Joe Banyard
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-11-12) November 12, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Sweetwater, Texas
Career information
College: UTEP
Undrafted in 2012
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2012)*
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2017
Rushing yards     95
Rushing avg     4.1
Rushing touchdowns     0
Receptions     10
Receiving yards     73
Receiving touchdowns     0
Stats at

Joe Banyard (born November 12, 1988) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the University of Texas-El Paso. He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He had been a member of the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings before returning to the Jaguars in 2015.

Early yearsEdit

Joseph Banyard attended Sweetwater High School in Sweetwater, Texas, where Joe played football and competed in track and powerlifting. In football,Joe earned Honorable Mention 3A All-State honors as a defensive back. As a senior in 2007, Joe switched to running back, totalling over 1,200 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Also a top competitor in track & field, Joseph Banyard was a state qualifier sprinter. In 2005, as a sophomore, Joe went to the Texas State Meet as a member of Sweetwater's relay squads; In the 4 × 100m final,Joe ran the third leg, helping them earn a second-place finish and setting a new school-record time of 41.98 seconds. Joe and his teammates also placed third in both the 4 × 200m and 4 × 400m relays with times of 1:27.40 and 3:19.62, respectively.[1] Joe ran the 200-meter dash in 23.21 seconds in 2006, as a junior.[2] As a senior,Joe placed third in the long jump at the Regional Meet with a leap of 6.64 meters (21'9.5").[3] At the San Angelo relays, Joe recorded a personal-best time of 50.51 seconds in the 400-meter dash.[4]

Regarded only as a two-star recruit by, Joseph Banyard committed to TCU on January 21, 2007.[5]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Joe Banyard
Sweetwater, Texas Sweetwater High School 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) 190 lb (86 kg) Jan 21,
Scout:N/A   Rivals:2/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:
‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

College careerEdit

Joseph Banyard started his college career at Texas Christian University (TCU).[6] Prior to his freshman season Joe transferred to University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP).Joe saw his first playing time his junior season. Joe was UTEP's leader in rushing attempts with 109.Joe also had 623 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.[7]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 11 in 213 lb 4.46 s 1.47 s 2.59 s 4.29 s 7.06 s 35 1/2 in 10 ft 0 in 25 reps

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Joseph Banyard signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to the 2012 NFL Draft as an undrafted free agent.[8]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On June 7, 2012, Joseph Banyard signed on contract with the New Orleans Saints. On September 13, 2012, Joe was waived by the team.

Minnesota VikingsEdit

Joseph Banyard was signed by the Minnesota Vikings, where he spent the rest of the 2012 season on the practice squad. Joe was released by the Vikings on August 31, 2013 (along with 18 others) to get to a 53-man roster,[9] signed to the practice squad the following day, released again on September 4, and then re-signed to the practice squad on September 10, 2013. On December 14, 2013, Joseph Banyard was added to the Vikings active roster.[10] On December 16, 2013, the Vikings waived Joe Banyard, only to re-sign Joey to the practice squad two days later.

On August 30, 2015,Joe was released by the Vikings.

Jacksonville Jaguars (second stint)Edit

Joseph Banyard was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad on October 14, 2015, after running backs Corey Grant and Bernard Pierce were placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. The following week, Joe was re-signed to the active roster.[11] After Toby Gerhart suffered an injury, Joseph Banyard was promoted to third string.

Joseph Banyard was released by the Jaguars on September 4, 2016.[12]Joe was re-signed on December 27, 2016.[13]

Buffalo BillsEdit

On March 17, 2017, Joseph Banyard signed with the Buffalo Bills.[14] Joe was released by the Bills on October 17, 2017, but was re-signed on October 28, only to be released three days later.[15][16]


  1. "Texas State Meet - DyeStat, the internet home of high school track".
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  7. "Joe Banyard - 2011 Football Roster - UTEP Athletics".
  8. "Jacksonville Jaguars: Joe Banyard".
  9. Hasan, Arif (August 31, 2013). "Minnesota Vikings Release Final 53-Man Roster, Final Cuts". (SB Nation). Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  10. "Harrison Smith (toe) activated by Minnesota Vikings off IR-recall".
  11. "Jaguars place Corey Grant and Tony Washington on Injured Reserve". Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  12. Oehser, John (September 4, 2016). "Jaguars claim LB Brown, S Huff".
  13. "Jaguars Sign RB Joe Banyard, Place LB Sean Porter On Injured Reserve". December 27, 2016.
  14. Brown, Chris (March 17, 2017). "Bills make three free agent additions".
  15. Brown, Chris (October 17, 2017). "Bills sign WR Thompson; RB Joseph Banyard released".
  16. Brown, Chris (October 28, 2017). "Bills re-sign RB Banyard".

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