Ogunbowale signed his ERFA tender with the Jaguars on Monday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.
Ogunbowale played a depth role behind James Robinson last season, but with just 199 yards from scrimmage across 14 games, he wasn't a significant factor for fantasy purposes. With the offseason addition of Carlos Hyde, Ogunbowale's path to offensive touches has only gotten more crowded.
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.
Ogunbowale rushed twice for seven yards and failed to catch two targets during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Vikings.
The two carries is hardly significant in the big picture, but it's still notable given it's Ogunbowale's first of the season, and also the first time a running back besides James Robinson has received a carry since Week 9. Ogunbowale was the only running back behind Robinson to play any offensive snaps, so he appears to have secured the No. 2 job in the backfield, not that there's any fantasy potential in that role.
Ogunbowale (hand) was a full participant during the Jaguars' practice session Thursday.
After garnering a season-high 13 offensive snaps in Jacksonville's preceding matchup against Pittsburgh, Ogunbowale was deemed unavailable to face the Browns in Week 12. He collected 303 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns over 46 touches last year as a Buccaneer, but thus far in 2020, Ogunbowale has been seldom deployed. He's registered just one touch on offense this season, as undrafted rookie James Robinson continues to dominate the RB workshare.
Ogunbowale (hand) is inactive for Sunday's game against Cleveland.
Ogunbowale was considered questionable with the hand injury but will be unavailable for Sunday's contest. Devine Ozigbo will operate as Jacksonville's secondary running back, though James Robinson should once again dominate the backfield work.
Ogunbowale (hand) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns.
Ogunbawale played a season-high 13 snaps on offense last week and was targeted twice. If he's unable to play Sunday, it'll mainly affect the depth behind bell cow James Robinson. Both Devine Ozigbo and Nathan Cottrell stand to benefit if Ogunbowale sits out.
Ogunbowale caught one of two targets for five yards and had two tackles during Sunday's 24-20 loss at Green Bay.
The 26-year-old saw additional offensive snaps and had his first touch of the season with Chris Thompson (back) leaving early with injury, but James Robinson still dominated the backfield work for Jacksonville. Ogunbowale could see sporadic chances as the passing-down back should Thompson miss time, but he's unlikely to be much of a factor in the offense regardless.
Ogunbowale fielded six offensive snaps with no touches, also collecting two tackles on 21 special-teams snaps during Sunday's 39-29 loss to the Chargers.
Ogunbowale has yet to garner an offensive touch in his debut campaign with the Jaguars, after logging 35 receptions and 11 rushes for a total of 303 scrimmage yards last year in Tampa Bay. So far in 2020, James Robinson has dominated the running back workload by fielding 107 of the position's 113 carries and 32 of the 51 RB targets. Barring an injury on the depth chart ahead of him, Ogunbowale seems destined for extremely limited offensive usage.
Ogunbowale (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
Leonard Fournette and Ogunbowale essentially swapped franchises earlier this month, as the former landed in Tampa Bay while the latter headed to Jacksonville after they were waived by the respective organizations. Unlike Fournette before him in Jacksonville, Ogunbowale won't be in line for nearly as substantial of a role, with most of the reps he earns coming in obvious passing situations. So long as Chris Thompson is healthy and available, however, Ogunbowale may become a fixture on the inactive list, as he's somewhat redundant as a second pass-catching back.
Ogunbowale has officially been signed to Jacksonville's active roster, Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL Jacksonville reports.
Ogunbowale was the odd man out in Tampa Bay following the acquisition of Leonard Fournette, but he'll end up catching on with Fournette's old team less than a week after he was cut. The Jacksonville backfield was in dire need of assistance, as Ryquell Armstead remains on the COVID list, and the team placed Devine Ogzigbo (hamstring) on the injured reserve early Thursday morning. It's unclear what type of role Ogunbowale will have Week 1 against Indianapolis, as his skill set mostly mirrors that of current projected No. 2 back Chris Thompson. Ogunbowale also saw regular work on special teams last season as a member of the Bucs.
The Jaguars are on track to sign Ogunbowale, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
If the move happens as expected, Ogunbowale would provide the team with added backfield/special-teams depth. Ogunbowale carved out a third-down role with the Bucs last season, and it's possible that he could earn touches in Jacksonville's brewing backfield committee once he's up to speed with the team's offense.
The Buccaneers will waive Ogunbowale, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Ogunbowale appeared destined for a change-of-pace/special-teams role with the Bucs, but the team's recent addition of Leonard Fournette made him the odd man out, with Ronald Jones, Ke'Shawn Vaughn and LeSean McCoy also in the mix. It remains to be seen if Ogunbowale catches on with another team in short order or circles back with Tampa Bay once the ongoing league-wide roster trimming settles down.
Ogunbowale's special teams value could keep him on the roster even after the Buccaneers signed Leonard Fournette, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Fournette, Ronald Jones and third-round rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn are roster locks, and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network suggests LeSean McCoy is still expected to have a role, potentially handling the passing-down work that went to Ogunbowale last season. It's rare for a team to carry five running backs, but it wouldn't be an unreasonable choice if Vaughn is starting the season as a healthy scratch and Ogunbowale is taking snaps on multiple special teams units.
Ogunbowale, who is part of a crowded running back depth chart, is trusted by the coaching staff to handle a variety of responsibilities and isn't intimidated by the competition, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. "That's kind of the way I've been, the story of my career," Ogunbowale said Sunday. "I've always been in competition. That's the way it's always been. I see everything as a competition. Us bringing in more running backs, that's just more people to compete with. Even before that, I had competition on my mind."
Ogunbowale's pass-catching skills were on display last season when he evolved into the primary third-down back, as he secured 35 of 46 targets for 286 yards. However, that was far from Ogunbowale's only role, as he also carried 11 times, recorded a pair of rushing touchdowns, amassed 223 kick-return yards and logged 317 special-teams snaps overall as one of the captains of the unit. The multiple responsibilities clearly speak to how much trust the coaching staff has in Ogunbowale, but he's facing some talented competition in the form of seventh-round rookie Raymond Calais, who brings a distinguished resume as a returner from his college career at Louisiana-Lafayette. Additionally, Ogunbowale faces an uphill battle to see as many receiving opportunities in 2020, considering LeSean McCoy and his 503 career receptions arrived earlier this offseason.
Ogunbowale was one of several Buccaneers skill players to participate in a workout with Tom Brady at Berkeley Preparatory School on Tuesday, Rick Stroud and Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times report.
The Wisconsin product managed to carve out a steady third-down role in what was his second Buccaneers campaign in 2019, leading to a career-best 35 receptions and 286 receiving yards, as well as a pair of rushing touchdowns. With Brady's extensive history of success with pass-catching backs, it certainly behooves Ogunbowale to get as much on-field time with his new quarterback, especially during an offseason where traditional OTAs aren't an option. Additionally, Ogunbowale projects to face fierce competition for playing time -- and by extension, his roster spot -- from rookies Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Raymond Calais this summer, so it's unsurprising to see him taking the initiative of participating in any workout organized by the future Hall of Fame signal-caller.
Ogunbowale finished the 2019 season with 11 carries for 17 yards and two touchdowns, 35 receptions (46 targets) for 286 yards and 223 kickoff return yards across 16 games.
Ironically, the talented receiving back wasn't targeted in the Week 17 overtime loss to the Falcons, the first such instance during 2019. However, Ogunbowale was successful in the third-down role throughout the season, logging multiple receptions in 10 games overall. The third-year pro also was a solid presence in the return game when called upon, although he appeared to lose that role to T.J. Logan for several weeks until the latter was put on injured reserve with a thumb injury leading up to Week 14. With Peyton Barber headed into unrestricted free agency and Ogunbowale on the books for a bargain cost of $585,000 in 2020, the latter could have an opportunity to secure a bigger role behind Ronald Jones in training camp and preseason next summer.
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