The Jaguars placed RB Chris Thompson on the COVID list. He'll miss Sunday's game against the Chargers -- and potentially more action beyond that. In a corresponding move, RB Devine Ozigbo (hamstring) was activated from IR. Ozigbo looked set to play a big role for the Jags this season before a September hamstring injury sidelined him. James Robinson has taken over Jacksonville's backfield since, but we'll see what kind of role Ozigbo can carve out.
A member of Jacksonville's practice squad tested positive for COVID on Friday night, the team announced. The Jaguars are still planning on playing vs. the Lions on Sunday, but the situation obviously bears monitoring over the next 24 hours.
Jaguars OC Jay Gruden said RB James Robinson "can handle the workload. He’s tough. He’s strong. He’s got great vision. He can explode through holes. We’ve been impressed with him." Frankly, Jacksonville doesn't have a choice but to make Robinson the lead ball-carrier, with Ryquell Armstead on the COVID list and Devine Ozigbo on IR with a hamstring injury. Robinson is a good bet for 10+ carries in Sunday's opener vs. the Colts. But he doesn't bring much TD upside and will lose most of the pass-catching work to RB Chris Thompson.
Jaguars RB Devine Ozigbo (hamstring) has been placed on IR. That knocks him out for at least the first 3 games of the season. With RB Ryquell Armstead on the COVID list, Jacksonville is down to RBs James Robinson, Chris Thompson and newly signed Dare Ogunbowale. Robinson is now a safe bet to lead the way in carries in this weekend's opener against the Colts. Thompson should handle the majority of the passing-game work.
Jaguars RB Devine Ozigbo was held out of Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury. That puts his availability for this weekend's opener against the Colts in question. Jacksonville signed former Bucs RB Dare Ogunbowale on Wednesday, which might be a sign that Ozigbo will miss Week 1. We'll get another update on his status on Thursday.
The Jaguars' initial -- "unofficial" -- depth chart lists rookie RB James Robinson as the starter, with Devine Ozigbo and Chris Thompson following him on the depth chart. There are varying levels of truth to these things by team, so we wouldn't go trusting this completely. Let's treat it as a reminder, though, that Jacksonville sports a muddled backfield on what figures to be 1 of the league's worst teams. As long as you're not over-invested in any Jaguars RB, you're doing it right. Robinson, Ozigbo and Thompson should all be rostered in most leagues of 12+ teams with 2+ slots where RBs can start. Thompson's past receiving production and history with OC Jay Gruden makes him the best initial bet for role/touches.
Jaguars HC Doug Marrone says it will be "a while" before RB Ryquell Armstead is ready to play. Armstead is back on the COVID list after opening camp there. He also missed time this summer with a groin injury, so he hasn't practiced much. It'll be Devine Ozigbo, Chris Thompson and James Robinson in Jacksonville's backfield at least for Week 1. None is an exciting fantasy option out of the gate -- but they're all worth stashing in most leagues.
The Jaguars have placed RB Ryquell Armstead on the COVID list. It's the 2nd time he's landed there. Armstead also dealt with a groin injury throughout camp, according to ESPN's Michael DiRocco. It's looking like it'll be Chris Thompson, Devine Ozigbo and James Robinson in Jacksonville's backfield for Week 1.
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