T.J. Yeldon
T.J. Yeldon
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Buffalo Bills
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Yeldon got a good amount of work his first four years in the league -- all in Jacksonville -- but his first year in Buffalo was a different story altogether. From 2015 to 2018 he averaged 468 yards rushing and a very solid 43 receptions per year. But 2019 was a different story, with Yeldon only seeing 150 snaps and gaining just 63 yards rushing and catching 13 passes. The coming campaign will be the second year of a two-year contract and he'll compete for playing time behind the one-two punch of Devin Singletary and rookie Zack Moss. With Taiwan Jones likely to make the team as a special teams ace, Yeldon, while currently No. 3 on the depth chart, could find himself in a battle with rugby star Christian Wade and undrafted free agent Antonio Williams for the last running back spot. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $3.2 million contract with the Bills in April of 2019.
More competition for final roster
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April 28, 2020
Yeldon has a new teammate in the running back corps after the Bills drafted Utah's Zack Moss in the third round of this weekend's draft.
ANALYSIS
Moss won't really be competing with Yeldon per se, since the former is a lock to make the team as a high draft pick and can already be considered the No. 2 guy behind Devin Singletary. The Buffalo brass has been singing Yeldon's praises this offseason, however, even though he didn't do much in his first season with the team, running for just 63 yards on 17 carries and catching 13 balls for 124 yards. Yeldon and Singletary are the two best receiving options in the RB room, but Yeldon isn't much of a special teams player, which should ensure a spot goes to Taiwan Jones. In the end, it might come down to a battle between Yeldon and ex-rugby star Christian Wade for one of the team's final roster spots.
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How do T.J. Yeldon's 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
17.6%
 
Positive Run %
76.5%
 
% Yds After Contact
77.8%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.9
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
5.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
19.5%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.06
 
% Team Air Yards
0.2%
 
% Team Targets
3.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
86.7%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.0
 
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2019 T.J. Yeldon Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do T.J. Yeldon's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
223 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.61 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.22 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.19 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Broad Jump
117 in
 
Bench Press
22 reps
 
Hand Length
9.00 in
 
Arm Length
31.63 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
2017
2016
2015
Yeldon's final season in Jacksonville was a mixed bag. He continued to improve as a receiver, setting career highs in targets, catches, receiving yards, receiving TDs and yards per target, and he provided steady, if not spectacular, production on the ground. His workload declined in the second half, however, even as the Jaguars had every incentive to lean less heavily on the banged-up Leonard Fournette. Yeldon's well-rounded skill set but lack of standout athletic traits would seem to make him a good fit as the clear No. 2 RB behind a bell cow, but rather than returning to that role with the Jags, he instead joined a muddled Bills backfield. Following the release of incumbent starter LeSean McCoy, Yeldon will fight for touches with the seemingly ageless Frank Gore and third-round pick Devin Singletary.
The selection of Leonard Fournette with the No. 4 pick last year ended any hope of Yeldon becoming the lead back for Jacksonville, and for a while it looked like it might be the end of his tenure with the team entirely, as he was inactive for the first six games of 2017. When he did get his chance due to a Fournette ankle injury, Yeldon quickly made up for lost time, exploding for 122 yards and a touchdown on only nine carries against the Colts in Week 7. That single game accounted for almost half of his production on the season, but with Chris Ivory now gone, Yeldon should become Fournette's top backup. Neither particularly physical nor particularly fast, Yeldon instead does everything competently, making him effective on passing downs and useful in running situations when Fournette needs a breather. Yeldon should once again get a couple opportunities during the season to make an impact.
A second round pick in 2015, Yeldon just keeps sliding down the depth chart. After adding Chris Ivory in free agency last offseason to challenge for the lead role, the Jaguars selected Leonard Fournette with the fourth overall pick in this year's draft, all but dooming Yeldon and Ivory to the bench. Not a particularly physical runner despite his 6-1, 223-pound frame, Yeldon's best chance at touches might come through the passing game, as he hauled in 86 passes in his first two NFL seasons. He also possesses the elusiveness to pick up yards if he can get the ball in open space. Fournette should dominate the early-down work, though, and is no slouch as a pass catcher, so Yeldon and the rest of Jacksonville's RBs could find themselves fighting for mere scraps.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder with Yeldon’s rookie season. Given that he was 21 on opening day, a 4.1 YPC and 78-percent catch rate isn’t a bad return. But fantasy owners want to see more than three touchdowns from someone who touches the ball 218 times, even if a balky knee cost Yeldon the final three games. It's uncertain if Yeldon will be the primary back, but it might be more of a sharing situation anyway — physical Chris Ivory, late of the Jets, was brought in. You have to assume Ivory will get most of the short-yardage and goal-line work in 2016 — work that Yeldon struggled with last year. But perhaps this will help Yeldon stay fresh, both in the latter parts of games and into the deeper reaches of the season. The Ivory signing blocks much of Yeldon’s upside, but we’re still looking at a young player on an improving offense. And the Jags scored 35 of their 40 offensive TDs through the air last year — a ratio that’s unlikely to repeat. Even if Yeldon cedes the cheap scores to Ivory, he still has a good chance to improve last year’s end-zone count. Yeldon might not be an exciting 2016 pick, but there’s a little sneaky upside.
Big things were expected from Yeldon at Alabama after he ran for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman backing up Eddie Lacy in 2012, but he never quite became a superstar, battling through nagging injuries and ball-security issues that his upright running style exacerbated. The Jaguars still saw enough in him to warrant a second-round selection in this year's draft, and Yeldon enters camp as the presumed starter ahead of third-year back Denard Robinson. Yeldon doesn't have Robinson's raw speed, but he has outstanding elusiveness and burst, allowing him to plunge through holes and get to the second level quickly. He also has good hands as a receiver, a facet of the game Robinson has struggled with, and that ability alone should ensure that Yeldon sees a majority of the backfield touches even if a committee develops. But despite possessing good size at 6-1, 226, Yeldon doesn't run with a lot of power or lower his pads to grind out extra yards, and Jacksonville's offseason additions to the offensive line and coaching staff seem more focused on helping Blake Bortles develop than on improving the ground attack.
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Sitting out Saturday
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Coach's Decision
January 4, 2020
Yeldon (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's playoff game against the Texans.
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Picks up 42 yards
RBBuffalo Bills
December 31, 2019
Yeldon ran for 18 yards on seven carries and added 24 yards on three catches during Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Jets.
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December 29, 2019
Yeldon is not among the inactives for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Jets, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
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Inactive Week 14
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Coach's Decision
December 8, 2019
Yeldon is inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.
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Back from illness
RBBuffalo Bills
December 6, 2019
Yeldon (illness) returned to practice Friday and will be available for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.
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