Ryquell Armstead

New Orleans Saints
Running Back #7
New Orleans Saints
Running Back #7

Ryquell Armstead News

Heading to Big Easy

Armstead was signed to the Saints' practice squad Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Armstead spent some time with the Giants during the offseason before being let go in late June, and he'll now receive an opportunity on the Saints' practice squad. The 24-year-old missed the entirety of the 2020 campaign due to health issues related to COVID-19.

Oct 6, 2021 4:41 PM EST

Let go by Giants

Armstead (illness) was cut by the Giants on Thursday, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Armstead sat out the entire 2020 season with Jacksonville due to complications from COVID-19 and was claimed off waivers by New York this offseason. In his rookie season in 2019, Armstead recording 108 rushing yards on 35 attempts in 16 games with the Jaguars. The Temple product was in a great spot to see playing time with Saquon Barkley (knee) working back from injury, but now Armstead will need to latch on elsewhere.

Jun 24, 2021 6:04 PM EST

Claimed off waivers

Armstead (illness) was claimed off waivers by the Giants on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Armstead missed the entire 2019 season with the Jaguars due to complications from COVID-19, but he arguably landed in a better spot in terms of potential play timing with not much depth behind star running back Saquon Barkley (knee). Armstead was hospitalized on two separate occasions from COVID-19 symptoms so it's no guarantee he'll be completely healthy for offseason OTAs. That being said, the 2019 fifth-round pick certainly has the necessary draft pedigree to compete for a roster spot alongside veteran castoffs such as Corey Clement and Devontae Booker.

May 18, 2021 1:30 PM EST

Done in Jacksonville

The Jaguars cut Armstead (illness) on Monday, John Oehser of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Armstead joined Jacksonville as a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but health issues relating to COVID-19 kept him sidelined for the entire duration of the 2020 season. Symptoms of COVID-19 required Armstead to be hospitalized on at least two occasions. With Travis Etienne and Carlos Hyde having joined James Robinson this offseason, the writing was on the wall that cuts would be made in the backfield.

May 17, 2021 12:25 PM EST

Unlikely to play in 2020

Armstead (illness) isn't expected to play this season while he continues to experience complications while recovering from COVID-19, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Armstead was expected to challenge for the top job at running back following the release of Leonard Fournette in late August, but the second-year player has struggled to bounce back since initially testing positive for COVID-19 in the summer. According to Schefter, Armstead has been hospitalized on two occasions after experiencing a variety of symptoms of the coronavirus, including significant respiratory issues. The Jaguars believe the 23-year-old will be able to return to action at full strength in 2021, but even if his condition improves in the weeks to come, Armstead won't be rushed back for the second half of the current season.

Oct 25, 2020 9:49 AM EST

Expected to miss time

While meeting with members of the media Monday, coach Doug Marrone noted that there's no timetable for the return of Armstead, who is on the Jaguars' reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Marrone did acknowledge that Armstead, who is on the list for the second time and also dealt with another illness as well as a groin injury during training camp, will be out "for a while." With Leonard Fournette no longer on the team, the Jaguars are prepared to open the season with a "situation and matchup-based" approach to how the team's backfield work will be divided, per Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com. In Week 1, look for Chris Thompson, Devine Ozigbo and undrafted rookie James Robinson to all see touches, with Thompson likely to be active in passing situations, while Ozigbo and Robinson rotate on early downs.

Sep 7, 2020 12:03 PM EST

Not likely to play in Week 1

Armstead, who was recently placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list for the second time, isn't likely to be available for Week 1, ESPN's Michael DiRocco reports.

Analysis: DiRocco notes that the running back also dealt with another illness, as well as a groin injury during training camp. It's thus unclear when Armstead might be activated and how prepared to play he'll be at that time. The team's current available backfield options are Chris Thompson, Devine Ozigbo and undrafted rookie James Robinson. Meanwhile, it was reported Saturday that Devonta Freeman had a visit planned with the Jaguars. Looking ahead to the season opener, coach Doug Marrone has acknowledged that the team's approach to who gets carries out of the gate will be "situation and matchup-based." With that in mind, is possible that Thompson sees the bulk of his early-season touches in passing situations, with Ozigbo and Robinson rotating on early downs.

Sep 6, 2020 9:00 AM EST

Heads to COVID list

The Jaguars placed Armstead (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: In the wake of Leonard Fournette getting waived, Armstead moved up the RB pecking order in Jacksonville, but now his practice reps will be impacted. If he continues to log positive tests into next week, it also may impact his viability for a Week 1 game against the Colts. Such a development would leave the Jaguars with a backfield composed of Chris Thompson, Devine Ozigbo and James Robinson.

Sep 4, 2020 1:40 PM EST

Looking at big opportunity

Armstead will move up the depth chart after the Jaguars waived Leonard Fournette on Monday.

Analysis: A 2019 fifth-round pick, Armstead served as Fournette's backup last season but didn't see much playing time until the veteran missed Week 17. It's now Armstead who stands as the best bet to lead the team in carries, though he could be part of a committee that includes some combination of Chris Thompson, Devine Ozigbo and James Robinson. The second-year pro averaged only 3.1 yards on 35 carries and 6.0 yards on 24 targets last year, but he does offer some upside with 4.45 speed in a 220-pound frame.

Aug 31, 2020 6:19 AM EST

Returning to practice

Armstead was taken off the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday morning, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Armstead was placed on the list Aug. 2, so he ended up spending more than two weeks away from the team. His absence freed up some practice reps for Devine Ozigbo and James Robinson, but it's still Armstead who profiles as the likely backup to Leonard Fournette. Of course, the Jaguars actually have a passing-down specialist this season, and with Chris Thompson joining Fournette in the backfield, it's hard to say if Armstead will see Week 1 touches. The 2019 fifth-round pick had more fantasy appeal earlier in the offseason when it seemed the Jaguars were trying to trade Fournette.

Aug 20, 2020 6:30 AM EST

Going to COVID list

The Jaguars placed Armstead (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday.

Analysis: Armstead fared modestly as a rookie in 2019, turning 49 touches into 252 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. Notably, he went for 15-85-1, respectively, in a spot start for Leonard Fournette in Week 17. After an offseason in which veteran pass-catching back Chris Thompson joined the Jags, Armstead's outlook wasn't looking bright, at least for this season. Now Armstead must get through testing protocols before he's able to rejoin the team.

Aug 2, 2020 1:15 PM EST

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.

Dec 29, 2019 6:05 PM EST

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.

Dec 29, 2019 6:20 AM EST

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.

Dec 27, 2019 2:36 PM EST

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.

Dec 24, 2019 2:47 PM EST

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.

Dec 16, 2019 9:08 PM EST

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.

Dec 10, 2019 9:12 PM EST

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.

Nov 18, 2019 11:26 AM EST

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.

Oct 15, 2019 10:17 PM EST

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.

Oct 7, 2019 7:52 PM EST

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