Player Profile: Montell Owens (RB, Jaguars)
- Updated: December 11, 2012
Why not go ahead and profile one of the half dozen Jacksonville Jaguar running backs this week? Since Maurice Jones-Drew has been out with a Lisfrac injury it has been about as unsteady as it could be for the Jags running game. Rashad Jennings was the guy for awhile, but he wasn’t producing at all. Next came Jalen Parmele, but he suffered a season ending groin injury. Who’s next? Is GM Gene Smith going out on the street and looking for guys at this point?
Enter Montel Owens. Owens has actually been with the Jaguars since 2006 and has been a solid special teams player. In fact, Owens holds the Jaguars franchise record for most special teams tackles in a single season (30 tackles in the 2009 season). Evidently, his history of hard work and the Jags short depth chart has given him the chance to be the starting back, and he showed in Week 14 that he may be able to handle the job.
In Week 14 versus the Jets Owens tallied 14 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown as well as 1 reception for 11 yards. The 6.5 yards per carry was very impressive, but that number is skewed by the fact that he had a 32 yard carry. That said, he still averaged 4.5 yards per carry on the other 13 carries of the game. The low number of carries is a concern, but those numbers will likely go up. The Jags offense is pretty unsteady, so there’s no guarentee how it’s going to shake out from week to week. However, it seems clear that Owens has the job until MJD can come back (IF he can come back in 2012).
Going into Week 15 and the second round of fantasy playoffs the Jaguars face the Miami Dolphins. Miami is ranked 13th against the run and are giving up an average of 14.4 fantasy points to opposing running backs. With any luck you’re all set at the RB position going into round 2 of your fantasy playoffs. If not, Owens could be worth a flier.
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