UPDATE Thursday 10:03 a.m.: The Jaguars have signed Dare Ogunbowale and placed Devine Ozigbo on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in full tank-mode this season, and with the release of ex-first-round pick Leonard Fournette, the backfield isn’t exactly clear. In their first depth chart, the team put the UDFA rookie James Robinson at No. 1 and second-year back Devine Ozigbo at No. 2 while receiving specialist Chris Thompson comes in at No. 3.
These initial depth charts are usually put together by the PR department and aren’t official, so we have to take them with a grain of salt, but in this case, there’s little doubt that Robinson is in the mix. He had a strong training camp and according to GM David Caldwell, Robinson’s training camp played a role in the decision to release Leonard Fournette, per Florida Times Union’s Eugene Frenette.
Both Ozigbo and Robinson have received praise in training camp while Ryquell Armstead has missed most of campo and doesn’t look like he’ll be ready for Week 1, as he’s currently on the Covid-19 list. Once he comes off, we’ll see how things shake out, but this week it looks like Robinson and Ozigbo will likely split early down work, but this might mean Robinson has the edge.
In the end, neither of the Jaguars backs should be high on your lists this week, as they could cancel each other out and there’s a good chance Chris Thompson gets a good chunk of work. The Jaguars are +8 point underdogs against the Colts, which should lead to more passing downs for Thompson to see snaps and targets.
If you are in a deep league, Robinson makes sense to have at the end of your bench, but we probably don’t want to start him this week unless you are desperate.