The Jacksonville Jaguars struggled to run the football in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The interior of the offensive lineman couldn't get a lot going but one player in particular seemed to be showing a little bit of a spark when they were in the game.
Second-year running back Denard Robinson entered the game in the second quarter after Toby Gerhart got injured. His first carry went for just three yards, but he was able to get small and find a running lane. Robinson's second run of the game, on the next drive, picked up six yards on the ground. It looked as if having someone who could make quicker cuts and get through the hole was going to make a difference.
Robinson touched the ball just two more times on the afternoon and ended up with three carries for eight yards and a reception for three yards. He played just five snaps on the afternoon and quickly disappeared.
The most I've been able to gather from his lack of snaps is the team doesn't trust him in pass protection just yet. Jordan Todman, who played 23 snaps, was in on 11 passing plays and pass blocked eight times on the night.
It seemed curious that with the struggles in the running game, the Jaguars opted to pull the guy who looked like he was close to giving them a spark in the running game. Hopefully going forward we'll see some more of Robinson.