Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Four Downs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Four Downs

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

In Jameis Winston, the Jaguars face a rookie quarterback for the first time this year when they play at Tampa Bay on Sunday. Here are four storylines to watch:

FIRST DOWN

MONITORING YELDON'S WORK

Only six running backs through four weeks have at least two 20-carry games - Chicago's Matt Forte (three) and two apiece for the Jaguars' T.J. Yeldon, Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, Pittsburgh's DeAngelo Williams, Tampa Bay's Doug Martin and Arizona's Chris Johnson. Yeldon's 70 carries are third in the league, behind Forte's 84 and Peterson's 75 and he's playing 77.8 percent of the Jaguars' snaps (217 of 279), which trails Forte (82.3) and Kansas City's Jamaal Charles (81.4). The Jaguars are probably considering ways to get Yeldon more rest. Maybe this means there is a Toby Gerhart sighting this week. He's played eight offensive snaps in his two games, including just one at Indianapolis.

SECOND DOWN

EXPANDING DAVIS' ROLE

Lineman Ryan Davis has played only 23.5 percent of the defensive snaps (70 of 298), but leads the Jaguars with 2.5 sacks and four quarterback hits. Asked if Davis is a candidate to see early-down work, the insinuation being the four-man rush isn't getting it done and could use a jolt, coach Gus Bradley said: "He plays special teams [73 snaps] and third downs. ... To keep him productive on third down, I'm sure we'll visit about it, but I don't know if you'll see any change in the future." Maybe the Jaguars will put him in some first-down situations, like against Indianapolis when he split a sack with Chris Smith.

THIRD DOWN

SECOND-HALF SHUTDOWN

It's not surprising the Jaguars haven't scored a lot of second-half points - they don't score a lot of points at any point of the game. But compared to the rest of the NFL, their second-half productivity is astonishing. …

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