Denard Robinson adds 15 pounds, committed to running back

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Second-year running back Denard Robinson has added 15 pounds to his frame, which should go a long way in him settling in at the position.

The Jacksonville Jaguars picked Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson in the fifth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft, making sure to note that he was a running back when the card was read. At one point turning into being listed as an "offensive weapon", Robinson wowed fans and media in training camp with his play making ability.

But when the lights came on he seemed a bit overwhelmed and seemed to fumble the ball more often than one would like. He was also noticeably smaller in his upper body than most running backs, primarily because Robinson played quarterback his college career and had a quarterback frame.

"I think he's up to 212 pounds and he came to us at 197," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley told the media at NFL owner's meetings. "He has taken a different approach. He's coming in to get ready and he understands he's a running back."

This means Robinson has added 15 or so pounds to his frame, likely in his upper body, which should go a long way in helping him settle in to the position, especially if he keeps his explosive speed.

While Robinson played quarterback in college, if you go back and watch him running with the football he always ran like a tailback. He showed remarkable vision and quickness hitting the running lane and had the ability to get small when necessary. He'd also lower his shoulder a few times, which isn't something you often saw from a sub-200 pound running back.

The 2014 season is a very important one for Robinson in his adaptation to NFL running back and I have a feeling the Jaguars plan to use him more significantly than they did his rookie season.

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