CVDRyquell Armstead
RB JAC (8)
Sun 10/25/20 12:49 PM

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.
EDGE 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.

CVDRyquell Armstead
RB JAC (8)
Mon 9/7/20 3:03 PM

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.
EDGE 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 see touches, with Thompson likely to be active in passing situations while Ozigbo and Robinson rotate on early downs.

CVDRyquell Armstead
RB JAC (8)
Sun 9/6/20 12:00 PM

Armstead, who was recently placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list for the second time, isn't likely to be available for Week 1, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE 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, it's possible that Thompson sees the bulk of his early season touches in passing situations, with Ozigbo and Robinson rotating on early downs.

CVDRyquell Armstead
RB JAC (8)
Fri 9/4/20 4:40 PM

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

CVDRyquell Armstead
RB JAC (8)
Mon 8/31/20 9:19 AM

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

CVDRyquell Armstead
RB JAC (8)
Thu 8/20/20 9:30 AM

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

CVDRyquell Armstead
RB JAC (8)
Sun 8/2/20 4:15 PM

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

CVDRyquell Armstead
RB JAC (8)
Sun 12/29/19 9:05 PM

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.
EDGE Analysis
Armstead got the nod as starter filling in for the ill Leonard Fournette. The rookie fifth-round pick can't match Fournette's prowess on the ground, 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.

CVDRyquell Armstead
RB JAC (8)
Sun 12/29/19 9:20 AM

Armstead is expected to serve as the Jaguars' starting running back Sunday against the Colts, the Associated Press reports.
EDGE 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.

CVDRyquell Armstead
RB JAC (8)
Fri 12/27/19 5:36 PM

Coach Doug Marrone mentioned Armstead and Devine Ozigbo as candidates to see added snaps out of the Jacksonville backfield Sunday against the Colts with top option Leonard Fournette (neck) listed as questionable for the contest, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.
EDGE 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 would likely 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-percentage fantasy play of the two, given that Ozigbo has logged just six total offensive snaps and no touches in 2019.