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Rawls was released by the Jaguars on Friday, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Rawls missed time in training camp due to a hamstring injury and struggled to make an impact after retaking the field, totaling just eight carries for 24 yards and three catches for 19 yards in two preseason appearances. The 26-year-old running back flashed in 2015 when he broke out in Seattle, but has not surpassed 500 scrimmage yards or 4.0 YPC in a season since. In Rawls' absence, Elijah Hood and Devante Mays (ankle) will face slightly better odds of making the initial 53-man roster.
Aug 30, 2019 12:27 PM EST
Rawls rushed once for four yards and failed to catch his lone target in Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins.
Analysis: Rawls received the start in the second preseason game but totaled only 38 yards on 10 touches (10 carries and three catches), and he saw a heavily reduced workload Thursday. Leonard Fournette made his first appearance of the preseason and split carries with rookie Ryquell Armstead as the Jaguars finally gave their starting offense a look. Rawls was also out-snapped by 2017 seventh-round pick Devante Mays.
Aug 23, 2019 8:42 AM EST
Rawls had seven carries for 19 yards and three catches for 19 yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: With Leonard Fournette resting and Ryquell Armstead (head) unavailable, Alfred Blue got the start at running back before exiting with an ankle injury. Rawls didn't do much with his chances, but he at least was better than Devante Mays, who lost one yard on five carries and gained 15 yards on two catches. Jacksonville's backup running back situation remains precarious, giving Rawls a real shot at a Week 1 roster spot, even after he missed time at training camp with a hamstring.
Aug 16, 2019 5:44 AM EST
Rawls (hamstring) will not suit up for Thursday's preseason game against the Bills, John Oehser of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Rawls has been hampered by a hamstring issue that has held him out from quite a bit of training camp work, so his absence isn't veteran-related. He's one of four running backs out for the game, so duties will be handed off to Alfred Blue, Ryquell Armstead and Devante Mays on Thursday.
Aug 8, 2019 3:50 PM EST
Rawls isn't expected to practice this week while he deals with a hamstring issue, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Analysis: Since bursting onto the scene as a rookie in 2015 with Seattle -- taking 156 touches for 906 scrimmage yards and five total touchdowns -- Rawls has seen his numbers decrease. The 25-year-old appeared in one game with Cincinnati last season but was only on the field for two snaps on special teams. Rawls found himself buried on the Bengals' depth chart, being considered the No. 4 running back behind Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard and Mark Walton. Rawls finds himself in a similar situation in Jacksonville, being listed as the No. 5 running back. Even though T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant both departed the Jaguars, the team drafted Ryquell Armstead in addition to signing Alfred Blue and Benny Cunningham in the offseason to help back up Leonard Fournette. It's unclear how long the hamstring issue will sideline Rawls past this week, but it obviously doesn't help him in his journey for a roster spot and meaningful reps.
Jul 30, 2019 1:29 PM EST
The Jaguars have signed Rawls, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The 25-year-old suited up for just one game for the Bengals in 2018, but he did show initial promise when he broke into the NFL with the Seahawks in 2015. Injuries have been an issue for Rawls, but assuming his health, he'll have an opportunity to carve out a depth role in the Jacksonville backfield in 2019, with T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant both eligible for free agency this offseason.
Jan 9, 2019 8:22 AM EST
The Bengals waived Rawls on Tuesday.
Analysis: Cincinnati signed Rawls ahead of their Week 3 game, but Rawls was inactive for back-to-back contests before finally making his debut in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Dolphins. The active designation didn't mean much, however, as Rawls earned zero offensive snaps while working as the clear No. 3 back behind Joe Mixon and Mark Walton. Cincinnati is now without a healthy third option in the backfield with Giovani Bernard (knee) likely to miss at least one more game, but it's unclear if the team intends to add another depth piece to the group or simply proceed with Mixon and Walton as its sole backs Week 6 against the Steelers.
Oct 9, 2018 1:15 PM EST
Rawls logged two snaps on special teams during Sunday's 27-17 victory over the Dolphins.
Analysis: Rawls, who signed with the Bengals in mid-September, was active for the first time this season to provide depth at running back with Giovani Bernard (knee) sidelined. However, Cincinnati was content with letting Joe Mixon handle the entirety of the rushing workload. While Rawls may stick on the active roster until Bernard returns in the coming weeks, don't expect him to get many, if any, chances on offense as long as Joe Mixon is healthy.
Oct 8, 2018 12:28 PM EST
Rawls is active for Sunday's Week 5 tilt against the Dolphins, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The veteran will likely slot in as third in the backfield pecking order behind rookie Mark Walton and returning starter Joe Mixon (knee). If he sees any action Sunday, it would mark Rawls' first snaps in Cincinnati since signing on Sept. 19. Given what's expected to be a minimal role at best, he doesn't warrant fantasy consideration.
Oct 7, 2018 9:03 AM EST
Rawls (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Panthers.
Analysis: Rawls missed some practice time this week due to general soreness, but was back on the practice field both Thursday and Friday. This makes his inactive status a bit surprising, especially with regular starter Joe Mixon (knee) on the shelf. This move will leave Mark Walton as the only remaining healthy running back on the active roster behind presumed starter Giovani Bernard.
Sep 23, 2018 9:02 AM EST
Rawls (general soreness) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Rawls was limited in his first Bengals practice Wednesday due to general soreness, but now appears fully healthy. The 25-year-old will serve as Cincinnati's No. 3 running back behind Giovani Bernard and Mark Walton until Joe Mixon (knee) is able to return to the field. Rawls currently holds little fantasy value, in what stands to be a minimal offensive role.
Sep 20, 2018 12:12 PM EST
Head coach Marvin Lewis said Thursday that running backs Giovani Bernard and Mark Walton will "shoulder the load) while Joe Mixon (knee) is sidelined, leaving Rawls as the clear No. 3 running back, Ross Tucker of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Analysis: Rawls was signed this week to help bolster the Bengals' backfield depth with Joe Mixon (knee) out multiple weeks. However, it doesn't appear that Rawls will get much work in his absence, as Cincinnati appears to be set on using the guys that have been with the team and working in their system. Rawls will only have fantasy relevance should either Bernard or Walton suffer an injury themselves.
Sep 20, 2018 10:58 AM EST
Rawls did not practice in full due to cramps Wednesday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: Rawls' first official practice as a Bengal was nipped in the bud. The opportunity exists for Rawls to earn a backfield role in Cincinnati with Joe Mixon (knee) sidelined, but injuries have derailed the 2015 undrafted rookie throughout his NFL career. If Rawls hopes to stick with the Bengals after Mixon returns, he'll need to get healthy and look impressive against the Panthers on Sunday.
Sep 19, 2018 1:03 PM EST
Rawls signed a contract with the Bengals on Wednesday.
Analysis: He'll assume the 53-man roster spot of fellow running back Tra Carson, who was waived after pulling his hamstring in a workout Monday. Since rushing for 830 yards with the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie in 2015, Rawls has seen his productivity dwindle, managing just 3.0 yards per carry on 167 totes over the past two years. After failing to win a spot with the Jets in training camp, Rawls will take on a depth role in the Cincinnati backfield, though he'll likely be a prime candidate for release once Joe Mixon (knee) is cleared to play within the next few weeks.
Sep 19, 2018 8:43 AM EST
The Jets released Rawls on Saturday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
Analysis: Rawls has some name recognition thanks to his productive rookie season with Seattle in 2015, but he was never a good bet to stick around on the 53-man roster in New York, where the recent signing of Charcandrick West essentially sealed Rawls' fate. The 25-year-old will have a tough time finding work this season.
Sep 1, 2018 10:35 AM EST
Rawls rushed eight times for 12 yards and caught two of three targets for 10 more in Thursday's 15-13 preseason loss to Washington.
Analysis: Rawls had been battling an undisclosed injury, so it was nice to finally see him on the field. The 25-year-old running back averaged just 2.7 yards per carry with Seattle last season, so he's going to have to show a bit more explosiveness if he wants to make the cut in New York. That explosiveness was absent here.
Aug 17, 2018 7:55 AM EST
Rawkls (undisclosed) could see a decent amount of snaps in Thursday's preseason game against Washington, NJ.com reports.
Analysis: Eric Allen of the Jets' official site relays that Rawls worked in team drills this week after not playing in the team's preseason opener. With Isaiah Crowell (concussion) and Elijah McGuire (foot) out, Rawls and George Atkinson could see their share of snaps Thursday night, especially if the team decides to cap the workload of holdover Bilal Powell.
Aug 16, 2018 2:01 PM EST
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