The Jaguars worked out free agent Mike Gillislee on Thursday, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The Jags were one of five teams that tried to sign the running back last year and they could be on the verge of adding him for 2019.
Gillislee enjoyed a breakout season in 2016 as he averaged 5.7 yards per carry on 101 handoffs with the Bills. In the following offseason, the Pats signed him to a two-year, $6.4MM deal, but he didn’t get a ton of opportunities in 2017, outside of his three-touchdown performance in Week 1.
After missing New England’s cut in 2018 – and garnering interest from the Jaguars, Lions, and other clubs – Gillislee hooked on with the Saints. He averaged just 2.7 yards in the first four games of the year and was pushed aside after Mark Ingram returned from suspension.
The Jaguars used a fifth-round pick to select Temple running back Ryquell Armstead, but they’re still on the lookout for help behind starter Leonard Fournette. Insurance for the 24-year-old is key after he missed half of the 2018 season.
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