Gillislee worked out for the Jaguars on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Jacksonville backfield behind Leonard Fournette doesn't inspire much confidence, with Alfred Blue, Benny Cunningham, Thomas Rawls and fifth-round pick Ryquell Armstead currently set to duke it out for backup work. Gillislee was released by the Patriots and then Saints early last season, ultimately finishing 2018 with 16 carries for 43 yards in four games. The 28-year-old fell out of New England's backfield rotation midway through the 2017 campaign, but he did produce eight rushing touchdowns and 5.7 yards per carry in Buffalo the year prior.
Gillislee worked out for the Lions on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Gillislee was released by the Patriots on Sept. 1 and cut by the Saints about five weeks later, finishing 2018 with 16 carries for 43 yards in four games. The 28-year-old would make sense as a potential short-yardage back in Detroit, where LeGarrette Blount presumably will be allowed to walk after turning in an ugly 2018 campaign (2.8 yards per carry). Given their various needs on defense, the Lions likely hope to go cheap behind Kerryon Johnson in the backfield.
Gillislee has been in contact with the Patriots, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports. A reunion makes a lot of sense after the Saints released Gillislee on Saturday. The Patriots have been carrying just two running backs on the 53-man roster, potentially creating a dangerous situation if Sony Michel or James White were to suffer an in-game injury. Gillislee probably wouldn't be a huge threat with all three healthy, but he might take away a few of Michel's carries.
Gillislee gained six yards on two carries and caught one pass for nine yards in Sunday's win against the Giants. It was another underwhelming performance for Gillislee, who played just five snaps. With the Saints on bye in Week 5 and Mark Ingram set to return in Week 6, Gillislee probably does not need to be rostered in most formats.
Gillislee gained 18 yards on eight carries in Sunday's win against the Browns. Gillislee played just nine offensive snaps compared to 51 snaps for starter Alvin Kamara. While Gillislee should continue to see a handful of weekly touches while Mark Ingram remains suspended, he's totaled a mere 27 yards in his first two games. With such meager production, Gillislee should not be anywhere near most starting lineups and can probably be cut or left on waivers in many fantasy leagues with Ingram expected to return Week 5.
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|2||09/15||@Los Angeles Rams||14||17.26|
|5||10/06||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||21.25|
|11||11/17||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||21.25|
|14||12/08||San Francisco 49ers||20||19.00|
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