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Devine Ozigbo

Jacksonville Jaguars
Running Back #22
Jacksonville Jaguars
Running Back #22

Devine Ozigbo News

Resurfaces on practice squad

Jacksonville signed Ozigbo to the practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Ozigbo is set to begin the 2021 regular season as an emergency practice squad option behind all of James Robinson, Carlos Hyde and Dare Ogunbowale. He suited up for eight games last season but only handled one carry.

Sep 1, 2021 2:35 PM EST


Waived by Jacksonville

The Jaguars have waived Ozigbo.

Analysis: Ozigbo ended up being the odd man out in the Jaguars' backfield, though if he goes unclaimed, he could resurface with the team in some capacity. Jacksonville's top three RBs following initial cut-downs are James Robinson, Carlos Hyde and Dare Ogunbowale.

Aug 31, 2021 1:06 PM EST



Finds end zone in preseason finale

Ozigbo carried the ball 11 times for 68 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for 10 yards in Sunday's preseason win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: The numbers look good, but Ozigbo was the fourth back into the game for the Jaguars after James Robinson, Carlos Hyde and Dare Ogunbowale handled all the first-half snaps, and Ozigbo's performance likely didn't allow him to move up the depth chart. The third-year RB spent more time on special teams than he did on offense when he was active last year, and the same is likely to be true again in 2021.

Aug 29, 2021 3:01 PM EST


No touches in finale

Ozigbo played only one offensive snap during Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Dare Ogunbowale dominated the backfield work with workhorse James Robinson (ankle) missing the finale two games of the season. Ozigbo ended the season with one carry for one yard and nine catches for 42 yards in eight games. The 24-year-old remains under contract for 2021, but there's hardly any roster guarantees for Jacksonville's backfield behind Robinson.

Jan 5, 2021 9:10 PM EST


Two touches in secondary role

Ozigbo had one carry for one yard and caught his lone target for three yards during Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: The 24-year-old played a season-high 11 offensive snaps Sunday, but it's a disappointing total with workhorse James Robinson (ankle) sidelined. Dare Ogunbowale stepped into the lead role and dominated the workload, totaling 78 yards on 17 touches while playing 71 percent of the offensive snaps. Even if Robinson is unable to play Week 17, Ozigbo is likely to remain in the backup role behind Ogunbowale.

Dec 28, 2020 6:56 PM EST



Totals 30 yards Week 14

Ozigbo caught all four of his targets for 30 yards during Sunday's 31-10 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Ozigbo's production is a bit misleading, as he played only six offensive snaps and all four catches came on Jacksonville's final drive of the blowout loss. Dare Ogunbowale had one catch for 12 yards and operated as the backup to workhorse James Robinson for most of the contest.

Dec 15, 2020 6:48 PM EST


No touches Sunday

Ozigbo didn't receive a touch during Sunday's 27-25 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: The 24-year-old played only two offensive snaps despite Dare Ogunbowale (hand) being inactive, with James Robinson continuing to dominate the backfield work. Ozigbo's contributions on special teams guarantee him some playing time, but he won't be factoring into the offensive gameplan without an injury to Robinson.

Nov 30, 2020 11:47 AM EST


Secures three receptions

Ozigbo caught all three targets for five yards during Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: The three receptions ranked second on the team, but his involvement is a bit misleading as he played only four offensive snaps and all three catches came on the final drive of the blowout. Ozigbo missed the previous two games with the hamstring issue and should serve as the team's backup tailback. James Robinson once again dominated the backfield reps and was the only player to receive a carry during Sunday's contest.

Nov 23, 2020 12:42 PM EST


Set for backup duties

Ozigbo (hamstring) practiced fully Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: This has been a lost season for Ozigbo up to this point, but he should be able to take the field Sunday. With Chris Thompson (back) on IR, Ozigbo should serve as the backup to workhorse James Robinson, who also shed his injury designation with a full practice Friday after being limited by a shoulder injury earlier in the week.

Nov 20, 2020 12:37 PM EST


Ruled out again

Ozigbo (hamstring) is ruled out for Sunday's game in Green Bay, John Shipley of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Ozigbo will miss his eighth game of the season due to his lingering hamstring injury. Count on Chris Thompson and Dare Ogunbowale to once again operate behind James Robinson in Jacksonville's backfield.

Nov 13, 2020 9:36 AM EST


Missing practice time

Ozigbo (hamstring) was a non-participant during Wednesday's practice, John Oehser of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Ozigbo continues to miss practice time with the hamstring issue that has forced him to miss all but one game this season. The team will likely continue to take a cautious approach with the running back, but expect his practice availability the rest of the week paint a clearer picture of his chances to play in Sunday's game against Green Bay.

Nov 11, 2020 3:52 PM EST


Won't play in Week 9

Ozigbo (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans, John Oehser of the Jaguars" official site reports.

Analysis: Ozigbo's absence comes as no surprise considering he hasn't been able to practice since promptly re-injuring the same hamstring that forced him to miss the season's first six games. Considering he seems to have returned too early from his original injury, Ozigbo will likely take extra precautions to make sure his hamstring fully heals this time before he sees the field again.

Nov 6, 2020 10:26 AM EST


Hamstring still barking

Ozigbo (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Ozigbo finally returned from a hamstring injury in Week 7, only to re-injure the same hamstring again. Jacksonville's Week 8 bye didn't provide enough time for the backup running back to heal up, as the team will likely take a cautious approach with Ozigbo moving forward to avoid another re-injury.

Nov 4, 2020 1:38 PM EST


Re-injures hamstring Sunday

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.

Oct 27, 2020 11:48 AM EST


Injures hamstring Sunday

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.

Oct 25, 2020 4:34 PM EST


Activated off IR

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.

Oct 24, 2020 3:13 PM EST


Designated for return

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.

Oct 14, 2020 9:38 AM EST


Placed on IR

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.

Sep 10, 2020 6:05 AM EST


Hamstring injury surfaces

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.

Sep 9, 2020 12:09 PM EST


Opening season as No. 2 back

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.

Sep 7, 2020 4:44 PM EST


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