Ogunbowale had 14 carries for 50 yards and caught four of seven targets for 22 yards during Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Colts. The 26-year-old played all but two offensive snaps in the absence of workhorse James Robinson (ankle). Ogunbowale spent most of the season working in a passing-down role with minimal production, but he was the lead tailback for the final two games of the season, rushing 28 times for 121 yards while catching seven passes for 29 yards in that stretch. He's set to be an exclusive rights free agent in 2021 and could remain in Jacksonville, though he'd revert to a reserve role with Robinson back in the mix.
Ogunbowale is expected to remain the Jaguars' starting running back Week 17 against the Colts after head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that James Robinson (ankle) would miss a second straight contest, John Oesher of Jacksonville's official site reports. Heading into Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Bears, the Jaguars' plans at running back sans Robinson weren't fully known, but Ogunbowale -- who had previously been mostly limited to a passing-down role -- emerged as the team's clear lead option. Ogunbowale (39 offensive snaps, 17 touches) saw more work than backup Devine Ozigbo (11, two) by a large margin, and he was efficient with those opportunities, gaining 4.5 yards per touch. Jacksonville could elect to add another back to the roster to provide competition Week 17, but for the time being, Ogunbowale looks poised for another turn in the lead role to conclude the season.
Ogunbowale rushed 14 times for 71 yards, secured three of five targets for seven yards, and had six kick-return yards in the Jaguars' 41-17 loss to the Bears on Sunday. Stepping into the lead role in the backfield with James Robinson (ankle) out of action, Ogunbowale thrived with his opportunity by putting together an efficient performance on the ground. The fourth-year journeyman had logged just four carries all season prior to Sunday and had never topped 11 rush attempts in any of his three previous seasons, so he was in uncharted territory in terms of workload. If the 1-14 Jaguars hold Robinson out again in Week 17, Ogunbowale figures to helm the ground attack again versus Indianapolis.
Ogunbowale could have an increased role Sunday against the Bears if James Robinson (ankle) is limited or unavailable, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports. Robinson suffered an ankle injury Week 15 and was unable to practice all week, and he's considered questionable for Sunday's contest. Ogunbowale had a season-high 25 scrimmage yards last week on only 14 offensive snaps and has played a minor offensive role most of the year. Robinson has dominated the backfield touches for Jacksonville this season, so if he's unavailable Ogunbowale could have some volume-based fantasy value.
Ogunbowale had two carries for 17 yards and caught his lone target for eight yards during Sunday's 40-14 loss to the Ravens. The 26-year-old broke off a 17-yard carry in the closing minutes of the contest but was otherwise minimally involved in the offense. Starter James Robinson exited late due to an ankle injury, and Ogunbowale would be the likely beneficiary should Robinson be sidelined or limited Week 16 against the Bears.
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