The Jacksonville Jaguars are doing what they can to ensure head coach Urban Meyer has weapons to work with in his first season at the helm.
The Jaguars have added five players on Monday while also re-signing defensive lineman Dawuane Smoot. There is a clear emphasis on offense, with a wide receiver and a running back being brought in.
Former Seahawks receiver Phillip Dorsett is the speed receiver Meyer wanted. His teammate on the Seahawks, running back Carlos Hyde, will provide insurance at that position. Hyde seems like an obvious addition, as Meyer coached him at Ohio State and Jaguars GM Trent Baalke drafted him with the 49ers.
The biggest addition of the day financially is defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris, who started 13 games in four years with the Bears and signed for three years and $24.4 million. Former Eagles safety Johnathan Ford also signed and is likely to provide competition at that position.
The Jaguars certainly represent a significant rebuilding job. None of these moves are flashy, but they may end up being very beneficial. Couple that with what’s coming in the NFL Draft and the team has a chance to be significantly improved.
The Seattle Seahawks will play their Week 10 game at the Rams without Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde, among other players.
Carson remains out due to a foot injury he initially sustained in Week 7. He has missed the last two games and this will be his third in a row.
Similarly, Hyde has a hamstring injury and has not played since Week 7 either. This will be his third straight missed game.
Shaquill Griffin (concussion, hamstring) and Quinton Dunbar (knee) will also miss the Week 10 game. The defensive line will be getting a boost though with Snacks Harrison making his season debut.
With Carson and Hyde out, Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas have been getting a lot of the carries. The two were taken by Seattle out of Miami in the last two drafts.
Seattle also activated Alex Collins off their practice squad. He had two carries in Week 9.
Carlos Hyde just signed with the Seattle Seahawks last month, and he is being realistic about his place in the pecking order.
Speaking with reporters on Monday, the veteran running back said that “everybody knows” Chris Carson is the starter in Seattle, per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. Hyde also said that he will come in to compete Carson but with the understanding that he is most likely competing for the No. 2 spot.
Hyde, who rushed for 1,070 yards last year with the Houston Texans, agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million deal with the Seahawks. Carson had an even better 2019 season as Seattle’s starter however, racking up 1,230 rushing yards. Thus, there is no reason to believe that he will not retain the job in 2020.
Beyond those two players, the Seahawks also have Rashaad Penny and Travis Homer in the backfield. But with much uncertainty over Penny’s health at least, Hyde looks like a strong bet to win the backup job behind Carson.
The Seattle Seahawks reportedly have their veteran running back.
According to Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Seahawks have agreed to terms with Carlos Hyde on a one-year deal.
With Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny both coming off serious injuries, the Seahawks wanted a little bit more certainty in the backfield. Hyde was a 1,000-yard rusher last year with the Houston Texans, and will provide an excellent complementary option in Seattle’s backfield. They had been looking at other options as well, but negotiations with Hyde apparently proved simplest.
Hyde turns 30 in September. 2019 was his first 1,000-yard season, but he’s always been good at finding the end zone, racking up at least five rushing touchdowns in each of his last four NFL seasons.
The Seattle Seahawks are one of a few teams looking to add a veteran running back this offseason, and Carlos Hyde is said to be on their radar.
The Seahawks recently made a contract offer to Devonta Freeman, but the former Atlanta Falcons star turned it down for now. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reported on Friday that the Seahawks also have interest in Carlos Hyde, who may be a more realistic option for them.
Freeman, 28, is almost two years younger than Hyde, though the latter had the better season in 2019. Hyde rushed for over 1,000 yards with the Houston Texans and averaged 4.4 yards per carry, which was the second-highest mark of his career. Freeman averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per carry in Atlanta.
Rashaad Penny is likely to start the season on the physically unable to perform list, so the Seahawks are looking for a veteran who can provide depth in the meantime. They probably aren’t willing to spend much to fill that need, though they may have to outbid at least one other team if they want to sign Hyde.
The Philadelphia Eagles have been looking to add a veteran running back this offseason, and one of the scenarios they have discussed is bringing back LeSean McCoy.
ESPN’s Tim McManus reported on Thursday that the Eagles have narrowed their focus to McCoy, Devonta Freeman and Carlos Hyde. The team is looking to add one of the three veteran backs in the near future.
McCoy, who turns 32 in July, said recently that he would like to return to Philadelphia to help mentor young running back Miles Sanders. McManus notes that the Eagles are high on Sanders and believe he can become a Pro Bowl player, so perhaps McCoy’s enthusiasm about working with the former second-round pick will be enough to convince Philly to bring him back.
Of the three veteran backs, Hyde was the most productive last season. He rushed for over 1,000 yards with the Houston Texans and averaged 4.4 yards per carry, which was the second-highest mark of his career. McCoy rushed for just 465 yards and appeared to fall out of favor with Andy Reid in Kansas City.
Freeman, 28, is the youngest of the three veteran backs the Eagles have interest in, but he averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per carry last season. He also has at least one other known suitor.
The Philadelphia Eagles have high expectations for Miles Sanders heading into his second NFL season, but they may be looking to bring in a proven veteran to pair with the former second-round pick.
NFL insider Adam Caplan said on his latest “Inside the Birds” podcast with Geoff Mosher that the Eagles have interest in free agent back Carlos Hyde.
“They want to sign a veteran running back … The guy that I know they have some interest in, and we’ll see if it happens, is a guy that’s really, really talented. The Eagles, I’m told, have interest in him … I’m told Hyde is a guy they’re targeting,” Caplan said, as transcribed by Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation.
Hyde will turn 30 in December, but he rushed for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career with the Houston Texans last season. His 4.4 yards per carry was the second-highest mark of his career. Hyde scored six touchdowns.
Sanders rushed for 818 yards and averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 2019, so the Eagles likely feel that the two backs would be a nice complement to one another.
The Houston Texans have added badly-needed depth to their backfield.
The Texans acquired running back Carlos Hyde in exchange for offensive lineman Martinas Rankin in a deal involving two players who were likely poised to be cut anyway.
Hyde isn’t likely to be thrust into a leading role in the Houston backfield, but he’ll likely get his reps. The 28-year-old ran for 571 yards and five touchdowns last season, which he split between the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent two years as a regular starter for the San Francisco 49ers before that, where he tallied up 1,926 yards over two seasons. He’s likely to be the backup for ex-teammate Duke Johnson after starter Lamar Miller suffered a season-ending knee injury during preseason.
Carlos Hyde may not be out of a job for long.
Hyde was among the players released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday. He already has a visit lined up with the Kansas City Chiefs for Saturday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Hyde was acquired by the Jags last season in a bit of a desperation move. They were frustrated by Leonard Fournette’s absences and thought Hyde could help the offense along with TY Yeldon. But the team continued to lose and he failed to score a touchdown in eight games, rendering the Hyde acquisition mostly pointless.
Kansas City has Damien Williams at running back and is looking for a complement. Hyde averaged just 3.3 yards per carry last season, his second straight year with an average under 4 yards per attempt.
The Jacksonville Jaguars made multiple moves on Friday to free up salary cap space.
According to numerous reports, the Jags are releasing defensive tackle Malik Jackson and running back Carlos Hyde. They tried to trade both players first but were unsuccessful.
Jackson spent three seasons in Jacksonville and never missed a game. He recorded 18 sacks and four forced fumbles during that span, so the Jaguars will have to find a way to replace the 29-year-old’s production.
Hyde was always seen as a temporary solution for the Jags, as they acquired him in a trade with the Cleveland Browns last season while Leonard Fournette was battling injuries. He averaged just 3.3. yards per carry on 58 rushing attempts, and Fournette has smoothed things over with the Jaguars after a tumultuous end to 2018.