Former Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue is set to meet with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday, per Ian Rapoport.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are still in the market to add depth at running back and have scheduled a meeting with Alfred Blue of the Houston Texans. Per Ian Rapoport, the player and team will meet on Monday.
The franchise’s running back position has undergone a drastic change from its final roster last season. The team released veteran Carlos Hyde after he was acquired in a mid-season trade with the Cleveland Browns. Both T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant became free agents on March 13.
At 6-foot-2 and 229 pounds, Blue is a punishing runner who would compliment the between the tackles type of runner Leonard Fournette is. Both players went to LSU. In four seasons in the NFL, Blue has 2,407 yards and eight touchdowns.
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The news of Blue meeting with the front office is the first this offseason in free agency where it has been announced the team has sought depth at the position other than the NFL Draft. Both Yeldon and Grant are still free agents. Yeldon replaced Fournette as the starter while he was dealing with injuries and a one-game suspension. He was one of the team’s better players in the first half of 2018.
Grant has been a change of pace back for the past four seasons in Jacksonville, his speed and ability to catch the football out of the backfield made him a valuable piece of the offense in 2017. He was also dynamic on special teams for the Jaguars.
It was thought the team may look to re-sign Grant this offseason despite a Lisfranc injury that he suffered in the fifth game of 2018. Fournette’s lack of playing time the past two seasons is something the Jaguars may consider in bringing in a veteran runner.
Blue could be an inexpensive player the team can add in a low-risk, high reward type of deal.
The team’s running game took a major hit last season because of Fournette’s lack of play and an offensive line that changed its starters like it was a revolving door. After leading the NFL in rushing in 2017 with over 141 yards per game, the Jaguars averaged just 107.7 yards a contest in 2018, which ranked 19th in the NFL.