The Jacksonville Jaguars are trading for Cleveland Browns running back Carlos Hyde in yet another effort to replace the injured Leonard Fournette, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Browns are trading RB Carlos Hyde to Jacksonville, source tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 19, 2018
The Browns signed Hyde to a three-year deal worth slightly over $15 million in the offseason, but the team is giving up on him already. Hyde has 382 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the season, averaging a mere 3.4 yards per carry.
Jacksonville signed former Pro Bowler Jamaal Charles last week in order to boost the ground game, which has struggled big time without Fournette. The latter has only played in two games this season as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury. Fournette has been ruled out for the team's Week 7 contest with the Houston Texans.
A Lisfranc injury ended the season of Corey Grant, the speedy and flashy do-it-all running back for Jacksonville. The Jaguars will now rely on Hyde, Charles and T.J. Yeldon to carry the ground game until Fournette returns - though it's anybody's guess when that will happen.
Jacksonville relied heavily on its ground game last season, and it led to an AFC South division crown and AFC Championship Game appearance. But the rushing offense has been mediocre in 2018; they rank 17th in the category with just 103.3 rushing yards per game.
Hyde is now in his fifth NFL season, and he's coming off consecutive 900-yard seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Now playing behind one of the league's top offensive lines, Hyde has the chance to make an immediate impact on a struggling Jaguars' offense.
Jacksonville started out the season 3-1, but they've been blown out in back-to-back weeks in road losses to the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys. The struggles of quarterback Blake Bortles have been a key reason why, but the defense and ground game haven't fared much better.
The Jaguars host the Texans this Sunday, and they can only hope that Hyde can bring an instant boost to an offense that hasn't found its identity all season.