The Jacksonville Jaguars added depth at the running back position by grabbing Ryquell Armstead from Temple in the fifth round of the NFL Draft.
According to NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, Ryquell Armstead is a solid runner who will move with authority in the NFL.
"“Face-first runner who doesn’t appear to care that brakes come standard with the vehicle. Armstead’s feet fire like pistons from the beginning of the snap all the way through his physical finishes,” Zierlein wrote.“While he’s not classically elusive, he does find his own yards by slithering through tight quarters or stacking yards after contact. His size, decisiveness and effort in pass protection should land him work as a backup, but his play traits could help him find more carries than expected as a pro.”"
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The running back position, which was a weakness last season, could now become one of the team’s strengths once again this coming season.
Leonard Fournette has come back this offseason healthy and in better shape than last season. The team released Carlos Hyde before free agency and T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant left this offseason. In free agency, Jacksonville added Benny Cunningham and Alfred Blue as free agents.
"Per John Oehser of Jaguars.com, “Armstead (5-feet-11, 220 pounds), rushed for 2,812 yards and 34 touchdowns in four seasons at Temple. He rushed for 1,098 yards and 13 touchdowns on 210 carries this past season… He caught 29 passes for 175 yards in four seasons.”"
At 5-foot-11 and 215 pounds, he is a big back who can become part of the Jaguars passing game on the next level. He ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine.
Ryquell Armstead of the 73rd Temple football player ever drafted in the NFL.
Fournette led the team with 439 yards on the ground despite missing the equivalent of eight games last season. Jacksonville’s rushing game finished 19th in the league with 107.7 yards a game after finishing 1st in the NFL in 2017.