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Denard Robinson | Running Back

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/22/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 197
College: Michigan
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A source tells ESPN Jags reporter Mike DiRocco that the coaches "still aren't sure if [Denard] Robinson is capable of handling a heavy workload each week."
Robinson ripped apart the Browns' atrocious run defense last week for 22-127-1 and has earned another start. Don't expect 20-carry games to become the norm. The 197-pound "Shoelace" typically won't have gameflow on his side and also Toby Gerhart (foot) is coming back this week to pair with third-down back Jordan Todman. Furthermore, the Jags bottom-five offensive line is going to have its hands more than full with a very strong Dolphins front this week. Oct 25 - 12:14 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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Speaking Thursday, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley confirmed Denard Robinson will remain the starting running back for Week 8 even with Toby Gerhart (foot) returning.

Bradley said Gerhart will get "some reps," but Gerhart was being phased out of his starting job even before he started missing games. He'll fight for scraps with Jordan Todman and Storm Johnson behind Shoelace. Robinson is the only Jaguars' runner worth starting for Week 8, though he has a difficult matchup in the Dolphins' solid run defense.
Oct 23 - 3:39 PM

ESPN's Michael DiRocco believes the Jaguars could have "found their running back of the future" in Denard Robinson.

"It may be the Denard Robinson show going forward," DiRocco said. "The Jaguars are going to limit his workload in the 15-20 carry range…but I think the main job is going to be Robinson's." Toby Gerhart resumed practicing Wednesday, and could return this week in a complementary role. Robinson has long-term upside, but will be just an RB3/FLEX in Week 8 against Miami.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 22 - 6:09 PM

Denard Robinson played 46-of-74 snaps in Sunday's win over the Browns.

Storm Johnson was on the field for 10 snaps in a change-of-pace role. Jordan Todman remained Jacksonville's third-down back, getting 19 snaps. Robinson is expected to keep the starting job going forward, with Toby Gerhart likely to be a complementary option with Johnson when he returns. Robinson is one of the top waiver-adds for Week 8. He's a recommended pickup in Yahoo leagues, where he has WR eligibility.
Oct 21 - 11:19 AM

Denard "Shoelace" Robinson gave the Jaguars a running game in Sunday's Week 7 victory, rushing for 127 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in Jacksonville's win over Cleveland.

Looking like a legitimate running back, the converted Michigan quarterback mixed chain-moving gains with explosive runs on the perimeter. He handled the 22 touches compared to Storm Johnson's six, and Jordan Todman's one. "Shoelace" should remain Jacksonville's lead back until further notice, even when Toby Gerhart (foot) returns. The Jaguars will face the Dolphins' stout run defense next. Robinson is worth owning in all leagues, but is likely to struggle on the ground against Miami.
Oct 19 - 4:24 PM

Denard "Shoelace" Robinson is the Jaguars' starting tailback in Week 7 against the Browns.

They're giving Robinson the nod over rookie Storm Johnson, who struggled last week against the Titans. Robinson has more versatility, but hasn't been effective as a rusher this season. (No Jaguars RBs have been.) Jacksonville's Week 7 inactives are RB Toby Gerhart, WR Mike Brown, DB Jeremy Harris, OLs Josh Wells and Tyler Shatley, LB Jeremiah George, and WR Tavarres King.
Oct 19 - 11:35 AM

Denard Robinson managed 22 yards on five carries and three catches for 14 yards in the Jaguars' Week 6 loss to Tennessee.

The Jaguars started in a two-back set with Shoelace and Storm Johnson on the field together. Robinson was mixed in only as a change-of-pace back, however, with Johnson operating as the Jaguars' clear lead runner. After a few nice early-game gains on quick-hitting pass routes, Robinson was thrown for a loss of three on a screen attempt late in the third quarter. An RBBC back on a team that doesn't run the ball well, Robinson is an RB5 in fantasy.
Oct 12 - 4:12 PM

Denard Robinson rushed three times for six yards in Jacksonville's Week 5 loss to the Steelers.

Shoelace "added" two catches for -1 yards. Robinson finished as the Jaguars' No. 4 rusher, and now has just 95 yards on 31 touches this season. Robinson is running out of steam as an RB4 stash, especially with Storm Johnson entering the picture against the Steelers, notching four touches.
Oct 5 - 6:20 PM

Denard Robinson out-snapped Toby Gerhart 36-21 in Sunday's loss at San Diego.

Gerhart hasn't necessarily been demoted, but this backfield is devolving into a timeshare. Robinson ended up with 12 touches (nine carries, three catches) while Gerhart got 11 (10 carries, one catch). The Florida Times Union expects D-Rob to continue to play a regular role against the Steelers next week. Both Jaguars backs will be shaky flex plays while fighting through poor blocking.
Sep 29 - 9:11 AM

Denard Robinson managed 25 yards on nine carries and caught three passes for 27 yards in the Jaguars' Week 4 loss to San Diego.

We didn't log snaps, but Robinson appeared to play as many or more than Toby Gerhart, and not just because Gerhart lost a fumble on his first carry of the game. The Jaguars' backfield has devolved into an even timeshare between Gerhart and Robinson. Still, Robinson's lack of efficiency isn't going to earn him more playing time going forward. He's averaging 3.30 YPC on the season. Gerhart is the superior between-the-tackles runner. Robinson is theoretically more explosive, but is dependent on being schemed into space. He'll be an RB3/4 entering the Jaguars' Week 5 meeting with Pittsburgh.
Sep 28 - 7:41 PM

Speaking Monday, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Denard Robinson will continue to get more reps.

Shoelace's eight carries were just one fewer than Toby Gerhart's in Sunday's loss, but the majority of his work came in garbage time. With Gerhart averaging a wretched 2.4 yards per carry on his first 34 totes behind the Jags' shaky line, Jax really has no choice but to get Robinson more involved. That being said, Gerhart is still the clear starter, with Robinson little more than an RB4/5 stash for fantasy purposes.
Sep 22 - 1:41 PM

Denard Robinson rushed eight times for 33 yards in the Jaguars' Week 3 loss to the Colts.

He missed his lone target in the passing game. Robinson saw most of his playing time in late-game garbage time, but was involved as a change-of-pace back early on as well. He's clearly ahead of Jordan Todman on the depth chart.
Sep 21 - 4:39 PM

Denard Robinson caught two passes for 14 yards and caught no passes in Sunday's Week 2 loss at Washington.

Robinson did not handle any carries, instead watching Toby Gerhart struggle to eight yards on seven carries. The Jags won't give up on Gerhart as their feature back, especially with a bounce-back spot at home against the Colts in Week 3. Robinson is not worth a hold in standard-sized formats.
Sep 14 - 5:33 PM

Denard Robinson rushed three times for eight yards and caught one pass for three yards in Sunday's Week 1 loss at Philadelphia.

When Toby Gerhart left with an ankle tweak, Robinson came on as the early-down back while Jordan Todman came in on third downs. It's a note to file away in case Gerhart goes down with a more severe injury later on. The former Michigan quarterback was strong in the preseason, rushing 21 times for 94 yards with a touchdown.
Sep 7 - 6:00 PM

Jaguars OC Jedd Fisch expects Denard Robinson to become part of the team's weekly offensive gameplan.

"I hope so," Fisch said. "My plan is for that to be the case. We're certainly expecting him to." Robinson is listed as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart, ahead of Jordan Todman. He's going to be the primary change-of-pace back to open the season. Robinson doesn't figure to have a major role early on, but could eventually push for 7-10 touches per game behind Toby Gerhart.
Sep 3 - 2:28 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Blake Bortles
2Chad Henne
RB1Denard Robinson
2Toby Gerhart
3Jordan Todman
4Storm Johnson
GLB1Toby Gerhart
2Storm Johnson
3RB1Jordan Todman
2Toby Gerhart
FB1Will Ta'ufo'ou
WR11Allen Robinson
2Allen Hurns
3Ace Sanders
WR21Cecil Shorts
2Marqise Lee
3Mike Brown
WR31Allen Hurns
TE1Clay Harbor
2Nic Jacobs
3Marcedes Lewis
K1Josh Scobee