Elijah McGuire

NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 2/4/20

Here are today’s reserve/futures deals:

Arizona Cardinals

Kansas City Chiefs

NFL Workout Updates: 11/12/19

Here’s the latest from around the league’s workout circuit:

Carolina Panthers

Cleveland Browns

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

New York Giants

NFL Workout Updates: 11/5/19

Today’s workout notes:

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

  • OL Brandon Hitner

Cincinnati Bengals

Miami Dolphins

San Francisco 49ers

Patriots Work Out Elijah McGuire

After the Patriots got done smoking the Jets, they took a look at one of their former running backs. On Friday, the Jets auditioned running back Elijah McGuire, as Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets.

McGuire spent the last couple of seasons with the Jets, up until his recent release. The tailback drew solid reviews in Jets practice over the last two years, but his career 3.3 yards per carry average isn’t much to write home about.

Austin Walter, a Rice product, also showed his stuff for the Patriots. Walter recently auditioned for the Texans as well, so he may have an opportunity to stay in the great state of Texas.

If McGuire or Walter wind up with the Pats, they might get to make their New England debut against the Browns on Sunday. And, if they don’t, they might find a spot on the Patriots’ always-growing emergency list.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 9/19/19

Here are Thursday’s minor moves:

Cleveland Browns

Green Bay Packers

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

  • Released from IR via injury settlement: DE Ade Aruna

Oakland Raiders

Browns Sign RB Eli McGuire

The Browns signed running back Elijah McGuire, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. McGuire will provide roster depth as a fill-in for Dontrell Hilliard, who has been ruled out with a concussion for tonight’s game against the Jets. 

Of course, while McGuire’s there, the Browns just might pump him for intel. McGuire spent the last couple of seasons with the Jets, up until his recent release.

The tailback drew solid reviews in Jets practice over the last two years, but his career 3.3 yards per carry average isn’t much to write home about. He’ll hope for an opportunity to break through in Cleveland, where he sits behind Nick Chubb and D’Ernest Johnson.

Browns Add RB Eli McGuire

The Jets didn’t have a place for Elijah McGuire, but the Browns did. On Monday, the Browns filled out their taxi squad by signing the running back as well as tackle Paul Adams.

On Saturday, the Jets bumped McGuire and kept an RB group of Le’Veon BellTy MontgomeryBilal Powell, and Trenton Cannon. McGuire drew solid reviews in Jets practice over the last two years, but his career 3.3 yards per carry average isn’t much to write home about.

Here’s what the Browns’ filled out ten-man practice squad* looks like, as of this writing:

1. T Paul Adams

2. DT Brandin Bryant

3. TE Stephen Carlson

4. WR Shelton Gibson

5. LB Willie Harvey

6. S J.T. Hassell

7. CB Robert Jackson

8. RB Elijah McGuire

9. WR Derrick Willies

10. C Willie Wright

*DB Tigie Sankoh (International Program Practice Squad)

Texans, Jets Eyeing RB Trades

With less than 20 hours until teams must have 53-man rosters finalized, two franchises are seeking backfield help. Both the Texans and Jets are looking for running backs via trade, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets.

The Texans may feature the league’s thinnest backfield, having lost three-year starter Lamar Miller for the season. They acquired Duke Johnson from the Browns, but the career passing-down back has maxed out at 104 carries in an NFL season — and that came in 2015. Last season, Johnson took just 40 handoffs in 16 games.

Houston has a host of rookies vying to make the final cut, along with special-teamer Taiwan Jones. No one besides Johnson on the Texans’ roster has carried the ball more than 20 times in a season, and it looks like this backfield will add an outside hire soon — either via trade or the waiver wire. The Texans cut Josh Ferguson on Friday.

Elijah McGuire did not make the Jets’ roster, but Gang Green still employs Le’Veon Bell, Ty Montgomery, Bilal Powell and Trenton Cannon. Their need does not look to be on the same level as the Texans’.

Jets To Release De’Angelo Henderson

The Jets are releasing running back De’Angelo Henderson, Manish Mehta of the Daily News (on Twitter) hears. That’s a strong indication that fellow tailback Eli McGuire will return to face the Dolphins on Sunday.

Henderson, 26 later this month, was a sixth-round pick of the Broncos last year and appeared in a handful of games as a rookie. He joined the Jets’ practice squad after missing Denver’s final cut and earned a promotion to the main roster after Bilal Powell was lost for the year. He did not see the field against the Bears on Sunday, so his brief Jets stint will end without an official statistic recorded. It stands to reason that the Jets may re-sign him to the practice squad if he clears waivers, however.

The Jets’ primary rusher on Sunday will be Isaiah Crowell with sixth-round pick Trenton Cannon and (probably) McGuire in reserve.

Jets Designate RB Elijah McGuire To Return From IR

The Jets have designated running back Elijah McGuire to return from injured reserve, according to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer (Twitter link).

McGuire was placed on injured reserve in September after initially being carried through to the Jets’ initial 53-man roster. NFL rules stipulate that any player who returns from IR must have been on his club’s original 53-man roster, and also mandates a minimum eight-week absence. As such, McGuire can be activated in advance of New York’s Week 9 matchup against the Dolphins.

McGuire, 24, appeared in all 16 games and made two starts after the Jets selected him in the sixth round of last year’s draft. On 88 carries, McGuire managed only 3.6 yards per carry and scored one touchdown, adding 17 receptions and another score in the passing game. Football Outsiders wasn’t a fan of McGuire’s work, ranking him third-to-last in rushing DVOA, which measures overall efficiency.

If and when McGuire is added to the Jets’ roster, he’ll join a depth chart that also includes running backs Isaiah Crowell, Bilal Powell, and Trenton Cannon.

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