The Jacksonville Jaguars will need some help at several offensive position, running back being one of them. But the concern has certainly lessened over the preseason thanks to the play of fifth round pick Ryquell Armstead.
Through three preseason games, he carried 22 times for 80 yards for 3.6 yards per carry and had five catches for 15 yards. Not that impressive but what’s encouraging is the first three weeks — which were his weakest by far — were hampered by injury. Last night alone, he had six carries for 40 yards (6.7 yards per carry) and a catch for 10 yards.
“He’s one of the guys who was in there early,” Marrone said on Thursday night. “He’s an intriguing guy. You know, he had that injury in training camp and that, I thought, really set him back a little bit. He was rolling really well in OTAs, and I know I left here, and I was really excited ... He’s one of those guys that looks like the more he’s out there, the more he’s around, the better he gets. So, he’s one of those guys that when you have him on the field and he’s available all the time, he’s going to be pretty darn good. If he’s a guy that’s hurt back and forth, it’s going to be tough like it would for anyone.”
And his 32 yard carry was certainly the play of the night on offense.
Armstead has a place on this offense. Let’s hope he finds it sooner rather than later this year.