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Jaguars have high hopes for Denard Robinson as RB, returner

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At Michigan, Denard Robinson became the all-time leader in rushing yards by a quarterback in the history of major college football. As a fifth-round draft pick in Jacksonville, the Jaguars have big plans for the way to use Robinson’s talent for making plays with the ball in his hands.

Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said he was surprised Robinson was still available in Round 5, and he’s excited about what Robinson can do as both a running back and a kickoff returner.

I’ve been watching that guy for as long as he’s been playing,” Caldwell said. “Every time I go to Michigan it just amazes me about how passionate he is about football, how loved he is at that school amongst his teammates and how he just goes about his business. You watch that guy practice and he has fun. Not only does he have juice on the field in terms of his speed and play-making ability but just juice in the building. You’re going to love the kid. I’ve watched from afar for a long time.”

An elbow injury forced Robinson to move from quarterback to running back at the end of his senior season, and he finished his college career with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games against Ohio State and South Carolina. Asked how he feels about being a tailback in the Jaguars’ offense, Robinson said he feels great about it.

I’m excited,” Robinson said. “They can put me in at receiver or running back or whatever. There’s a lot of different positions so I’m excited about doing that. . . . I’m ready to go to work and do whatever it takes to be on the field.”

Robinson never had an NFL arm, but if he can run in the NFL like he did at Michigan, the Jaguars just added a big-time playmaker.

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  1. shogunassasin30 says: Apr 29, 2013 6:38 PM

    You mean Denard Robinson isn’t stubborn enough to not acknowledge his own limitations and is willing to switch positions? Wow – I wish another “Quarterback” had that kind of self reflection.

  2. tooz72 says: Apr 29, 2013 6:40 PM

    he’s already the best QB they have on their roster

  3. phillyphever says: Apr 29, 2013 6:41 PM

    See Teblow, THIS is what you should be doing to get a team to sign you, not moping around about not being a QB.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 29, 2013 6:41 PM

    I think that Tebow has the second best all time rushing average, per game started, of any QB in NFL history. He wouldn’t have cost a fifth round pick.

  5. fanofevilempire says: Apr 29, 2013 6:41 PM

    Tebow will be there tomorrow.

  6. goatcheez says: Apr 29, 2013 6:50 PM

    First off — I’m a Jags fan. This “thegreatgabbert” is the most off base fan I’ve ever seen. Are you serious? Every time I see one of your posts it’s a guaranteed face palm. You’re completely delusional about Blaine Gabbert, and now you’d rather have Timmy Tebow than DENARD ROBINSON? I’m almost convinced you’re a troll, but you’re so consistent I’m starting to slide back to you actually believing what you type. Hilarious, you’re constant comedy lulz.

  7. wryly1 says: Apr 29, 2013 6:53 PM

    Denard is capable of making places if he gets the ball in space, but no way does he have the physique to be an NFL RB.

  8. lrical says: Apr 29, 2013 6:56 PM

    Take heed tebow

  9. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Apr 29, 2013 7:00 PM

    Denard Robinson aka Shoelace = Jag excitement on the field!

  10. kylexitron says: Apr 29, 2013 7:04 PM

    Everyone cries about Tebowmania but they can’t help themselves from turning a non-Tebow story into a Tebow story.

    Good job, puppets. Expertly trained.

  11. valentino8100 says: Apr 29, 2013 7:06 PM

    They’d win more games starting him in the triple option than they will with Gabbert at the helm. Bring in Timmy to play H-back, and then you’d have to remove the tarps. Say it isn’t so!

  12. cranespy says: Apr 29, 2013 7:07 PM

    Glad to hear D Rob has worked on his attitude since the draft……he is the first player I’ve seen in a long time who visibly showed his lack of enthusiasm at the team who selected him to work for their company. Even Eli put on a proper front!

  13. jcbadger34 says: Apr 29, 2013 7:08 PM

    The guy was banged up constantly in college. To his credit, he usually toughed his way through it. But I don’t see how there’s any way he’ll survive as a RB in the NFL

  14. deezenucks says: Apr 29, 2013 7:10 PM

    Listen to this guy Tebow, here is a team player. I LOVE that the mgmt isnt caving on that guy.
    Great draft for the jags, nice to finally get some love from the media. Guswell has the team headed up, if gabbert busts out after one more chance then bridgewater it is!

  15. runtheball says: Apr 29, 2013 7:15 PM

    Unless he has been on the juice, he is about 175 lbs. He is going to get broken in half like Pat White.

  16. gloryfromheaven says: Apr 29, 2013 7:19 PM

    Klien has the same mentality as Tebow, he believes he’s a QB. Anyone who watched Robinson in college play QB knew right away how bad he was at that position… It’s been several years now that nobody truly knows how well Tebow has proven as a QB, yet will never get to see that moment because nobody wants him

  17. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 29, 2013 7:31 PM

    I know this is “pro” football talk, but did you watch him play in college. His accuracy was lacking, but he could sling it. I’d bet he has a much better arm than Barkley. And way better than someone like Leinhart. Not saying he should/could be an NFL QB, but he’s got an arm. He just can’t get in in the window and he’s tiny.

  18. seahawks55 says: Apr 29, 2013 7:38 PM

    Spent the last two years watching him from the student section, he was always an RB who could throw. I was sad to see him picked right before my Seahawks’ slot. Gus Bradley is a helluva coach and will know how to use him right.

  19. thethunderofgunns says: Apr 29, 2013 7:39 PM

    Caldwell apparently wants Denard Robinson to get on some ‘juice’.

    He’ll bulk up to a massive 113 pounds for his first season in the NFL. Dayum!!!!

    Congrats!!!

  20. mtheparrothead says: Apr 29, 2013 7:42 PM

    Tebow: I’ve always been a bad qb. I want to continue to be a bad qb.
    Denard: put me in wherever. I’m a playmaker.

    This is why will be talking about Denard in 3 years, and tebow will be stirring the punch as a cult leader.

  21. jvillenole says: Apr 29, 2013 7:45 PM

    Everybody who says that he doesn’t have the “physique” to be an NFL RB is wrong.

    He is pretty much the same size and weight as Chris Johnson.

  22. northshorejag says: Apr 29, 2013 7:48 PM

    For supposedly the worst most worthless team in the league we sure do get a lot of ink and comments

  23. cliffclavicle says: Apr 29, 2013 7:48 PM

    Robinson & Tebow > Gabbert and Henne. Any day. Tebow alone is easily a better QB than either Jax QB and the numbers prove it. Gabbert was a bad draft day reach, like what the Bills did this year when they wildly overrated a QB out of desperation. Henne was never any good either, the epitome of a mediocre clipboard-holder/practice squadder.

    Robinson’s a gamer, it was a wise pick with little risk and big upside.

  24. jvillenole says: Apr 29, 2013 7:52 PM

    Besides, they are not asking him to be an every-down RB.

  25. godfatherd says: Apr 29, 2013 7:54 PM

    I don’t understand the jags fans who are down on this pic. Denard has the speed to run away from NFL DBs, and has a knack for avoiding contact. If used correctly and put in space where he is allowed to utilize his change of direction and speed Denard is going to be a very good player for the jags. They are smart to have him focus on running back, a position he looked very comfortable at in his last two games at Michigan. I wish the Lions had a chance at him in the fifth.

  26. kgun80 says: Apr 29, 2013 8:09 PM

    If they use him correctly the kid can be a big contributor. The Jags should play the guy the same as the Vikings used Harvin. Put him anywhere just give him the ball.

  27. bricktop02 says: Apr 29, 2013 8:17 PM

    Him and Tebow will have a smoothie stand in the stadium next year.

  28. eaglesandravens says: Apr 29, 2013 8:18 PM

    The Jags should have high hopes for Robinson. He has some serious upside as an RB. Maybe he’ll be the heir apparent to MJD.

  29. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Apr 29, 2013 8:19 PM

    None of this has anything to do with Tebow. I don’t understand where all of you get this hate from. Players in the NFL get arrested left and right and act like complete idiots all the time and somehow this is the guy you choose to hate? He probably has a higher moral character than roughly 100% of all NFL players. I’m not a fan of his and his constantly talking about his religion is pretty off putting but how about hating Sam Hurd for being a major drug dealer or maybe Roethlisburger for being a rapist?
    As far as Robinson goes he will be a bust. It’s pretty naive to think that someone who has never played running back in their entire life is just going to step in and be good at it at the NFL level.

  30. andrewproughcfe says: Apr 29, 2013 8:19 PM

    He’s a modern day Randle El. Put him at receiver and give him a package of trick plays from under center or in the backfield.

  31. 23chameleons says: Apr 29, 2013 8:44 PM

    He has very similar build to a guy named Chris Johnson, who I hear has done “ok” in the NFL. While 2 tenths of a second slower in the 40, he’s got the same elusiveness and what appears to be greater passion for the game. Not bad for a 5th rounder.

  32. mblue24 says: Apr 29, 2013 9:05 PM

    Henne and Robinson will be a great fit in Jacksonville. Go blue.

  33. abninf says: Apr 29, 2013 9:16 PM

    What’s up with this Tebow stuff? He did anything asked of him in NY.

  34. rajbais says: Apr 29, 2013 9:39 PM

    And when you look at the QB depth chart there’s hope for him there too.

  35. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 29, 2013 9:44 PM

    same with marquies gray from the gophers, and joe webb from the vikings. whoever these moronic coaches are telling these guys they have a future at QB is only hurting the careers of these kids.

    and yes, same with tebow.

    fyi: denard robinson is one of the most overrated big ten players i can ever remember. he padded his stats against the weak conference teams and never did anything significant agsint the good teams.

    he may in fact turn out to be a great return man or running back, but the way the media glorified this kid you would think he was michael vick at virginia tech.

  36. asublimeday says: Apr 29, 2013 9:50 PM

    I like tebow a lot, but if he came into the nfl with robinsons attitude, he’d be a superstar jack-of-all-trades by now

  37. asimonetti88 says: Apr 29, 2013 10:57 PM

    Denard Robinson is the man! Nice pick by the Jags- he is too talented and too athletic to not make it work at some position.

  38. myosin10 says: Apr 30, 2013 2:22 AM

    This was a great pick! I was really hoping SF would take Shoelaces to be Kaps backup and kick returner/ specialist. Maybe some excitement will come out of Jax this year.

  39. goatcheez says: Apr 30, 2013 5:02 AM

    I don’t think half of the comments get that Robinson in fact played RUNNING BACK in his last two games at Michigan. One guy says how can you expect a guy who’s never played running back before to succeed at running back in the NFL. Guess you missed his last two games against Ohio State and South Carolina in which he played running back. Guess what? Both games over 100 yards. Against OSU, 10 carries 122 yards, 12.2 avg and a TD. Against SCAR (Bowl Game), 23 carries 100 yards, 4.3 avg. I’d say he’ll do just fine at running back. There’s gonna be bumps in the road and he needs to buff up his upper body (QBs usually sacrifice muscle mass in upper body for flexibility to be able to make throws — except for a certain infamous free agent QB.) Great value in the FIFTH ROUND.

  40. holographicribs says: Apr 30, 2013 5:20 AM

    I’m bummed the Lions didn’t get him.

  41. hodag54501 says: Apr 30, 2013 6:37 AM

    With the read option making a return to the NFL ranks, seems to me the Jags found a candidate capable of that offense…for a few plays per game. He’ll be cracked in half like a “wishbone” if he plays QB too much. But a few plays per game of read option would be a change of pace.

  42. jjthesportsguy says: Apr 30, 2013 9:54 AM

    For all of you that are comparing Tebow to Shoelace, quit wasting your breath. It is insulting to Denard to be compared to Tebow. Denard is twice the athlete Tebow is. Much more dynamic, great hand eye coordination, and can catch. Tebow is unwilling to switch positions because he can’t play another position. Meanwhile, ESPN is beating him into our brain because for some reason people LOVE Tebow for some unknown reason.

  43. manilovethepftcensors says: Apr 30, 2013 4:49 PM

    Apr 30, 2013 5:02 AM
    I don’t think half of the comments get that Robinson in fact played RUNNING BACK in his last two games at Michigan. One guy says how can you expect a guy who’s never played running back before to succeed at running back in the NFL. Guess you missed his last two games against Ohio State and South Carolina in which he played running back. Guess what? Both games over 100 yards. Against OSU, 10 carries 122 yards, 12.2 avg and a TD. Against SCAR (Bowl Game), 23 carries 100 yards, 4.3 avg. I’d say he’ll do just fine at running back. There’s gonna be bumps in the road and he needs to buff up his upper body (QBs usually sacrifice muscle mass in upper body for flexibility to be able to make throws — except for a certain infamous free agent QB.) Great value in the FIFTH ROUND.

    He played receiver the last couple games genius

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