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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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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

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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

The Jaguars believe Toby Gerhart will get more yards after contact than Maurice Jones-Drew did.

Gerhart had just 36 carries last season, but according to PFF he did average a very impressive 3.8 yards after contact (YCo) per attempt. In 2012, his YCo was way down at 1.9 on 50 attempts. Jones-Drew was at 2.2 last season and 2.3 in 2012. The Jags see the 231-pound Gerhart as someone that can punish defenders on all three downs for four quarters, running through contact instead of trying to avoid it. He'll have volume appeal in fantasy circles.
Apr 7 - 8:43 AM

Speaking Tuesday, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley reiterated that Toby Gerhart will likely see a starter's workload.

"He has the ability to play all three downs," Bradley said. "If he’s a guy that is carrying it 15-16 times and with third down reps, 18 times. That’s feasible. A strong possibility." From his contract ($4.5 million guaranteed) to his coach's comments, it's clear Gerhart will enter Week 1 atop the depth chart. Despite his grinding nature as a runner, Gerhart will have RB2 upside for fantasy purposes.
Mar 25 - 5:04 PM

Coach Gus Bradley said newly signed Toby Gerhart could regularly see 15-20 touches per game.

This is exactly what we expected after the Jags handed Gerhart a three-deal worth $10.5 million and $4.5 million guaranteed. Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson will have to battle for supporting roles. Gerhart will likely end up as a RB2 in fantasy circles thanks to 300-plus touches, but he won't have much week-to-week upside as a grinding runner playing in a low-scoring offense.
Mar 12 - 4:26 PM

Jaguars signed RB Toby Gerhart to a three-year, $10.5 million contract.

The shockingly hefty deal includes $4.5 million guaranteed, ensuring that Gerhart will run ahead of incumbent Jordan Todman as the Jags 2014 starter. Free agent Maurice Jones-Drew is a goner. It's putting a ton of faith in Gerhart, a four-year backup that excels in pass protection but has very little wiggle or burst to his game. And with Chad Henne at quarterback, there aren't going to be very many short-yardage touchdown opportunities. Fantasy owners and the Jags project to be disappointed by Gerhart as a feature back.

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the 49ers, Jaguars and Browns are interested in free agent RB Toby Gerhart.

It's unknown if Gerhart has scheduled any visits. He'd be reuniting with college coach Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco, though the 49ers' stable is already full at running back. Gerhart is coming off a nice year backing up Adrian Peterson, but has never shown anything to suggest he could be a lead NFL back.
Mar 11 - 8:56 PM

Vikings FB Jerome Felton confirmed that the team's chances of keeping free agent Toby Gerhart are "pretty low."

"Having played behind Adrian Peterson, I assume he wants to go somewhere where he can get more touches," Felton said. "I think there's going to be a lot of interest in him." Gerhart, 26, is doubtful to generate much free agent interest, but remains unlikely to be back with the Vikings.
Mar 8 - 6:33 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune does not anticipate free agent Toby Gerhart returning to the Vikings.

"It's hard to see Gerhart back in Minnesota," writes beat reporter Master Tesfatsion. Tesfatsion believes Gerhart has the "talent to be a lead back in the NFL," though we don't agree. Still, investing in a long-term backup for Adrian Peterson wouldn't be a savvy move by Vikings GM Rick Spielman. Expect Zach Line, Matt Asiata, and perhaps a late-round draft pick to vie for the job.
Feb 12 - 11:30 AM

ESPN Vikings blogger Ben Goessling suggests San Francisco as a possible landing spot for free agent RB Toby Gerhart.

On the surface, it makes sense as Gerhart played for Jim Harbaugh at Stanford and Frank Gore is slowing down approaching age 31. But Kendall Hunter has far more upside than Gerhart, and the Niners seem optimistic on Marcus Lattimore. With tons of the Niners' young core players in need of contract extensions, giving Gerhart market value wouldn't make much sense. He's more valuable to the Vikings right now as a reliable caddy to Adrian Peterson.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 5 - 8:52 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Chad Henne
2Blake Bortles
3Ricky Stanzi
4Stephen Morris
RB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
3Denard Robinson
4Storm Johnson
5Terrance Cobb
GLB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
3RB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
FB1Will Ta'ufo'ou
2Bradie Ewing
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
4Marcel Jensen
5Reggie Jordan
K1Josh Scobee