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Toby Gerhart | Running Back

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/28/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 231
College: Stanford
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ESPN Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco believes Toby Gerhart will handle 15-18 touches per game this season.
There have been recent rumblings of a "committee" in Jacksonville, although Jordan Todman has struggled mightily in the preseason, and rookie Storm Johnson hasn't been effective on his August carries. Denard Robinson has actually looked like the Jags' best option at No. 2 tailback. 15-18 touches are on the conservative side for Gerhart, who is the team's most complete running back. Aug 15 - 2:19 PM

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Toby Gerhart rushed six times for 19 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Bears.

He added one catch for eight yards. It was Gerhart's preseason debut after he sat out the opener with a hip injury. Gerhart looked good between the tackles, but got swallowed up on all three of his outside runs. Anyone familiar with Gerhart's college or Minnesota work knows he's not going to juke defenders out of their shoes, but he can push the pile and has a three-down role. He's a worthy RB2.
Aug 14 - 8:41 PM

Toby Gerhart (hip) returned to practice Tuesday.

Gerhart will try and play Thursday after missing the preseason opener with a hip flexor issue. He missed the past ten days or so as more of a precaution. There's no reason for the Jaguars to rush their workhorse back onto the field. We've seen Gerhart's ADP dip from the late third round to early fourth over the past two weeks. He may struggle for TDs, but Gerhart is a true three-down back.
Aug 12 - 9:39 AM

Toby Gerhart (hip) plans to return to practice on Tuesday.

If so, he'll end up missing just over one week. FOX Sports' Alex Marvez wrote on Twitter that he expects Gerhart to handle "ideally 15 or so carries a game," leading Jacksonville's "RB by committee." As the Jags' backfield alternatives are Jordan Todman, seventh-round pick Storm Johnson, and Denard Robinson, we expect the coaching staff to target more work than that for Gerhart.
Aug 11 - 2:49 PM

Toby Gerhart (hip) hopes to play in the Jaguars' second preseason game.

Gerhart has been sidelined since August 1, but should be good to go by the Jaguars' third preseason game at the very latest. There are no questions about his availability to start the season. Gerhart is currently being drafted at the top of the fourth round.
Aug 9 - 12:29 PM

Toby Gerhart (hip) will not play in Friday's preseason opener.

Gerhart has been held out of practices since late last week due to tightness in his hip flexor. He should be fine to get some work in during the second and third preseason games, and remains in line for a monster workload during the season. Look for Jordan Todman to start on Friday.
Aug 6 - 12:25 PM

The Jaguars are holding Toby Gerhart out of practices with "tightness in his hip flexor."

"That [Gerhart not practicing] is more on our part, with his tightness of his hip flexor," coach Gus Bradley said. "It’s more for us, but I know that he said he felt better today than he did the other day." Gerhart missed only three games in four seasons with Minnesota. "I’ve got to be smart," Gerhart said. "It’s early and we don’t want it to become a bigger issue than it is." Gerhart is day to day.
Aug 4 - 5:49 PM

Appearing on NFL Insiders Friday, ESPN's Michael DiRocco stated the Jaguars will aim for 20-25 touches per game for Toby Gerhart.

"They want him to be the workhorse back ... get 20-25 touches," DiRocco stated. DiRocco confirmed Gerhart will be involved in both the pass and run games as a true three-down back. Gerhart's ADP is currently in the late third round.
Jul 25 - 3:37 PM

Jaguars OC Jedd Fisch confirmed Toby Gerhart will be the "workhorse" and play all three downs.

"Toby has the ability to do it all," Fisch said. "He can catch it well. He can pass protect well, and he’s going to be in the game a lot — third down, base downs, short-yardage, passing downs." Fisch also admits both Denard Robinson and Jordan Todman are merely "change-of-pace backs," and will only see action to give Gerhart an occasional breather. Former Rotoworld all-star Chris Wesseling thinks Gerhart could lead the league in carries and run for 1,200-1,300 yards. The obvious concern for Gerhart owners is touchdown potential.
Jul 20 - 11:09 AM

The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran projects Toby Gerhart to get just 12-15 carries per game.

O'Halloran is one of the top reporters on the Jags beat, so it's notable to pass this along. But we firmly disagree with his projection. Gerhart has the look of a Michael Turner or Marshawn Lynch kind of volume back in a ball-control scheme, will play all three downs and will face little competition from Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson. We believe the Jags will be markedly improved while facing a softer schedule in Year 2 of the Gus Bradley era. Gerhart's career YPC against base defenses is 4.4 and his measurables compare favorably to Eddie Lacy's. Gerhart is far more likely to earn 300-plus carries than hover around 200.
Jul 3 - 10:35 AM

Toby Gerhart has a career yards-per-carry average of 4.4 against base defenses, and a 5.6 YPC against sub-packages.

Gerhart's career YPC of over 4.7 is inflated by his usage on passing downs in Minnesota, but he still has a successful track record against opponents that are lined up to defend the run. A mid- to late-round pick just over a month ago, Gerhart's Average Draft Position has soared into the early fourth round in June, and it's deserved. He's going to be the run-first Jaguars' bellcow runner.
Jun 27 - 2:13 PM

Toby Gerhart "keeps coming up" in NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah's "talks with personnel guys around the league," who reportedly have "high expectations" for Gerhart in 2014.

Gerhart never got a chance to be a full-time starter behind Adrian Peterson in Minnesota, but did average a sterling 4.73 YPC with 77 receptions, and regularly replaced Peterson on obvious passing downs. At age 27, Gerhart is now in line to handle three-down bellcow work on an improving Jaguars team that intends to pound the rock. He's one of our favorite RB2 draft targets.
Jun 25 - 2:05 PM

Jaguars GM David Caldwell confirmed that Toby Gerhart will get the "bulk of the carries."

The Jags are trying to build Seahawks East under ex-Seattle assistant Gus Bradley. That means a conservative pass scheme, a fearsome defense and Gerhart playing the Marshawn Lynch workhorse role. "Knowing he was going to have to pass protect, catch the ball out of the backfield and get tough yardage, he was a really good fit for us," said Caldwell. "He'll be a great asset." Gerhart, who posted an impressive 4.72 YPC as Adrian Peterson's backup over the last four years, is a chain-mover with similar size and athletic measureables to Eddie Lacy. Toby has a real shot at 300 carries in Jacksonville.
Source: USA Today
Jun 19 - 8:08 AM

The traits that "attracted" the Jaguars to Toby Gerhart were his "ability to gain yards after contact," and effectiveness on third down.

Gerhart ranked fourth in the NFL in yards after contact per rushing attempt (3.8) in Pro Football Focus' 2013 ratings, and has always been a solid pass blocker and receiver, frequently replacing Adrian Peterson on third downs in Minnesota. "He’s a horse," explained RBs coach Terry Richardson. "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." Gerhart is a legitimate candidate for 20 carries per game to open the year. He came in 37th in Evan Silva's Post-Draft Top 150 rankings.
May 25 - 10:33 AM

The Florida Times Union suggests Toby Gerhart could end up in the "240-300 carry range" with the Jaguars.

Jags GM Dave Caldwell indicated he envisions Gerhart as a three-down back: "I think he can be a really good fit for us on first and second down, in pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield." Caldwell worked in Atlanta's front office when the team signed Michael Turner, who like Gerhart spent the early portion of his career behind a future Hall of Famer (LaDainian Tomlinson). Turner became a workhorse starter, exceeding 300 carries in three of his first four seasons with the Falcons.
Apr 27 - 2:25 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Chad Henne
2Blake Bortles
3Ricky Stanzi
4Stephen Morris
RB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
3Storm Johnson
4Denard Robinson
5Terrance Cobb
GLB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
3RB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
FB1Will Ta'ufo'ou
2Harvey Unga
3Eric Kettani
WR11Cecil Shorts
2Allen Robinson
3Tandon Doss
4Chad Bumphis
5Allen Hurns
WR21Marqise Lee
2Mike Brown
3Ace Sanders
4Lamaar Thomas
5Kerry Taylor
WR31Allen Robinson
TE1Marcedes Lewis
2Clay Harbor
3Brandon Barden
4D.J. Tialavea
5Reggie Jordan
K1Josh Scobee