Denard Robinson has a unique position on Jaguars roster


When Denard Robinson was making the rounds in advance of the 2013 NFL Draft, he worked out as a receiver and running back because few people thought he could remain at the quarterback spot he played at the University of Michigan.

The Jaguars took him in the fifth round, with all signs, including his uniform No 29, pointing to him making the move to running back. Then Robinson lined up at quarterback for plays during the Jaguars’ offseason workouts, leading to questions about just how the Jags were planning to use their rookie. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said at the time that “we don’t have to tell you” how Robinson will be used and the team is continuing its efforts to obscure their intentions.

On the Jaguars’ roster on their website, brought to our attention by a member of PFT Planet on Twitter, Robinson is the only player listed with the position “OW” which likely stands for “offensive weapon,” a description that Robinson has used when talking about where he saw himself playing in the NFL. It’s not a designation we’ve seen before for an NFL player, although there have been more than few in recent years who fit a similar bill.

Ultimately, of course, it doesn’t matter what position Robinson is listed as playing. What will matter is how well he is able to make use of his skills for a Jaguars offense that needs every playmaker they can find on the offensive side of the ball.

26 responses to “Denard Robinson has a unique position on Jaguars roster

  1. Robinson is a godsend for the Jags. He is one of the most dynamic players in the draft. On and off the field. He will take the spotlight off Gabbert, who has been getting scorched by it. Off Blackmon, who has absolutely no charisma, and off MJD who is in it for the wrong reasons lately.

    Shoelace personality is worth about two rounds in the draft. Ace Sanders as well. If these two have some success, they will be huge. Florida guys as well.

  2. I am a Buckeye and Colts fan….But I am rooting for Denard to do well, jags need a great player and someone to stand behind… their so called stars are disappointing on and off the field….

  3. They’ve definitely got some new options on offense w tremendous upside. However, the qb is still the weak link. Until they get somebody back there that can really play the position, they’re going to continue to suck bad. Get a REAL QB and watch these guys take off. And I’m not even a jags fan.

  4. “OW” could have been the reaction of someone after they watched him try to throw a deep out.

  5. The success of this offense depends on the jags using Henne at QB. They were much more competitive with Henne. Gabbert can’t move the chains.

  6. Are you sure the “OW” wasn’t in the record collumn for 2013?

    As in One Win.

  7. I know it’s not reasonable for him to be adept at playing several positions at a high level but I would love to see the Jags use all his abilities. Imagine the flexibility the Jags would have with their roster if he was their back up QB on game day as well as their 2nd or 3rd RB while he plays WR and kick returner. They could stock pile DL or LB and rotate them out to keep the D fresh or have tons of WR and TE and spread out the offense.

  8. He’s undersized and can’t complete a pass to save his life. No way on quarterback or running back. Possibly a number 4 or 5 receiver/return man.

  9. Robinson is HORRIBLE!

    He held back an otherwise outstanding Michigan team with his horrible QB play. He doesn’t have the skills to play WR or QB at the next level.

    Bust of a pick.

  10. zn0rseman says:
    Jun 25, 2013 5:05 PM
    Robinson is HORRIBLE!

    He held back an otherwise outstanding Michigan team with his horrible QB play. He doesn’t have the skills to play WR or QB at the next level.

    Bust of a pick.
    I’d say the jury is still out at playing WR in the NFL, and it really depends on what you’re asking of him. Considering the success rate of most 5th round picks, calling him a “bust of a pick” this early is silly.

    If the Jaguars find unique ways to get him the ball in space, whether it’s from a screen play at WR, RB, or a few zone reads/wildcat plays he could be a nice big play potential.

    I’m not expecting wonders out of him his first season, but already labeling him a bust at a position where he has a few months of experience and where we have only seem him perform with nerve damage is naive.

    Regarding Size, Percy Harvin is 5’11”, 184 lbs. Robinson is 6’0″ and 190.

    He did get banged up a lot in college though. Cost Michigan the Nebraska game.

  11. Shoelace played close to 50 games in college and had 1500 combined plays, passing and running. You can’t call him injury prone. Probably wasn’t another player in the country who took the same amount of punishment over that time period.

  12. One way to take the spotlight off of Gabbert is for Gabbert to play like an NFL QB versus a good practice player. You know, against opposing players.

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