5 Jacksonville Jaguars players who don’t get enough respect
Nobody will tell you with a straight face that the Jacksonville Jaguars are stacked with All-Pro talent. However, the front office has quietly put together a solid roster over the last two seasons and there are more than a handful of promising players on the roster.
Similarly, the Jags have a group of contributors that will play an important role in 2022 but won’t get the spotlight anytime soon. With that in mind, here are five players that don’t get nearly enough respect.
No. 5 Jaguars player that doesn’t get enough respect: Ryquell Armstead
Running back Ryquell Armstead has faced a series of challenges during his three-year NFL career. The former Temple Owl barely got any carries in his rookie year even though he suited up for every single game. Then again, he was a late-round pick and Leonard Fournette was the lead back then, so him having such a light workload wasn’t particularly shocking.
Armstead was set to have a bigger role in 2020 but he got COVID-19 and missed the whole season due to complications. Armstead was released last offseason and spent time with the New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints before returning to the Jags towards the end of last season.
Throughout the process, Armstead kept his head down and just kept grinding. His hard work paid off, as he went on to start the last two games of the 2021 season for the Jags. His nine carries for 52 yards outing in Week 18 helped Jacksonville pull up the upset over the Indianapolis Colts.
With James Robinson still recovering from the torn Achilles he suffered in 2021, Armstead will most likely start the season as the backup behind a healthy Travis Etienne. Although the Jaguars’ backfield recently earned an unfavorable distinction, their running game shouldn’t experience a massive dropoff if Armstead steps into the football field.