Alfred Blue
Alfred Blue
28-Year-Old Running BackRB
Jacksonville Jaguars
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Blue saw plenty of work during his final season with the Texans as he rushed 150 times for 499 yards and two touchdowns for an uninspiring 3.3 yards per carry. He also caught 20-of-27 targets for 154 yards. The 28-year-old averaged only 3.9 yards per touch over his five years in Houston, making it difficult to get too excited about his move to Jacksonville. The only returning running back for the Jaguars is starter Leonard Fournette, who is entering a make-or-break season with the team. He figures to start out in a an every-down role, but has battled injuries and discipline issues over his first two years in the league. Blue should enter training camp with the upper hand for the backup role, but the one-year contract he signed this offseason certainly doesn't offer him much security. Rookie fifth-round pick Ryquell Armstead figures to be his primary competition for the No. 2 job, though Thomas Rawls and Benny Cunningham will also be fighting for roster spots. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Jaguars in April of 2019.
Joined by rookie in Houston
RBJacksonville Jaguars
April 29, 2019
The Jaguars used a fifth-round pick on RyQuell Armstead to join Blue in the backfield, John Oehser of the team's official website reports.
The Jaguars have now replaced Carlos Hyde, T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant (foot) with Blue, Armstead and Benny Cunningham. The team also has Dave Williams and Thomas Rawls, potentially setting up an open competition for the second, third and fourth spots on the depth chart behind Leonard Fournette. While his experience should put him second through the rotation to start training camp, Blue repeatedly has proven to be an unexciting player with borderline pass-game skills and minimal explosiveness. Cunningham at least has some receiving ability, and Armstead ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at 220 pounds. The Jaguars desperately need Fournette to stay healthy and productive.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Alfred Blue's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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Positive Run %
% Yds After Contact
Avg Yds After Contact
Rushing TD %
Touches Per Game
% Snaps w/Touch
Air Yards Per Game
Air Yards Per Snap
% Team Air Yards
% Team Targets
Avg Depth of Target
2.3 Yds
Catch Rate
Drop Rate
Avg Yds After Catch
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2018 Alfred Blue Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Alfred Blue's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 2"
225 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.63 sec
Shuttle Time
4.50 sec
Cone Drill
7.15 sec
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
Broad Jump
121 in
Bench Press
13 reps
Hand Length
9.88 in
Arm Length
32.38 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Blue didn't generate a whole lot of buzz in free agency, so he returned to the franchise that drafted him in 2014. There have been opportunities for Blue, who was the main backup during the years when Arian Foster was often hurt, but he never made defenses fear him. He flashed some weeks, but disappeared for long stretches. Blue's knowledge of the offense provides some comfort and helped him earn a roster spot at the conclusion of the preseason, but his limited usage behind starter Lamar Miller could come to a screeching halt if second-year back D'Onta Foreman, who will miss at least the first six weeks of 2018 while recovering from a torn Achilles, is activated by mid-season.
The Texans have seen Blue for three seasons and 45 games, more than enough time to evaluate him. He'd been given opportunities as the result of injuries to Arian Foster in 2014 and 2015, but he never evolved into an impact back, one that opponents have to scheme against. Lamar Miller was added in 2016 as the lead running back and 2017 third-round draft pick D'Onta Foreman appears to be the change-of-pace back Blue could never be. Blue's experience in the offense will be helpful, but his contributions will be limited.
Blue’s audition as Houston’s main back didn’t go very well in 2015, when he started nine games for the injured Arian Foster. Quite often, the rushing attack was ineffectual as we learned that Blue is not a game-changer. He averaged three yards or fewer per carry in seven of his 15 games. Though he finished the season on a high note, crossing 100 yards in two of the final three games of the regular season then rushing for 99 yards in the playoff loss to the Chiefs, it wasn’t enough to save his job as the lead back. Houston signed Lamar Miller, who will be the primary back while Blue becomes the bigger back that gives defenses a different look.
An unheralded 2014 sixth-round pick out of LSU, Blue emerged as Arian Foster's most reliable backup last season. Now that Foster appears headed for groin surgery, opportunity knocks for Blue in 2015. Blue has nearly identical size and speed to Foster and showed similar vision and patience. The comparison ended, though, when defenders got their hands on him. While Foster is among the league's toughest backs to bring down, Blue was one of the easiest, ranking in the bottom five among running backs in touches per missed tackle. He hit holes effectively, but without Foster's burst or power, Blue wasn't able to do as much with them. Foster's increasing fragility likely will result in more work for Blue, but the Texans might look for an upgrade now that Foster is hurt again.
Although Blue showed promise as a runner in his four seasons at LSU, he ended up only starting seven games in his college career, never carried the ball more than 71 times in a season, and had his junior year cut short by a knee injury. Still, the Texans saw enough to select the well-built rusher in the sixth round of this year's draft, and he'll battle with Jonathan Grimes in training camp for the right to serve as the No. 2 behind to Arian Foster.
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Gets nice opportunity with Jaguars
RBJacksonville Jaguars
April 1, 2019
Blue is signing a one-year contract with the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Getting a look from Jacksonville
RBFree Agent
April 1, 2019
Blue is visiting with the Jaguars on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Minimal role in playoff loss
RBHouston Texans
January 6, 2019
Blue had two carries for eight yards and caught two passes for 11 yards in Saturday's 21-7 wild-card round loss to the Colts.
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Small role in finale
RBHouston Texans
December 31, 2018
Blue had three carries for 12 yards and caught two of three targets for another 12 yards in Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jaguars.
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Held to 40 yards in loss
RBHouston Texans
December 23, 2018
Blue rushed four times for 14 yards and caught four of five targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 32-30 loss to the Eagles.
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