Jacksonville Jaguars have released running back Chris Ivory


The Jacksonville Jaguars keep the roster moves coming this week with the announcement of the release of a veteran.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been busy this week. Starting with picking up the contract option of tight end Marcedes Lewis, and then the same with two others while declining on Arrelious Benn and Mychal Rivera, the Jaguars have begun to reshape the roster and create cap space.

That continued on Friday, as the team has announced they have released running back Chris Ivory. After playing his first six seasons with the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets, the Jaguars signed Ivory as a free agent back in 2016, and had played the last two seasons with Jacksonville.

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Ivory was never much more than a supplement back in either season, and even then, the running back’s production began to slide severely in 2017. All the way to the point that Ivory was a healthy scratch in the team’s final two playoff games.

With the four-back stable the Jaguars had before this move, it was expected that the team would release one, and it is certainly no surprise that Ivory was the odd man out. Leonard Fournette obviously isn’t going anywhere anytime soon as the featured back. And both T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant showed their worth in the postseason, as effective weapons in the passing game. Grant has also been a significant player on the special teams unit.

The Jaguars will most likely still go with a four-back system next season, perhaps finding a feasible free agent to sign, or use a late round draft pick to fill out the group.