With the additions of T.J. Yeldon, Bernard Pierce, and a healthy Toby Gerhart, many Jacksonville Jaguars fans have wondered how much a guy like Denard Robinson will be fit into the offense.
He’s still making that transition from college quarterback to NFL running back, but last season before he suffered a foot injury he was really starting to show the ability to be a big-time play threat from the backfield.
Robinson carved up the Cleveland Browns in the most dominant win of the season for the Jaguars and even had a few explosive runs in other games called back for penalties. The Jaguars are definitely going to use Robinson this upcoming season, especially given that he’s looked good so far in training camp (so I’ve been told from my birdies) but it might not solely be in the backfield.
"That’s wide open right now. It’s going to be really interesting how that plays out I believe not only through the practices but through the preseason," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said when asked how Denard Robinson fit into the backfield rotation with the other players.
"We talked about the run and the commitment to the run, the offensive line and strong competition at the running back," Bradley added. "It will be interesting how that plays out. All different styles."
Not only will Robinson see time in the backfield, but expect to see him a lot more on special teams as he continues his transition from quarterback to running back to complete football player. According to Bradley, Robinson will not just be involved as a running back, but also in the kick return game and punt coverage unit.
"We’ve got him playing a lot of positions; obviously running back and then multiple special teams so I think his comfort level at the running back spot, to try to get him better at protections," Bradley continued about Robinson.
Robinson might never be that guy who gets 200 or more touches and is a fantasy football sleeper, but he still has a chance to carve out a niche role for himself as a running back and special teamer.