Troymaine Pope

Troymaine Pope

Running Back #33
Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Ht / Wt:5'7" / 205 lb.
College:Jacksonville State
Age:26
Born:November 29, 1993
Drafted:2016 / UDFA

Troymaine Pope: Nonexistent offensive factor

Pope recorded just 29 offensive snaps throughout the 2019 season, finishing the year with 10 carries for 20 yards and two receptions for 14 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: The entirety of Pope's production came in Week 4 when he was forced to act as the backup behind Austin Ekeler. Depending on what the Chargers do with their star running back Melvin Gordon and his contract, it's possible Pope might become more involved in the offense in 2020. Otherwise expect the undrafted free agent to reprise his role as the team's leading kickoff returner.

January 4, 2020 8:32 AM EST

Troymaine Pope: Scores first career touchdown

Pope carried the ball 10 times for 20 yards and also caught both of his targets for 14 yards and a touchdown in the 30-10 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: The fourth-year running back found the end zone for the first time in his career, taking an easy checkdown from Rivers 13 yards in for the score. Pope likely won't have many opportunities in the future, with Melvin Gordon expected to make his 2019 in-game debut in Week 5 and Justin Jackson (calf) nearing his return.

September 30, 2019 9:49 AM EST

Troymaine Pope: Works ahead of Gordon

Pope was working ahead of Melvin Gordon in warmups ahead of Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gordon ended his 64-day holdout earlier this week and is active for the first time all season, but the Chargers aren't counting on fill anything more than a complementary role -- if that -- due to his limited practice time in advance of the contest. The fact that Pope was in line ahead of Gordon for reps adds credence to that notion, so the Jacksonville State product looks like he could act as the top backup to Austin Ekeler in Week 4. Gordon will likely be thrust back into the starting role Week 5 against the Broncos, likely limiting Pope to nothing better than a third-string role beyond this weekend.

September 29, 2019 9:52 AM EST

Troymaine Pope: Rips off big gain Thursday

Pope carried the ball just three times for 43 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against the 49ers.

Analysis: Pope did nearly all of his damage on one huge 42-yard gain Thursday. The 25-year-old also flashed big-play ability when he ripped off an 81-yard punt return in the second week of preseason action. Despite his strong gains, Detrez Newsome is currently the front runner for the third running back job as Melvin Gordon continues to hold out.

August 29, 2019 11:15 PM EST

Troymaine Pope: Rejoins Chargers

Pope signed a reserve/future contract with the Chargers on Saturday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Pope was waived from the 53-man roster ahead of the Chargers divisional-round loss to the Patriots. The 25-year-old also spent time with Houston and Seattle this season, though he hasn't seen game action since 2016.

January 19, 2019 9:57 PM EST

Troymaine Pope: Let go by Chargers

Pope was waived by the Chargers on Friday, Ricky Henne of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Pope was let go to make room for kicker Nick Rose on the active roster. After initially being elevated from the practice squad on Dec. 13, Pope did not play a single snap with the Chargers before ultimately being cut. The 25-year-old hasn't played in an NFL game since 2016.

January 11, 2019 1:49 PM EST

Troymaine Pope: Elevated from practice squad

Pope was promoted from the Chargers' practice squad to their active roster Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Pope was added to the Chargers' practice squad a couple of weeks ago when Melvin Gordon originally suffered his MCL injury, and now, with backup Austin Ekeler (neck/concussion) ruled out for Thursday's game against the Chiefs, Pope will be added to the active roster for added insurance at the running back position. Gordon is reportedly pushing to play Thursday night, but Pope would likely operate as the No. 3 back should the star tailback remain sidelined.

December 13, 2018 7:30 AM EST

Troymaine Pope: Inks practice squad deal

Pope signed with the Chargers to a practice squad contract Wednesday, Sam Fortier of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With Melvin Gordon (MCL) banged up and considered week-to-week moving forward, the Chargers opted to add some depth at the running back position to the team's practice squad. Pope would likely be the next man up to join the 53-man roster should another running back go down.

November 28, 2018 10:49 AM EST

Troymaine Pope: Released from practice sqaud

Pope was released from the Seahawks' practice squad Tuesday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Pope joined the team's practice squad in early November as he had previous stints with the team, but the running back depth is apparently no longer needed with J.D. McKissic (foot) nearing a return. The Jacksonville State product hasn't seen game action since 2016 with the Jets and Seahawks.

November 20, 2018 9:18 PM EST

Troymaine Pope: Finds spot with Seattle's practice squad

Pope signed with the Seahawks' practice squad Tuesday, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: This will be Pope's third stint with the team, as he led the squad in rushing yards during the 2016 preseason but was cut anyway. With Chris Carson's status in jeopardy due to a hip injury, the team wants security in the backfield.

November 6, 2018 4:48 PM EST

Troymaine Pope: Waived by Houston

Pope was waived by the Texans on Sunday.

Analysis: Pope was cleared off the roster so that Houston could add running back Buddy Howell, who was claimed off waivers from Miami.

September 2, 2018 3:44 PM EST

Troymaine Pope: Makes play on return

Pope carried four times for zero yards, caught two of three targets for seven yards and had one kickoff return for 45 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Pope has made a big play in each of the three preseason games. He had 34-yard reception the first week, then a 58-yard kickoff return, which was called back, the second week, and another big return in the third week. Pope is similar to Tyler Ervin -- smallish, quick backs who can catch out of the backfield and return kicks -- and has been given more opportunities than Ervin during preseason. It's conceivable both could make the final roster if D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) remains on the PUP list.

August 26, 2018 10:08 AM EST

Troymaine Pope: Lower profile against Niners

Pope had one carry for two yards and caught two of four targets for 10 yards in Saturday's preseason win over the 49ers. He also had one kickoff return for 25 yards.

Analysis: Pope made a splash in the first preseason game when he had 10 touches for 65 yards, but was featured less the second time out. Still, with the regular-season status of D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) unknown and the uncertainty behind starter Lamar Miller, Pope is pushing to move ahead of Tyler Ervin on the depth chart, if not replacing Ervin altogether.

August 19, 2018 9:39 AM EST

Troymaine Pope: Nine touches in preseason opener

Pope gained 18 yards on six carries and caught three of four targets for 47 yards in Houston's win of Kansas City in preseason Week 1.

Analysis: Pope got into the game during the first half, but most of his action came in the second half. With D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) in a state of uncertainty, there's likely a roster spot available. Pope showed the traits that suggest his main competition in camp is Tyler Ervin, who had a couple of rushes for 12 yards and was not targeted.

August 10, 2018 5:49 AM EST

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