Jacksonville Jaguars Shouldn’t Shy Away From Using Denard Robinson at QB
With reports coming out that the Jacksonville Jaguars have had Denard Robinson running the Wildcat at training camp, it’s definitely a sign of things to come in 2013. This is something that’s been speculated about since the moment the Jaguars selected the former college quarterback in the fifth round of this year’s NFL Draft.
Robinson deemed himself as an ‘offensive weapon’ when preparing for the NFL combine this past spring, because even he didn’t know what he’d do in the pros. Players of his type coming out of college often have a hard time finding a role, but the Jags have been very accommodating to Robinson so far. They’ve even gone as far to list him as an ‘OW’ on the depth chart. On top of that, they’ve been hush on what his exact role will be.
With the news of him running the wildcat, it’s the first real glimpse fans have gotten into the former Heisman candidate’s NFL future. It makes complete sense for the Jaguars to utilize him in the Wildcat, not only because Robinson is freakishly fast, but because of their other uncertainties at quarterback.
While Robinson is no threat to win the starting QB job, he will provide a great change of pace from either Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne, who are both traditional drop back passers without wheels.
I’m in the camp that says Jacksonville needs to do anything it can to get Robinson the ball. Whether it’s kick returns, the Wildcat or just simply lining him up as a receiver for short throws, it doesn’t matter. While it’s difficult to find former college QBs a role in the NFL, times are changing and OWs could become the norm in the near future.
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