Ryquell Armstead

Ryquell Armstead

Running Back #7
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 220 lb.
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 5 (140)
Draft Team:JAX

Ryquell Armstead: Scores in spot start

Armstead rushed 10 times for 33 yards and caught five of nine targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-20 win over Indianapolis.

Analysis: Armstead got the nod as starter filling in for the ill Leonard Fournette. The rookie fifth-round pick clearly isn't the rushing threat that the veteran he was filling in for is, but he was able to provide a solid fantasy performance with his work in the passing game. Armstead had just 25 touches over the previous 15 games as a back, so there is nearly zero value to be had behind a workhorse like Fournette next season.

December 29, 2019 6:05 PM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Expected to start for ill Fournette

Armstead is expected to serve as the Jaguars' starting running back Sunday against the Colts, the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: With the Jaguars downgrading lead back Leonard Fournette (illness/neck) from questionable to doubtful Saturday and the running back acknowledging in a post on his personal Twitter account that he would be sidelined for the season finale, Armstead, a fifth-round rookie out of Temple, should be in line for his most extensive NFL work to date. Though Armstead has served as Fournette's primary backup throughout the season, the role has only translated to 25 carries for 75 yards (3.0 average) and nine receptions for 92 yards in 15 games. Undrafted rookie Devine Ozigbo and practice-squad callup Jeremy McNichols will provide depth behind Armstead in the backfield.

December 29, 2019 6:20 AM EST

Ryquell Armstead: May be needed as Fournette fill-in

Coach Doug Marrone mentioned Friday that Armstead and Devine Ozigbo could see added snaps out of the Jacksonville backfield with lead option Leonard Fournette (neck) listed as questionable for the contest, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.

Analysis: Armstead has played no more than a quarter of the Jaguars' offensive snaps in any game this season while maxing out at eight touches, so the rookie fifth-round pick could be in store for his most extensive work to date if Fournette is inactive or limited in the regular-season finale. Given that Fournette was listed as a non-participant in practices Thursday and Friday, he would seem to be trending in the wrong direction as Sunday approaches. While both rookie backs should have roles in the game plan in the event Fournette can't go, Armstead looks like the higher-upside fantasy play of the two, given that Ozigbo has logged just six total offensive snaps and no touches in 2019.

December 27, 2019 2:36 PM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Receives another carry

Armstead had one carry for two yards during Sunday's loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: The rookie fifth-round pick played only four offensive snaps as Leonard Fournette rarely came off the field. Armstead has 25 carries for 75 yards and nine catches for 92 yards and one touchdown this season.

December 24, 2019 2:47 PM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Receives one carry

Armstead had one rush attempt for one yard during Sunday's win at Oakland.

Analysis: The 23-year-old saw 15 offensive snaps Week 14 -- his second-highest total of the season -- but was on the field for only two snaps Sunday. Leonard Fournette should close the season in the workhorse role, relegating Armstead to occasional mop-up duty.

December 16, 2019 9:08 PM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Gains seven yards

Armstead ran for seven yards on two carries and was unable to haul in either of his targets during Sunday's 45-10 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Sunday's 15 offensive snaps were Armstead's second most of the season and most since Week 8. The rookie has run cold for much of this season with just two games of 20 or more yards and one total touchdown. The final three games don't look much brighter. The Jaguars are on a five-game skid in which little has gone right on offense and Sunday brings a Raiders team that, for all its faults, ranks 10th in the league in opponent yards per carry at 4.1.

December 10, 2019 9:12 PM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Catches passes in garbage time

Armstead rushed once for six yards and caught both his targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 33-13 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Armstead caught both his passes on the final possession of the game. Even with Leonard Fournette playing a season-low 71 percent of offensive snaps, the rookie fifth-round pick found minimal involvement in the offense during the loss. Armstead remains nothing more than a handcuff option for Fournette.

November 18, 2019 11:26 AM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Gains single yard

Armstead had a one-yard run during Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Armstead had a solid outing in Denver in Week 4, but has just three touches for seven yards in the two games since. Starter Leonard Fournette is averaging an incredible 28 touches per game over the last three weeks, leaving the Temple product with little to do. Until that trend breaks, it'd be dangerous to count on Armstead, even with the league's worst run defense, Cincinnati, on tap for Week 7.

October 15, 2019 10:17 PM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Returns to minor role

Armstead had one carry for negative-one yard and caught his lone target for seven yards in Sunday's 34-27 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: The rookie fifth-round pick had nine touches for 49 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in Week 4, but he once again saw minimal involvement Sunday. Leonard Fournette continues to dominate the backfield reps for Jacksonville and there's been no indication of that changing anytime soon. Armstead will likely only see expanded opportunities if the Jaguars are looking to bleed the clock with the lead.

October 7, 2019 7:52 PM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Catches first career TD

Armstead rushed eight times for 42 yards and caught his lone target for a seven-yard touchdown in Sunday's win over the Broncos.

Analysis: The 22-year-old entered Sunday with only one carry this season and barely saw the field offensively, but the Jaguars finally found success running the ball against the Broncos to provide some opportunities for the rookie. Leonard Fournette still dominated the backfield with 29 carries for 225 yards so the status quo should remain unchanged, but it's still good to see Armstead find some involvement in the offense.

October 1, 2019 6:00 AM EST

Ryquell Armstead: No touches Week 2

Armstead did not have a carry in Sunday's 13-12 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: The rookie fifth-round pick has only a single carry through the first two weeks of the season as Leonard Fournette is working as the Jaguars' workhorse back, as advertised. Barring an injury or a drastic change in workload, Armstead isn't worth fantasy consideration.

September 16, 2019 7:45 AM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Gets single touch

Armstead had a seven-yard carry during Sunday's 40-26 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Sunday wasn't an ideal start for Armstead as Jacksonville fell behind by multiple scores early, necessitating a surprisingly efficient passing performance from undrafted rookie Gardner Minshew, who came in after Nick Foles broke his clavicle. Look for the Jaguars to help out their young passer with better balance in the coming weeks, which should create opportunities for Armstead behind starter Leonard Fournette, who has had plenty of battles with injuries and ineffectiveness during his two plus seasons. Houston, a stout run defense from 2018, awaits in Week 2.

September 8, 2019 3:26 PM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Opportunity knocks

The Jaguars placed Alfred Blue (ankle) in IR on Sunday, making Armstead the primary backup running back behind Leonard Fournette.

Analysis: The rookie out of Temple had been banged up early in camp due to a concussion, but emerged healthy and got a major boost to his stock Sunday. Looking at the team's third preseason game, Armstead was the only running back behind Fournette to receive more than one carry, which suggests a lack of competition behind him for carries. Taking into account Fournette's injury history early in his career, Armstead's fantasy stock could continue to grow.

September 1, 2019 10:44 AM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Totals 17 yards

Armstead rushed eight times for 18 yards and had caught all three of his targets for negative-one yard in Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Armstead suffered a concussion in the preseason opener and had to sit out last week, but he failed to stand out in his return Thursday. The 22-year-old has a chance to stake his claim for the No. 2 running back job with Alfred Blue (ankle) sidelined, but the concussion plus Thursday's performance have led to a limited impact. The good news for the rookie fifth-round pick is that he was the lone running back to receive more than one carry behind starter Leonard Fournette versus Miami.

August 23, 2019 8:35 AM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Cleared from concussion

Armstead cleared the concussion protocol, Phillip Heilman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Armstead suffered the injury in the preseason opener and missed the following game. He should be back for Thursday's exhibition against Jacksonville to battle for backup work behind Leonard Fournette. Alfred Blue's expected absence due to an ankle injury frees up more reps for Armstead, Thomas Rawls, Devante Mays and Elijah Hood. Based on the division of playing time the past two weeks, Blue appeared to have a lead for the No. 2 role.

August 19, 2019 9:10 AM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Possible preseason debut

Coach Doug Marrone said Sunday that Armstead is in the final day of the concussion protocol, and could play in Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins, Phillip Heilman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Armstead returned to practice Saturday after dealing with a concussion, and received more good news Sunday. Armstead will likely continue to practice leading up to the game, and could see addition reps with Alfred Blue sidelined with an ankle injury. If the rookie out of Temple stays on track, expect him to suit up in Thursday's preseason game, and receive a decent amount of reps, considering he's sat out the first two.

August 18, 2019 9:43 AM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Back at practice Saturday

Armstead (head) returned to practice Saturday, Phillip Heilman of the Athletic reports.

Analysis: Armstead was unable to play in Thursday's preseason loss to the Eagles as he remained subject to the league's concussion protocol, but he appears on pace to play in the Jaguars' next exhibition on Aug. 22 in Miami. Backup Alfred Blue will likely be sidelined due to a sprained ankle, so Armstead could be in line for additional reps behind starter Leonard Fournette.

August 17, 2019 1:16 PM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Sits out against Eagles

Armstead (head) didn't play in Thursday's preseason loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Armstead was checked for a head injury during Jacksonville's preseason opener the previous week, so he may still be in the concussion protocol. He didn't lose any ground in the battle for backup work, as Alfred Blue injured his ankle while Thomas Rawls and Devante Mays combined for 18 yards on 12 carries. The rookie fifth-round pick still has a shot to enter Week 1 in the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.

August 16, 2019 5:42 AM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Being evaluated for head injury

Armstead is under evaluation for a head injury after leaving Thursday's preseason contest at Baltimore, Phillip Heilman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Armstead dealt with lower-body injuries during the latter stages of the offseason program and in training camp. That said, he still suited up for the Jags' exhibition opener, rushing eight times for 22 yards and hauling in his only target for six yards. If he's diagnosed with a concussion, he'll be subject to the NFL's protocol for head injuries before he can be cleared to return to the field.

August 8, 2019 6:53 PM EST

Ryquell Armstead: Nursing quad injury

Armstead is dealing with a quadriceps injury but will travel to Baltimore for Thursday's preseason game, Ashlyn Sullivan of the Jaguars' official site reports.

Analysis: Armstead dealt with a hamstring injury in mid-July but was cleared for the start of training camp, so this appears to be a separate issue. The severity of the injury remains unclear, but the fact the rookie fifth-round pick is traveling with the team indicates he may still have a chance to play Thursday.

August 5, 2019 1:57 PM EST

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