The Buccaneers are releasing RB Dare Ogunbowale. We know a cut or 2 was coming at this position after the Bucs signed LeSean McCoy and Leonard Fournette during training camp. Ogunbowale's departure leaves some 3rd-down work available and could leave Ke'Shawn Vaughn room on special teams. McCoy has been talked about as a 3rd-down option since arriving, but we'd bet on targets being spread among the top 3 backs.
Bucs HC Bruce Arians said Thursday that RB Ronald Jones is still "our guy," despite the addition of RB Leonard Fournette. "It's his job," Arians added. "Nothing has changed for him. It's his job, he's got it, he's got to screw it up to lose it and I don't see that happening." Arians has spent all summer talking up Jones. But the Bucs have also added Ke'Shawn Vaughn, LeSean McCoy and now Fournette to the backfield. If nothing else, Jones is on a short leash. We'd only draft him as a RB3/4 now.
The Buccaneers have agreed to a 1-year deal with RB Leonard Fournette, according to both Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport. The biggest question facing fantasy owners, of course, is what Fournette's arrival will mean for RB Ronald Jones' workload. We'll have to see about that. HC Bruce Arians has spent the summer talking up Jones, though. The Fournette signing seems to be the latest indication that Ke'Shawn Vaughn isn't ready for a significant role right away. It also might mean that LeSean McCoy won't make the team. Adding a former top-5 NFL Draft pick certainly has the potential to cut into Jones' work, but we'll continue treating him as the lead back here. How Fournette's arrival affects Jones' ADP will determine whether the 3rd-year back is a draft value.
The Jaguars are, in fact, done with RB Leonard Fournette. According to multiple reports, the team is releasing the former 1st-round pick. This relationship has been headed for a bad ending for a couple of years now, but this is still a shocking ending: dumping Fournette for absolutely no return. That suggests some continued off-field issues with the RB. We'd still bet on another team taking a shot on Fournette now that there's no risk. Jacksonville, meanwhile, will apparently turn its backfield over to a committee of Ryquell Armstead, Chris Thompson and Devine Ozigbo. We'll see if the Jags add anyone else before the regular season. There's no player in the remaining backfield worth committing to strongly, but the opportunity upside is obvious for any Jaguars RB who makes it to the double-digit rounds of your draft.
The Jaguars have signed RB Chris Thompson to a 1-year deal. He's reuniting with OC Jay Gruden in Jacksonville after the pair spent the past 6 seasons together in Washington. Thompson has struggled with injuries throughout his career but averaged 3.4 catches and 29 receiving yards per game over the last 5 years. If healthy, he figures to take a big bite out of RB Leonard Fournette's pass-catching production.
The Jaguars are set to hire Jay Gruden as their new OC, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gruden is coming off a failed stint as Washington's HC but did help the Redskins to top-17 finishes in total yards in each of his first 4 seasons, including a 3rd-place finish in 2016. Prior to that, Gruden spent 3 years as Cincinnati's OC. Those teams ranked 20th, 22nd and 10th in total yards. The big question in Jacksonville this offseason is what will happen at QB between Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew and potentially a rookie or free-agent addition.
The Jaguars have fired OC John DeFilippo after just 1 season. The 2019 Jags ranked 20th in total yards, 19th in yards per play and 26th in points. The offense, of course, lost QB Nick Foles to a broken collarbone in Week 1 and rolled with 6th-round rookie QB Gardner Minshew most of the year. We'll see who HC Doug Marrone tabs as his new OC.
Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (illness) is inactive for today’s finale against the Colts. Rookie Ryquell Armstead should operate as the lead back, with Devine Ozigbo as the #2 RB.
Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Colts due to an illness. He had been listed as questionable with a neck injury. So it'll be Ryquell Armstead as Jacksonville's lead back in the finale. The rookie has mustered just 3.0 yards per carry on 25 attempts this season but also caught 9 of 15 targets for 92 yards. Armstead goes 5’11 and 220 pounds but averaged a mediocre 4.9 yards per carry across 4 seasons at Temple and tested as a subpar athlete this spring. He's an unexciting, volume-based fantasy play for Week 17
Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (neck) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Colts. He was limited in Wednesday's practice before being sidelined on Thursday and Friday. It's certainly possible that Fournette is held out of Sunday's finale. Jags-Colts doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET, but we'll look for an update on Fournette's status on Sunday morning. His absence would leave rookie Ryquell Armstead as Jacksonville's lead back.
Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette has been busy in the passing game early in training camp. New OC John DeFilippo says that's a significant part of his offense. "We’re trying to find different, unique ways to get him the football – not just handing it to him," DeFilippo said. Fournette has been productive as a receiver through 2 NFL seasons, averaging 2.8 catches and 23.2 yards per game. It sounds like he could top those numbers in 2019.
Jaguars RB Ryquell Armstead (hamstring) has been activated from the PUP list. He'll now duke it out with Alfred Blue for the #2 RB job. It's an unexciting battle -- but the winner could have fantasy value this season considering Leonard Fournette's injury history.
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