Ryquell Armstead

Jacksonville Jaguars
Running Back #7
Jacksonville Jaguars
Running Back #7

Ryquell Armstead News

Makes most of 11 touches

Armstead rushed the ball nine times for 52 yards in Sunday's 26-11 win over the Colts. He added two receptions for 10 yards.

Analysis: Armstead was out-touched by Dare Ogunbowale 14-11, yet he managed to compile seven greater total yards. He did so largely on the strength of a 26-yard rush midway through the third quarter, which helped set up Jacksonville's final score of the game. Armstead has spent the final three weeks of the season with the team, though his role could be in question in 2022 with Travis Etienne (foot) likely to take over as the lead back and James Robinson (Achilles) also likely to have significant involvement if he proves to be healthy.

Jan 9, 2022 6:39 PM EST


Seven touches Week 17

Armstead had six carries for 28 yards and caught one of two targets for six yards during Sunday's 50-10 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: The 2019 fifth-round pick saw his first game action since 2019 and averaged 4.9 yards per touch while operating as Jacksonville's No. 2 tailback behind Dare Ogunbowale. Armstead figures to fill a similar role in the season finale next week.

Jan 3, 2022 12:08 AM EST



Active versus Pats

Armstead is active for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Armstead was a healthy scratch Week 16 after inking a deal with the Jags a few days prior, but he's now set to see his first game action since 2019. The 25-year-old should operate as Jacksonville's No. 2 tailback behind starter Dare Ogunbowale, as the only other running back active is Nathan Cottrell, who is up from the practice squad.

Jan 2, 2022 9:13 AM EST


Not suiting up Sunday

Armstead (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets

Analysis: Armstead signed with Jacksonville on Wednesday but won't be active for Week 16. Dare Ogunbowale will serve as the No. 2 tailback with Nathan Cottrell the depth option behind starter James Robinson.

Dec 26, 2021 8:49 AM EST


Signs with Jaguars

Armstead signed a contract with the Jaguars on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Armstead was selected by the Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft and rushed 35 times for 108 yards while securing 14 of 24 targets for 144 yards and two touchdowns. However, he missed the entire 2020 campaign due to complications from COVID-19. Carlos Hyde (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, so Armstead will likely compete to serve as the No. 2 running back behind James Robinson.

Dec 22, 2021 8:08 AM EST



Joins Green Bay

Armstead signed a deal with the Packers' practice squad on Thursday.

Analysis: Armstead will join Green Bay as a result of the Packers placing Aaron Rodgers and Isaac Yiadom on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The running back will likely fill a depth role for Green Bay until the Packers reactivate Rodgers and Yiadom to their roster.

Nov 3, 2021 4:57 PM EST


Working out for Green Bay

Armstead completed a workout with the Packers on Monday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Armstead was brought in for a workout as a potential replacement for Kylin Hill (knee), who was placed on injured reserve Monday following a nasty hit Thursday night on a kickoff return. Armstead was cut loose by New Orleans prior to Week 8 and has failed to appear in a game so far in 2021.

Nov 1, 2021 9:17 PM EST


Let go by Saints

Armstead was cut by the Saints on Thursday, Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Advocate reports.

Analysis: Armstead signed with the Saints in early October but never appeared in a game. He was cut in a series of moves that allowed the team to add depth along the offensive and defensive line.

Oct 28, 2021 4:37 PM EST


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


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