RB Montell Owens - Free Agent
|5-10, 219||Born: 5-4-1984||College: Maine||Drafted: ---|
2012 Week 1 vs MIN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Rarely on the field, Owens was mostly a blocker, though he was targeted once and made a nice catch and run on the play.
2012 Week 13 vs BUF (7 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
With an early injury to Rashad Jennings, Owens was forced to take over the lead RB duties. Owens was serviceable, at his best, but with a crumbling offense around him and a growing deficit, there wasn't much hope for the recent practice squad call up. Owens showed decent burst, including on his long of nine yards coming on a draw, but was mostly ordinary (only averaging 4.1 yards per carry against the league's worst rushing defense). Owens did pick up a two-point conversion late in the game on a rush up the middle and had one catch on one target for 11 yards.
2012 Week 14 vs NYJ (14 / 91 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
With Rashad Jennings dealing with a concussion and Maurice Jones-Drew still rehabbing his foot injury, Owens made his first career start. Owens accounted for Jacksonville's lone touchdown. During the fourth quarter, Owens took a stretch play to the left and ran untouched into the end zone for a 32-yard score. Owens displayed some impressive burst and vision in the open field as he accelerated into the end zone. Outside of his touchdown run, Owens displayed a variety of impressive open field runs. Owens quickly recognized cut back lanes and showed a variety of shifty moves to make defenders miss. Owens suffered some cramping during the third quarter and the Jaguars clearly missed him as they gained just six yards.
2012 Week 15 vs MIA (11 / 47 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Against one of the better run defenses, Owens averaged more than four yard per rush and was the primary ball carrier with Maurice Jones-Drew still out of the lineup. Owens has little ability to break down a defender in the open field, but showed the tenacity for yards after contact on multiple occasions between the tackles. He powered through a safety for yards after contact to convert third-and-short and did the same on a swing pass. He made an aggressive block in pass protection as well, stoning a defender in his tracks. His biggest gain of the day came on a well-blocked run to the outside. Owens had a clear path to 10+ yards before getting pushed out of bounds. Owens would be a top-25/30 running back option over the final two weeks if he remains the main ball carrier in Jacksonville.
2012 Week 16 vs NE (10 / 42 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 77 / 0 rec)
With the absence of Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings, Owens once again performed well as the lead back. He arguably had his best game of his career with 119 total yards on just 14 touches. He caught all four of his targets and showed well on tape. He looked fresh with precise cuts to run to daylight between the tackles. While he lacks the elite lateral explosion of the well-known stud running backs, Owens showed some similar characteristics this week. On one of the best designed plays in the game, Chad Henne faked a reverse, and then hit Owens on a screen pass to the opposite side of the field. Owens followed the blocks and ran to daylight. Ownes was rarely stuffed at the line of scrimmage; instead it was his vision that found open areas between the tackles before lowering his shoulder. Owens is signed through 2015 for second string-type money, which makes him more than viable as Jones-Drew's primary backup going into next season. With his efficient play over the past month, Owens is a name to remember if Jones-Drew encounters injuries heading into 2013.
2011 Week 12 vs HOU (2 / -2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Like Karim, Montell Owens found no room to run on the few opportunities he was given, all in the second half. He was primarily a special teams player.
2009 Week 1 vs IND (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The special teams ace got the only non-MJD carry, but we wouldn't assume that he's the backup.
2009 Week 2 vs ARI (1 / -2 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Owens looked like he belongs back on special teams. He had a bad drop and let his legs go dead at the point of attack when the hole wasn't there on one of his carries.
2008 Week 3 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
The reserve fullback made a great catch of a ball that fluttered his way after it was deflected by a defensive lineman and converted it into a first down.
2008 Week 4 vs HOU (1 / 41 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The backup fullback made the most of his one opportunity, taking a direct snap on a fake punt and running 41 yards for a touchdown on the Jaguars' opening drive.
2008 Week 13 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Though he received no touches on offense, Owens averaged 15 yards on two kickoff returns.
2008 Week 14 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Montell Owens started at fullback in place of the inactive Greg Jones. Owens dropped an easy pass on a crucial third down conversion.
2008 Week 16 vs IND (1 / 2 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Owens had just one offensive touch in the game, but it happened to be a touchdown. Owners of Maurice Jones-Drew might be concerned to check the box score and see that Owens vultured a two yard touchdown from him, but Owens did not suddenly lay claim to the goal line job in Jacksonville. It was simply a case of Jones-Drew rushing three times in a row and getting banged around on the drive. Owens was likely only in to spell him for the one play, and he just happened to score on it.