Around the NFL  

 

Denard Robinson pulling away in Jags' RB competition

Print

The Jacksonville Jaguars labeled Denard Robinson an "offensive weapon" last season, then struggled to get the athletic former quarterback involved in the offense. In the past two weeks, however, the Jags finally found the proper holster for their weapon.

In Week 7 Robinson rushed for 127 yards. But that was against a 32nd-ranked Cleveland Browns defense. Surely he wouldn't put that type of performance up again against a 10th-ranked Miami Dolphins defense. Except he did.

Robinson rushed for 108 yards on 18 carries -- 90 yards in the first half alone -- in Jacksonville's 27-13 loss.

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Robinson "was an offensive weapon and we were moving him around trying to find out what his strengths are," per The Florida Times-Union.

It was the first time a Jaguars running back had gone over 100 yards rushing in back-to-back weeks since Maurice Jones-Drew in 2011, per NFL Media research.

Robinson's biggest play came on a 41-yard burst on the second snap from scrimmage on a fake reverse.

Toby Gerhart returned to the lineup after missing two games due to injury but had just four carries for 10 yards, while Jordan Todman had two totes for 10 yards.

Bradley wasn't emphatic when asked if the Jags would label Robinson their No. 1 back, but he agreed the running back has played well enough to earn that role going forward.

The Jags might struggle through growing pains for the rest of the season, but they've started to figure out how to deploy their Denard weapon.

The latest Around The NFL Podcast recaps every Week 8 game. Find more Around The NFL content on NFL NOW.

Print