Ever since Gus Bradley became the head coach in Jacksonville, the Jaguars have become a landing spot for former members of the Seahawks that Bradley is familiar with from his time as the defensive coordinator in Seattle.
Although he may have ruffled a feather or two in Seattle this offseason, running back Marshawn Lynch is not going to be one of those players in the near future. Thankfully for the Jaguars, they have a running back who thinks he can do a pretty good impersonation of Lynch in the team’s offense this season. Toby Gerhart isn’t planning to start devouring Skittles or asking for more money, but he thinks he can bring a version of Beast Mode to Jacksonville.
“Gus comes from the Seattle Seahawks’ model of playing good defense, relying on the run game where Marshawn Lynch was their ‘Beast Mode’ out there. Hopefully, I’ll be the ‘Beast Mode’ down here for the Jaguars,” Gerhart said, via USA Today. “I want to be a guy who helps turn this program around with a physical, punishing offense.”
Thanks to Adrian Peterson, Gerhart has never been in the lead role before but his backup work with the Vikings show some signs that he’s the right man for that kind of offense. Gerhart picks up a lot of yards after contact while averaging nearly five yards per carry in Minnesota and his relatively light workload has left plenty of tread on his tires.
The Jaguars hope to get the offensive ship moving in the right direction this season and they drafted Blake Bortles, Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in hopes of getting the passing game on track. That’s likely to take a while, but Gerhart’s arrival will make the wait easier if he turns out to be the wrecking ball the Jaguars signed him to be.