After exceeding expectations in 2018, James Conner battled injuries throughout 2019. With injury concerns dating back to college, Conner has yet to play an entire 16-game season in the NFL. After tearing his MCL at Pittsburgh, he missed a pair of games with an ankle sprain in 2018. Last year, he missed six games with an AC Joint sprain and a thigh contusion. With durability limiting his effectiveness, the Steelers may opt for a complimentary back in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Looking at the stats alone, Leonard Fournette consistently produces like a league-average running back. In 2019, he posted a 16.7-percent (No. 46 among qualified running backs) Juke Rate and 1.40 (No. 24) Yards Created per Carry. He did show growth as a receiver in 2019 with 76 catches. However, he recorded seven (No. 3) drops and failed to haul in a single target beyond ten yards downfield. With the potential to move on from him this offseason, the Jaguars look like a potential investor in the running back position in this year’s draft.