The Jaguars’ running back room got significantly better over the weekend. Yes, despite having to cut their roster from 90 to 53, and being thin at some positions before doing so, the Jaguars were still able to improve their running back depth over Labor Day weekend.
The Jaguars placed Alfred Blue on IR and released Thomas Rawls. Blue has been dealing with an ankle injury for several weeks and hadn’t looked all that impressive when he was healthy. Rawls also lacked a burst throughout the preseason and struggled to make an impact.
With Hurricane Dorian baring down on the Bahamas and moving its way west towards the Florida coast, Tom Coughlin, Dave Caldwell and company were able to scour the waiver wire to add some key depth to the roster at running back.
The most significant addition was rookie running back Devine Ozigbo. He adds talent and depth to the Jaguars backfield. Ozigbo went undrafted in April, but plenty of teams were interested, and I personally saw him as a player that had fourth to sixth round potential. Standing five-foot-eleven and weighing in at over 220 pounds, Ozigbo fits the Jaguars’ RB mold. During the preseason, he carried the ball 21 times averaged 4.4 yards per carry. He also caught nine of ten targets for the Saints. Ozigbo should be a serviceable third running back with upside.
The Jaguars also picked up fourth-year running back Tyler Ervin. He’s much more of a scatback, the type of player the Jaguars have been missing since the departure of Corey Grant. Ervin can play special teams and is currently listed as a co-starter at both kick and punt returner.
With four healthy backs that all bring something to the table, the Jaguars have depth at running back and are in good shape at the position from top to bottom.
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