The Jacksonville Jaguars are glad to have signed rookie Denard Robinson. Even though the organization would have liked to sign him sooner considering the fact that the former Michigan Wolverines quarterback is making the transition to running back in the NFL, the team is thrilled to know he will be ready to go once camp starts.
Jacksonville is hoping that Robinson will be utilized immediately as an offensive weapon. However, in order to give the Jaguars an extra edge during the 2013 season, he will have to work very hard over the next few weeks to bring himself up to speed in the new system. Not to mention, learning how to play running back at the professional level will not be easy.
With that being said, Jacksonville believes his raw talent and ability to bust open big plays in the open field should make the transition easier for him. Once he figures out what holes to it and how to adjust his speed to quickly maneuver around the quickness of NFL defenders, Robinson could be exactly what the Jaguars need to finally get over the hump in the AFC South.
Robinson, who passed for 1,319 yards and nine touchdowns his senior year, could also be used in any trick plays Jacksonville may want to run. There is no question he can throw the ball, which means there is no doubt that he will be able to hit his target every time if a certain play is run enough in practice.
The 5’11”, 200-pound playmaker set the NCAA record with the most rushing yards (4,495) by a quarterback in history. Robinson, who was a fifth-round draft pick, will receive a $210,000 signing bonus and will account for $450,000 against the Jacksonville’s 2013 salary cap.