Jaguars limiting Denard Robinson’s role


The label “offensive weapon” still applies to Jaguars rookie Denard Robinson.  But he won’t be used as broadly as previously believed.

We did take less off of him,” coach Gus Bradley said Thursday, via the Associated Press.  “We’ve got him more towards kickoff returns, some of the things he’s doing offensively.  We’re taking some things off of his plate to see if that just frees up his mind a little bit more.”

The problem, per the AP, is ball security.  Robinson, with an excessive number of roles, was making too many mistakes with the ball.

So instead of playing running back, receiver, quarterback, punt returner, and kick returner, Robinson has focused on running back, Wildcat quarterback, and kickoff returns.  Ultimately, he may be limited to 10 touches per game.

“However it goes, I want to be an offensive weapon,” Robinson said.  “I want to be somebody that can get the ball and make something happen from anywhere in the backfield.  I’m taking on that one.  I just got to keep working and get better at everything.”

There’s one specific thing at which he needs to get better.

“He’s got to be able to take care of the ball,” Bradley said. “If we can’t have ball security and feel confident in that, then you may not see it. [He’s getting] better, but not where we want it.”

With a defense focused on creating turnovers, the last thing Bradley needs is to be giving them away on offense or special teams.

21 responses to “Jaguars limiting Denard Robinson’s role

  1. The most overhyped 5th round pick in the history of the NFL. It’s smart of them to limit him because his skill set is very limited. He’s fast and that’s it. He was never able to develop a passing game at Michigan. That seems like a pretty important thing to do if you’re a quarterback but he couldn’t do it.

  2. ‘We did take less off him’ …. um, what? Doesn’t that mean they gave him more? Listening to coaches makes my brain hurt.

  3. The Jags are doing the right thing in allowing Robinson to find his own niche in the offense & special team roles. He can help more with his legs than with his hands.

  4. We can’t really expect much from a 5th rounder. A rejuvenated MJD and Cecil Shorts will carry the offense, but Crappert will keep it from reaching its full potential.

  5. He’s learning like 5-6 different positions as a rook, give the guy a break.. From what I’ve observed of him at practice, he’ll become the OW he envisions himself to be, but he has to be brought in a position or 2 at a time. The WC formation suits him best as of now, I haven’t seen much of ST yet. Remember he’s technically wrapping up his 1st week of camp, he has a ways to go, & I expect him to be every bit of the “slash” player Kordell Stewart was to the Steelers.
    Just wait & see!!!

  6. The most talked about fifth rounder I have seen in a while. In all the Denard talk, people are missing out on Ace Sanders. He has been the star of camp in Jacksonville.

  7. I’d let him focus solely on earning a RB job.

    He accounted for 220 yards and a touch in the last 2 games with one healthy arm against Iowa and OSU lining up as a RB.

    He could totally be MJD’s lightning….it’s not like the Jag’s 3 deep at RB is anything to write home about without him there.

  8. Look he is a good kid. He got away with being a college player and he had a lot of little injuries on and off but this is the big leagues. He will get his bell rung early on and we will all forget about him.

    Just like Jave Best who was smallish and often hurt in college (reason most teams passed on him) the game was to rough for him. He probably still has headaches.

  9. If I were a Jags fan, I think I would be fairly excited about this coach. He seems like a pretty straight shooter, not afraid to criticize when appropriate and actually let you know what’s going on with his team.

  10. The media has made Denard Robinson into some sort of super hero. Has he ever been great? Nope. Has he ever been good Now and then.

    My money is on Robinson not being on a roster come September. The media will have to follow him around at McDonalds. Then they can talk about how great he is at making big macs.

  11. Jags have already gotten WAY MORE than fair value out of Denard already, in positive, upbeat, publicity. He is real too, not a poser like Newton, Griffin, and so many others. A rare combination of talent, humility, and intelligence.

  12. Give it some time, hes a QB playing RB/WR coming off of an injury. It may take some time for him to get the hang of things, but when he does he could be a dynamic player with the speed he has. Loved him on the Wolverines and will be rooting hard for him in the NFL.

  13. Just wait till all you Jags fans get to see Denard in action. He’s has incredible talent and once he’s loose, he’s G-O-N-E because nobody can catch a greased Shoelace. He’s a Michigan Man through and through and he will be until the day he dies! Go Denard and forever Go Blue! We’ll miss you in A2 this fall!

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