Alfred Blue

Jacksonville Jaguars
Running Back #28
Jacksonville Jaguars
Running Back #28

Alfred Blue News

Works out in Seattle

Blue (ankle) had a workout with the Seahawks on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Blue spent the first eight weeks of the season on the Jaguars' injured reserve before being cut in late October, but he's apparently recovered from the ankle injury. The Seahawks worked out some veteran running backs since Rashaad Penny went down with a torn ACL, though any addition is unlikely to factor into the offense while Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise remain healthy.

Dec 17, 2019 2:29 PM EST

Gets 'designated-to-return' tag

Blue (ankle) has been designated to return from injured reserve.

Analysis: Blue injured his ankle preseason Week 2 and has spent time in a walking boot in the meantime. With his placement on IR after cut-down day Aug. 31, he was eligible to return to the 53-man roster at a later point in the campaign, and the Jaguars have confirmed that he'll be a candidate to do so.

Sep 6, 2019 3:52 PM EST

Headed to IR

The Jaguars placed Blue (ankle) on injured reserve Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Blue had been spotted in a walking boot early last week due to the ankle injury, and will now have to sit out the first eight games of the season before he's eligible to return. Blue's emergence as the primary backup to Leonard Fournette was a positive sign for he and the team, but now that he's sidelined, duties will likely go to rookie Ryquell Armstead. Aside from the aformentioned backs, Devine Ozigbo and Tyler Ervin remain the only healthy running backs on the roster.

Sep 1, 2019 10:37 AM EST

Using walking boot

Blue (ankle) is in a walking boot and won't play in Thursday's preseason game against Miami, Phillip Heilman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Blue's absence could provide a nice opportunity for fifth-round pick Ryquell Armstead, who passed through the final stage of the NFL's concussion protocol Sunday. The rookie still has time to make his case for a backup role, though Blue appeared to have the lead for the No. 2 job before he injured his ankle. The messy depth situation could encourage Jacksonville to give Leonard Fournette all the work he can handle.

Aug 19, 2019 12:21 PM EST

Likely out preseason Week 3

Blue (ankle) is not expected to practice throughout the upcoming week and will likely miss Thursday's exhibition matchup against the Dolphins as a result, Phillip Heilman of the Athletic reports.

Analysis: Blue isn't expected to miss too much more time with an ankle sprain, but the Jaguars will proceed cautiously with the veteran running back in the short term. Ryquell Armstead (head), Thomas Rawls, Elijah Hood and Devante Mays could all see additional reps out of the backfield behind Leonard Fournette with Blue still sidelined.

Aug 17, 2019 10:53 AM EST

Escapes with ankle sprain

Blue has been diagnosed with an ankle sprain, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Blue got the start in Thursday's preseason loss to Philadelphia, taking four carries for five yards before exiting with an ankle injury. He was replaced by Thomas Rawls and later Devante Mays, with rookie fifth-round pick Ryquell Armstead (head) unavailable for the contest. It still isn't clear how Jacksonville will divide backup work behind Leonard Fournette, though Blue at least seems to have a slight lead for the No. 2 job.

Aug 16, 2019 9:35 AM EST

Ruled out Thursday

Blue has been ruled out of Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles after suffering an ankle injury, Phillip Heilman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Blue suffered his injury in the first quarter of Thursday's game. Look for Devante Mays to handle much of the running back duties for the remainder of the contest.

Aug 15, 2019 4:52 PM EST

Gains 21 yards to start preseason

Blue gained 20 yards on five carries and added a one-yard catch during Thursday's 29-0 loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: Blue got the start Sunday with Leonard Fournette resting, but rookie RyQuell Armstead was in the mix early. It's hard to judge too much from a preseason opener in which most of the marquee names on the team sat, but how Armstead and Blue split carries is worth watching. Being the No. 2 back on a team that is built to pound the ball is valuable. No. 3, not so much.

Aug 8, 2019 9:52 PM EST

Joined by rookie in Houston

The Jaguars used a fifth-round pick on RyQuell Armstead to join Blue in the backfield, John Oehser of the team's official website reports.

Analysis: The Jaguars have now replaced Carlos Hyde, T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant (foot) with Blue, Armstead and Benny Cunningham. The team also has Dave Williams and Thomas Rawls, potentially setting up an open competition for the second, third and fourth spots on the depth chart behind Leonard Fournette. While his experience should put him second through the rotation to start training camp, Blue has repeatedly proven to be an unexciting player with borderline pass-game skills and minimal explosiveness. Cunningham at least has some receiving ability, and Armstead ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at 220 pounds. The Jaguars desperately need Fournette to stay healthy and productive.

Apr 29, 2019 1:26 PM EST

Gets nice opportunity with Jaguars

Blue is signing a one-year contract with the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Blue doesn't offer much in the way of speed, explosiveness or receiving skills, but his ball security and reliable grinding between the tackles allowed him to pile up 742 touches in 73 games for Houston the past five seasons. He now finds a new home in the AFC South, joining a Jacksonville team with minimal backfield depth behind Leonard Fournette. The situation should allow Blue to compete for the No. 2 job, though he'll likely get some competition from the draft or the later stages of free agency. The Jaguars would be wise to add a running back with superior pass-game skills at some point before the start of training camp.

Apr 1, 2019 1:20 PM EST

Getting a look from Jacksonville

Blue is visiting with the Jaguars on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 2014 sixth-round pick displayed little in the way of explosiveness during his five seasons with Houston, averaging 3.6 yards on 673 carries and 6.8 yards on 69 receptions while scoring 10 touchdown in 73 games. Blue at least does a good job avoiding fumbles, and his 225-pound frame theoretically could make him useful in short-yardage situations. He'll have a chance to compete for the No. 2 running back job if he signs with Jacksonville, as the team currently has just two players -- Dave Williams and Thomas Rawls -- behind starter Leonard Fournette.

Apr 1, 2019 6:15 AM EST

Minimal role in playoff loss

Blue carried twice for eight yards and caught two passes for 11 yards in Saturday's 21-7 wild-card round loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Blue didn't get a chance to play a larger role after Indianapolis scored touchdowns on three of its first four possessions, putting the Texans in desperate comeback mode early. That meant shelving the ground game in favor of a passing attack. Blue, who becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2019, was a valuable backup for the Texans, who played the first 12 games without D'Onta Foreman (Achilles). Foreman did not make an impact upon his return, which is unsurprising given the history of players that suffered similar injuries, so Blue remained the top backup to Lamar Miller for the final weeks of the season. The 28-year-old Blue has substantial history with the organization and could return as a depth option, depending on how Foreman responds next year.

Jan 6, 2019 6:11 AM EST

Small role in finale

Blue had three carries for 12 yards and caught two of three targets for another 12 yards in Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Blue's involvement was cut back with the return of Lamar Miller, but it's notable that the Texans didn't activate D'Onta Foreman for Week 17. That suggests Blue will be the top backup in the first round of the playoffs next Saturday at 4:35 pm, when Houston hosts Indianapolis in the AFC Wild Card Round.

Dec 31, 2018 5:16 AM EST

Held to 40 yards in loss

Blue rushed four times for 14 yards and caught four of five targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 32-30 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: The Texans simply couldn't get much done on the ground as Deshaun Watson had more than three times as many rushing yards as the rest of Houston's backfield combined on the day. Blue drew the start but split touches evenly with D'Onta Foreman and saw three fewer carries. The 27-year-old will probably be relegated to third on the Texans' depth chart if Lamar Miller (ankle) is healthy for Week 17 at home against the Jaguars.

Dec 23, 2018 9:18 PM EST

Expected to start

Blue is expected to start after Lamar Miller (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Eagles.

Analysis: Saturday's injury designation doesn't necessarily mean Blue will get the majority of the carries, however, as D'Onta Foreman looms as a potential option out of the Texans backfield. That's in part due to the fact Blue failed to make much of an impact Week 15 after Miller left the game following the team's first possession, carrying the ball nine times for just six yards while playing in 77 percent of the offensive snaps. Foreman, who was activated off the PUP list Dec. 4, was a healthy inactive last week, but it would be a genuine surprise to see him held out in Week 16 given Miller's lack of availability. As such, fantasy owners eager to pick up the next waiver wire star will need to monitor the news coming out of Houston in the coming days to see which of the two backs is the one to own.

Dec 22, 2018 9:12 AM EST

Possible fill-in starter

Blue will start at running back if Lamar Miller (ankle) is unavailable Week 16 against the Eagles, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Miller has made steady progress since spraining his ankle against the Jets last week, so there's a chance he'll be ready to go Sunday, but head coach Bill O'Brien remains noncommittal. In the event Miller is inactive, Blue would likely get the call over D'Onta Foreman, who could be active for the first time this year following his recovery from a ruptured Achilles' tendon.

Dec 22, 2018 4:32 AM EST

Logs majority of backfield snaps

Blue carried nine times for eight yards and played 77 percent of Houston's offensive snaps in Saturday's 29-22 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Blue was given an expanded role after Lamar Miller (ankle) left the game midway through the first quarter. The injury to Miller is not considered major, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, but we need to see how he responds in the coming days as the Texans turn their gaze to Week 16's road game in Philadelphia. Should Miller be impacted next week, Blue is the logical replacement as the starting running back.

Dec 16, 2018 5:05 AM EST

Scores first TD since Week 1

Blue rushed six times for 21 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: After both teams stalled on their first two possessions, the Texans took the ball a third time and engineered an 82-yard drive that culminated in Blue's three-yard touchdown run. It was his first carry inside the five-yard line since Week 6 and first touchdown since opening week. Pending how Houston wants to use D'Onta Foreman Week 15 against the Jets and beyond, Sunday might have been Blue's last chance as the No. 2 back.

Dec 9, 2018 6:24 PM EST

Double-digit carries again

Blue rushed 13 times for a season-high 54 yards in Sunday's 29-13 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Houston trails only Seattle in running plays called, so there's lots of work for Blue as the No. 2 back behind Lamar Miller. He hit double-digit carries for the fourth time in five games, but he hasn't found the end zone since Week 1. The running game has fueled the Texans' nine-game winning streak, and they may not want to muck it up by forcing D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) into the mix ahead of Blue.

Dec 3, 2018 7:14 PM EST

Produces season high rushing

Blue carried 13 times for a season-high 49 rushing yards while catching his lone target for another 13 yards in Monday's 34-17 win over the Titans.

Analysis: The Texans once again favored the ground attack, calling 34 runs to 24 passes. That's been their preferred formula since quarterback Deshaun Watson sustained rib and lung injuries earlier this season. The game plan leads to double-digit touches for Blue, who averages 11.6 carries/receptions per game. However, his usage will be impacted when the Texans eventually activate D'Onta Foreman (Achilles), who is in the third week of a three-week rehab window.

Nov 27, 2018 5:52 AM EST

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