Toby Gerhart got a reputation for being a bruising runner during his time in the Pac-10 Conference at Stanford University. However, he hasn’t had much opportunity to live up to that reputation in the NFL because he’s been stuck behind some guy named Adrian Peterson for his first four seasons in Minnesota.
Gerhart signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason with the hopes of becoming a star runner in his own right.
So far, the Jaguars like what they are seeing from Gerhart.
“He’s a horse,” running backs coach Terry Richardson said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “He’s a big guy, and I talked to one of his former [position] coaches, and he was saying Toby had the strongest legs he’s been around in terms of his leg drive and leg power. We’re excited about that.”
Gerhart has produced in the few significant opportunities he’s received. In nine games in which he’s had at least 10 carries, Gerhart is averaging 77 yards per game and a 4.7 yards per carry average.
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is well aware of what a strong running game can do to help an offense. Bradley saw Marshawn Lynch power Seattle’s offense for three seasons before leaving for Jacksonville last year. If Gerhart can deliver a similar style for the Jaguars, it could help take the load off Chad Henne and allow Jacksonville’s offense to be more consistent.