Jordan Todman has waited three years to start an NFL game.
The 23-year-old Todman has spent 21 weeks on practice squads, first with San Diego and then Minnesota.

Todman’s last start came during his final season at Connecticut.

He could be three days away from a gigantic opportunity. With standout running back Maurice Jones-Drew recovering from a strained hamstring, Todman could be the primary back when the Jaguars (4-9) host Buffalo (4-9) Sunday at EverBank Field.

“I’m looking for any opportunity to step on the field,” Todman said. “I hope MoJo will be back and help us win this game. But, if not, I’m excited for the opportunity. I know it’s a big role.”

Todman has carried 43 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns this season. His workload has increased over the last few weeks. In an effort to keep Jones-Drew fresh, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch has run Todman more. He’s logged 23 carries for 76 yards in the last three games, all victories.

The Jaguars remain last in the NFL in rushing yards, but the move has led to more production since gaining 32 yards on the ground in a 27-14 loss to Arizona on Nov. 17. The offense has averaged 126 rushing yards over the last three contests.

“We made a concerted effort that we wanted to get Todman some more carries,” Fisch said. “We thought that was important to our team. We thought it was going to benefit our running game, and benefit him and benefit MoJo. I think it did all of those things.”

The uptick in work could pay off with Jones-Drew now ailing. The 5-foot-10, 198-pound Todman received seven total carries in the five games combined leading up to Fisch’s decision to increase his role.