|Team:||New Orleans Saints|
|Ht / Wt:||5'11" / 219 lb.|
|Born:||October 2, 1996|
|Drafted:||2019 / UDFA|
Coach Doug Marrone said Tuesday that Ozigbo's hamstring injury is in the same leg of the injury that kept him out for six weeks, John Shipley of SI.com reports.
Analysis: Ozigbo spent the first six weeks of the season on injured reserve because of a hamstring injury, and upon his return to the lineup, the second-year running back aggravated the injury. It's unclear how severe his current injury is, but there's a good chance he will miss time again due to the recurring nature of this issue. James Robinson and Dare Ogunbowale are currently the only two healthy running backs on Jacksonville's roster because Chris Thompson is on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Jaguars have a Week 8 bye before returning to action against the Texans.
Ozigbo is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Chargers due to a hamstring injury, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.
Analysis: Ozigbo didn't have a single carry before being forced out of action Sunday, while rookie James Robinson has already exceeded 100 rushing yards. Even if he manages to retake the field against Los Angeles, Ozigbo stands to remain in a depth role.
The Jaguars activated Ozigbo (hamstring) from injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: Ozigbo was placed on IR before the season began, but he's back to full health after two weeks of practice. An undrafted rookie in 2019, Ozigbo totaled 50 yards from scrimmage on 12 touches during his first year in the league, and he could have increased duties this season. Rookie James Robinson has carved out a role as the lead back for the Jaguars, averaging 18 touches per game, but with Chris Thompson on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Ozigbo could be utilized right away. However, Dare Ogunbowale's pass-catching acumen could make him a better fit to replace Thompson.
The Jaguars have designated Ozigbo (hamstring) to return from injured reserve and will practice Wednesday, John Shipley of Sports Illustrated reports.
Analysis: The transaction kicks off a 21-day window wherein the Jaguars will be able to evaluate Ozigbo at practice, and have the freedom to activate him to the 53-man roster at any point. Ozigbo's hamstring injury has sidelined him through the first five weeks of the season, but when healthy he'll slot into Jacksonville's backfield behind James Robinson and Chris Thompson.
Ozigbo (hamstring) has been placed on Injured Reserve, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Analysis: Ozigbo had been placed as high as No. 2 on the Jacksonville running back depth chart this year, and was once considered part of the committee set to replace Leonard Fournette following his release. A hamstring injury surfaced Wednesday, however, and things appear to have gone downhill fast. With Ryquell Armstead on the COVID list, the Jaguars are set to move forward with James Robinson and Chris Thompson as the only healthy running backs for Week 1's matchup against Indianapolis.
Ozigbo did not practice Wednesday due to a hamstring injury.
Analysis: Ozigbo has a clear path to backfield work, with Leonard Fournette having been cut just prior to the start of the season, but his opportunities will be contingent on health. The 23-year-old will have two more chances to resume practicing and shed his injury tag before Sunday's game against Indianapolis. If Ozigbo is unable to suit up for the season opener, the Jaguars will proceed forth with a combination of undrafted rookie James Robinson and Chris Thompson.
Ozigbo is listed as the No. 2 running back on the Jaguars' first unofficial depth chart of the season.
Analysis: After Leonard Fournette was cut last week, coach Doug Marrone told Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com that the Jaguars will take a "situation- and matchup-based" approach with the backfield. Prior to the release of the aforementioned depth chart, it was anybody's guess who among Ozigbo and undrafted rookie James Robinson would get the first shot at RB reps Week 1 against the Colts. With Robinson in front of Ozigbo, the latter is poised to play second fiddle in the season opener while Chris Thompson takes on most of the pass-catching reps among Jacksonville running backs.
Coach Doug Marrone has acknowledged that the Jaguars' approach to who gets carries out of the gate will be "situation and matchup-based," with Ozigbo, Chris Thompson and James Robinson likely candidates to see early-season touches, ESPN's Michael DiRocco reports.
Analysis: Ryquell Armstead is currently on the team's reserve/COVID-19 list. It was also reported Saturday that Devonta Freeman had a visit planned with the Jaguars, but as things stand, it's plausible that the team employs a committee approach out of the gate, with Thompson likely to have a high profile in passing situations and the team's other active backs rotating on early downs. Ozigbo should be part of that mix, but it may not be until the team resumes practice -- and it's reported how first-team reps are handled -- that we'll have more than a speculative take on Jacksonville's potential Week 1 carry allotment.
John Reid of The Florida Times-Union lists Ozigbo as the No. 1 running back on the Jaguars' projected regular-season depth chart.
Analysis: Reid appears to have adjusted the depth chart to reflect the news that Ryquell Armstead was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday. As a result, there's no telling when Armstead will be ready to join his teammates for practice and eventually Week 1 prep. Jacksonville's backfield is in flux following the decision to waive Leonard Fournette earlier this week. While Chris Thompson is locked in as the pass-catching option, Armstead, Ozigbo and even undrafted rookie James Robinson are vying for RB reps. Last season, Ozigbo turned 12 touches into 50 yards from scrimmage across 10 games as he primarily logged time on special teams.
Ozigbo could have a role in the Jacksonville backfield Week 1 against the Colts, SI.com's John Shipley reports.
Analysis: Ryquell Armstead emerged as the favorite to serve as the lead ballcarrier after Leonard Fournette was waived Monday, but there's also been some talk of Ozigbo and undrafted rookie James Robinson getting touches, along with veteran passing-down specialist Chris Thompson. Part of the reasoning is that Armstead missed time in August while he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list, allowing Ozigbo and Robinson to make good impressions in practice. Ozigbo was undrafted out of Nebraska last year, initially catching on with the Saints before spending most of the season as a healthy scratch with the Jaguars. It sounds like the 2019 roster stash could translate to some 2020 work.
Ozigbo had nine carries for 27 yards and caught three of five targets for 23 yards in Sunday's win over the Colts.
Analysis: The 23-year-old worked as the Jaguars' No. 2 running back behind Ryquell Armstead with Leonard Fournette (neck/illness) sidelined, but he only ended up receiving three fewer touches than Armstead. Ozigbo appeared in 10 games in 2019 but didn't touch the ball prior to Sunday. Fournette and Armstead should enter 2020 in the starting and backup roles, respectively, likely leaving Ozigbo with zero fantasy relevance without injury or a change of scenery.
Ozigbo is a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Titans, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.
Analysis: Ozigbo has not yet appeared in a game this season. The undrafted rookie out of Nebraska was claimed off waivers by the Jaguars shortly after roster cutdowns, but it remains to be seen whether he'll end up carving out a role in Jacksonville.
Ozigbo was a healthy inactive for Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Ozigbo was claimed off waivers by the Jaguars after roster cutdowns but was the odd man out come Sunday. Leonard Fournette and Ryquell Armstead are locked into their starting and backup roles, respectively, while Tyler Ervin works as a return specialist. Ozigbo may remain off the gameday roster going forward, barring an injury.
The Jaguars claimed Ozigbo off waivers from the Saints on Sunday, Phillip Heilman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of Nebraska averaged 4.4 yards on 21 carries and 6.8 yards on nine receptions (10 targets) while playing for the Saints this preseason. The Jaguars also claimed Tyler Ervin, adding a pair of running backs to join Leonard Fournette, Alfred Blue (ankle) and Ryquell Armstead.
Ozigbo was waived by the Saints on Sunday, Herbie Teope of Nola.com reports.
Analysis: The rookie was incredibly close to making the roster, as the decision came down to he and Dwayne Washington, with the team electing to roll with the veteran. It's likely that Ozigbo could be back with the team in some fashion, most likely on the practice squad, should he clear waivers.
Ozigbo (undisclosed) played 15 snaps on special teams during Saturday's preseason win over the Jets, Herbie Teope of the New Orelans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Ozigbo shed his undisclosed injury in time to suit up for New Orleans' third exhibition match, and impressed on special teams. The undrafted rookie out of Nebraska is competing for a depth role on the 53-man roster, and his affinity for special teams could increase his chances of sticking.
Ozigbo wore a red non-contact jersey during Monday's practice, Nathan Brown of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Analysis: Ozigbo's limited participation Monday implies that the undrafted rookie may be dealing with an undisclosed injury. The Nebraska product is competing for a depth spot on the 53-man roster, and would be well served to get healthy without missing much time.
Ozigbo carried the ball eight times for 30 yards and caught all three of his targets for 23 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason win over the Chargers.
Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of Nebraska was on the receiving end of a one-yard toss from Taysom Hill in the fourth quarter. That successful red-zone conversion for Ozigbo could have been crucial to his chances of making the team -- one of his main competitors for a roster spot, Dwayne Washington, muffed his own red-zone target earlier in the game, resulting in a Chargers INT. Ozigbo has now made a positive impression in each of the first two preseason games, but he remains something of a long shot to find his way onto the Saints' 53-man roster for Week 1.
Ozigbo carried three times for 20 yards and caught his lone target for nine additional yards during Friday's 35-24 preseason loss to the Vikings.
Analysis: Ozigbo looked impressive as a runner, ripping off an 11-yard gain and finishing averaging 6.7 yards per carry, albeit in a limited sample size. He's currently buried on the depth chart behind several more established veterans, but he helped his case for additional reps in this one. The starters should play more in the next contest against the Chargers, but perhaps Ozigbo could receive some extra touches in the latter stages.
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