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Jaguars think Denard Robinson can work as a running back

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The Jaguars drafted former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson with an eye toward making him their OW — offensive weapon — but it turns out he was no more offensive than the rest of their team.

Then they tried to settle him at wide receiver, and that didn’t yield much either.

So now, at 0-8 and officially at the “why not, let’s try it” stage of the season, they’re going to make him a running back.

“We tried him at wildcat and tried him at receiver and we just said that didn’t work real well,’’ Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said, via Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. “Let’s put him at tailback. He never played it before, but when he did, some things came naturally to him. . . .

“He gained our trust as far as ball security and he had a really good work of practice before the San Francisco game and we said, ‘All right, let’s get him in there and see what he can do.'”

Robinson will be backing up Maurice Jones-Drew, and they hope to get him more involved. He had four carries against the 49ers for 15 yards, with a 21-yard run negated by a penalty.

Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said in an ideal world, Jones-Drew would carry it 20 times a game and for Robinson would get around 14 carries.

Of course, to run the ball 34 times, they’d need to be not hopelessly behind at halftime, and that hasn’t worked out so far. They haven’t rushed for 100 yards in a game this year as a team, as big deficits have forced them to throw.

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23 Responses to “Jaguars think Denard Robinson can work as a running back”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 8, 2013 11:48 AM

    Khan!!!?

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 8, 2013 11:49 AM

    Ridley Scott

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 8, 2013 11:51 AM

    O – H ! ! !

  4. bennyb82 says: Nov 8, 2013 11:55 AM

    Denard should be playing a Randall Cobb type role, but I do not think it is going to matter where you put him on this team. I sure do not see him running up the middle and having any success. I wonder if they have tried having him run straight down the field for a bomb…

  5. patsarethegoat says: Nov 8, 2013 11:56 AM

    Mine aswell start him at QB already.

  6. 23rdusernameused says: Nov 8, 2013 11:58 AM

    I feel sad for Gus and Kahn! That team is super lousy, beyond fixing, and just plain sucky!

  7. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 8, 2013 12:09 PM

    Worst franchise in sports right now!

  8. grruffgrruff says: Nov 8, 2013 12:09 PM

    Running is his game.
    Too small for QB or WR.
    Certainly can’t hurt.
    At this point, try anything!

  9. dspyank2k11 says: Nov 8, 2013 12:16 PM

    Aww let him play QB, hes probably better than what they currently have.

  10. 8drinkminimum says: Nov 8, 2013 12:16 PM

    Is he big enough for the punishment?

  11. jamezz23 says: Nov 8, 2013 12:23 PM

    I may be Michigan biased here but him with the ball in his hands is electric, he’s patient and has been labeled to small but I guess you’ve never stood next to him, he’s not small. Never will be a every down back, but not to many are now days.

  12. johnnycash19 says: Nov 8, 2013 12:24 PM

    He couldn’t stay healthy at QB while at Michigan, I watched him come out of games for series/quarters at a time. no way he stays healthy at RB in the NFL.

  13. Send in the Clowney says: Nov 8, 2013 12:28 PM

    Why not try him at quarterback? Isn’t that where the greatest need is?

  14. Patskrieg dot com says: Nov 8, 2013 12:39 PM

    It is almost impossible for the Jaguars to not go 0-16. This organization is a disgrace.

  15. woodsa22 says: Nov 8, 2013 12:45 PM

    Jaguars think Blaine Gabbert can work as a quarter back

  16. monkeyjuice313 says: Nov 8, 2013 12:47 PM

    He’s fast, but I don’t think he’s evasive enough. Give it a whirl…let me know how it goes. I’m forever rooting for him. Go Blue.

  17. eatitfanboy says: Nov 8, 2013 1:00 PM

    He’s wrong that Robinson never played tailback before, unless he was only referring to the NFL.

    Robinson sustained an injury last season at Michigan that prevented him from throwing so he switched to TB near the end of the season.

  18. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 8, 2013 1:09 PM

    Denard Robinson statistics vs. The Ohio State:

    1 win – 3 losses

  19. pittsburghfan71 says: Nov 8, 2013 1:12 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 8, 2013 11:51 AM
    O – H ! ! !

    ___________
    I – O!!!

  20. lionsplayoffs says: Nov 8, 2013 1:14 PM

    Returning all kicks, 15 carries a game and reverses. Like CJ Spiller, just not always hurt.

  21. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 8, 2013 1:26 PM

    Robinson was drafted as a running back. Which is the position he finished his college career at. Where is the controversy? They tried him in different offensive situations, but that is normal for a player of his size and quickness. He isn’t likely to ever be a traditional running back.

  22. shlort says: Nov 8, 2013 1:29 PM

    This is what happens when a player is drafted at the “Play Maker” position (whatever that is). Basically, Robinson was not a very good QB in college. He ran the ball like crazy though. Again, that was at the college level against poor competition in most cases. I mean, to be realistic, it does not take much for a player from the big 10 to rack up 200 yards rushing against some college like Middle Tennessee Valley State Techincal College or whoever these college power houses play for 2/3rds of their schedule.

    Robinson was hyped up pre-draft and all through his college career for whatever reason. I am a U of M fan and watch them whenever I can. I didn’t see what was so special about Robinson.

  23. onbucky96 says: Nov 8, 2013 2:33 PM

    The Jags are so fun to watch. Reciever gets suspended again, Team can’t win, and the owner looks like a porn star. All I can add is…KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

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