Hood was released from the Jaguars' practice squad Monday, Phillip Heilman of The Athletic reports. Hood latched onto Jacksonville's practice squad after failing to crack the 53-man roster but he lasted only a day before being released in favor of DT Eli Ankou. The 23-year-old had eight carries for 71 yards and two receptions for 14 yards in the preseason.
Hood signed with Jacksonville's practice squad Sunday, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports. Hood signed with the Jaguars halfway through the preseason and only touched the ball in the exhibition finale, carrying eight times for 71 yards and catching two passes for 14 yards. Despite the limited exposure, the 23-year-old apparently showcased himself well enough to earn a spot on the practice squad.
Hood gained 71 yards on eight rushes and caught two of three targets for 14 receiving yards during Thursday's 31-12 preseason loss to the Falcons. The 23-year-old back out of North Carolina heated up as the preseason finale progressed, tearing off a 49-yard carry on his final carry to set up Jacksonville for its only touchdown of the contest -- a 16-yard Alex McGough run three plays later. Despite Hood's impressive outing, he faces an uphill battle for a roster spot with Alfred Blue (ankle), Ryquell Armstead and Thomas Rawls all situated between him and starter Leonard Fournette on the depth chart.
Hood signed a contract with the Jaguars on Saturday, Phillip Heilman of The Athletic reports. Primary backup Alfred Blue picked up an ankle injury during the team's second preseason contest, joining Ryquell Armstead (head) as backs with multiweek injuries. As a result, Hood will slot in behind Thomas Rawls on the team's depth chart and could wind up receiving some work in the preseason should Blue or Armstead continue to miss time.
Hood (knee) was waived by the Panthers on Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports. Hood was signed this offseason to a one-year deal with the Panthers but will have to find an opportunity elsewhere. He also suffered a torn ACL in last season's preseason finale, so that fact could've swayed the team in this direction. The 230-pound bruiser has some NFL experience, having spent time on the Raiders' practice squad in 2017.
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