mismanagement of the running back position isn’t the straw that broke the Jaguars’ back — but it certainly contributed to Caldwell’s downfall. The Jacksonville Jaguars start the second quarter of the season at raucous Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs at 1:00pm EST.For anyone not traveling to Kansas City for the game, we have a treat in the booth this week:UNIFORM WATCH: Debut of new white tops and black trousers for Sunday.Ed. Note: YaaaaaaaassssssssssOpponentRiding into week five with an undefeated record, the Chiefs are working on a short week after overcoming a ten-point fourth quarter deficit on the road against divisional rival Denver Broncos. The result probably works in favor of the Jaguars as the Chiefs will roll into this game with an air of invincibility, which is always dangerous from a sports psychology standpoint.Offensively Cheap Leonard Fournette Jersey , the Chiefs are playing chess while the rest of the NFL is playing checkers. Patrick Mahomes is 5-0 in his career as an NFL starter and has seemingly taken his Big 12 offense with him from Texas Tech as he is currently on pace for 56 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. When you factor in his computer-like processing, quick release, arm strength, and improvisational skills outside the pocket, Mahomes becomes almost impossible to stop and unlikely to contain. Combine these rare attributes with offensive weapons that include Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, and Kareem Hunt out of the backfield, and the Chiefs are a recipe for explosive play headaches. There will be times in this game where Todd Wash will scheme up the ideal play call, it will be perfectly executed, and Mahomes will still find a way to complete a pass, which will be frustrating for fans and players alike. I expect the Jags to put Tashaun Gipson in man coverage on Kelce for most of the game and play press man on the outside to take advantage of their size at the cornerback position, jamming the receivers off the line to give the defensive line an extra second to apply pressure. This can be an extremely boom-or-bust game in regards to the defense compiling some sacks and takeaways, but their league-leading 14 points allowed per game will likely take a hit this week. My guy to keep an eye on this week? Tight end Demetrius Harris.While everyone in the country will be tuning in to see the top ranked offense against the top ranked defense, it’s actually the other units that will most likely decide this game. The Chiefs defense has been fairly miserable so far this season, allowing a league-high 451 total yards and 28 first downs per game. Nathanial Hackett and the Jaguars will need to continue to throw on first down to open up the run and allow T.J. Yeldon to add to Chiefs’ 5.7 allowed yards per carry average. Coming off a career high in passing yards, Blake Bortles will need to keep the momentum going against a secondary that likely won’t be able to keep up with the speed that the Jaguars have at wide receiver, and expect the Chiefs to attack with zone coverages to take away the Jaguars’ staple crossing routes. As poorly as the Chiefs defense has performed across the board, here is one interesting tidbit to keep in mind – they currently rank first in third down defense, and when the defense has had to make a stop to win the game (like a three and out to give Mahomes the ball back in the fourth quarter on Monday), they’ve answered the bell.For some thoughts from the Chiefs’ persepctive, check out Ryan O’Bleness’ crossover piece with Pete Sweeney of Arrowhead Pride.StorylinesOffense wins games, defense wins championships. Is that adage true?Well, in the last seven top ranked offense versus top ranked defense regular season match ups, the offensive team has won six of them. Not great for the Jaguars. With that being said, the NFL hasn’t really seen a defense like this in almost a decade.The Chiefs are also benefactors of playing in the loudest stadium in the NFL Youth Donte Moncrief Jersey , and in a deafening environment like Arrowheard, the Jaguars are going to need be on the same page in regards to communication on the offensive line and snap counts. This is where it is crucial that veteran center and communication captain Brandon Linder suits up this week, and hopefully Hackett has a plan in place where they can mitigate the noise with silent snap counts. Don’t expect too many “Sunday, Sunday” (hand claps) from Bortles this week.The other major storyline for this week is the weather forecast, which is calling for 100% chance of rain. I can’t remember the last time Blake Bortles has had to play in extremely rainy conditions (perhaps someone can assist on this in the comments), but he struggled mightily last year in cold and windy conditions on the road in Tennessee. Conversely, Mahomes’ arm is so strong that it shouldn’t matter whether he is playing in rain or shine. Logically, the rain should favor the Chiefs, who can take advantage of some poor punts on special teams and benefit from the absence of Leonard Fournette to churn out tough, ugly yards. Key matchupsJalen Ramsey vs. Tyreek HillI understand that Ramsey won’t be traveling with Cheetah and they won’t be single-matched often, but the back-and-forth diatribe this week will make this must-see TV. My biggest concern when they are matched up is how aggressively Ramsey plays curl and hook routes, anchoring and driving to break and make a play on the football. This mentality can really make Ramsey susceptible to a Hill double move, and if Ramsey bites, it will be over.Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs. Anthony HitchensNo Eric Berry yet this season means that the Chiefs have struggled mightily against tight ends so far this season. ASJ isn’t having a huge year statistically, but this might be his break out game for the Jaguars offense, and I would expect Hackett to try and attack the seams early while the Chiefs back seven are overly-concerned with short crossers underneath.Dede Westbrook vs. Orlando ScandrickScandrick has taken most of the slot reps in nickel and he has not played very well since signing his one-year deal in Kansas City. His lack of foot speed at this stage in his career has been glaring, and it wouldn’t be surprising in the least if the Chiefs match up their best cornerback in Kendall Fuller, who was one of the league’s best nickels in Washington, on Westbrook to even up the match up. Of course, doing this will weaken them on the perimeter for Donte Moncrief and Keelan Cole to challenge deep against one of the weaker starting safety duos in the league.Calais Campbell vs. Mitchell SchwartzSchwartz has played like the best right tackle in football across the first four weeks and Calais Campbell will have his hands full in trying to get to the quarterback. I would expect Campbell to slide inside next to Malik Jackson a ton this week in obvious passing situations and give Dante Fowler Jr.’s speed a go against Schwartz. The Jaguars will need to bring a ton of pressure to make Mahomes uncomfortable to have a chance. Josh Wells vs. Justin HoustonJosh Wells has performed admirably so far in relief duty for the injured Cam Robinson, but he hasn’t necessarily squared off against a world-beater edge rusher to this point. That will change this week against Justin Houston, and Dee Ford is no slouch either in the event they flip their outside linebackers. Ford has been dealing with a groin injury this season, but he was their most effective rusher last week. This will undoubtedly be Wells’ biggest test of the season.Final predictionI can hear Alfie’s voice now — “How are the Chiefs supposed to score 30 points?” I don’t know, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they do this week. I think the Jaguars will struggle containing Mahomes in the pocket similar to Marcus Mariota a few weeks ago, and the only difference is Mahomes has a howitzer of an arm compared to Mariota’s water gun. My feeling is that the Jaguars offense will get the ball in a two-minute drill situation where they need a touchdown and Bortles and company won’t be able to overcome the crowd noise and inclement weather.I think Chiefs win 30-24.

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