A few weeks ago the Jacksonville Jaguars gave up a fifth-round pick for then Cleveland Browns running back Carlos Hyde, a move that probably should have been made weeks prior while Leonard Fournette was out with an injury and TJ Yeldon was dealing with a bad ankle. Hyde’s first game with the Jaguars was in London against the Philadelphia Eagles, the game where the Jaguars threw the ball 30 plus straight times in the second half.
On total for the season Hyde has just 27 carries for the Jaguars, which has led to a frustrating adjustment for the former full-time starter.
“I went from starter to not getting the ball at all, down to third string,” Hyde told John Reid of the Florida Times-Union. “Yes, it’s frustrating but I have to be patient for my time to come back around. When it comes, I’ll be ready. The only reason I got more was because Leonard went out. I just want to play more and be more involved.”
When the Jaguars acquired Hyde, many thought it was so that they could kind of split the carries somewhat between Fournette and Hyde, considering Fournette had issues staying healthy. Since Fournette has come back however, he has had 24 carries, 28 carries and then 18 carries through basically a half against the Buffalo Bills. There hasn’t been much chance for Hyde to get in there and get carries, especially with Yeldon being entrenched as the third-down back.
Hyde will get his chance against the Colts on Sunday however, as the NFL has upheld Fournette’s one-game suspension for fighting on Sunday. If he can have a successful and productive day against the Colts, perhaps he will earn more carries and the coaching staff will ride both Hyde and Fournette, rather than just Fournette.