Denard Robinson Bringing Read Option To Jacksonville Jaguars Playbook

Jacksonville Jaguars Denard Robinson

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have had a stagnant offense largely due to poor quarterback play over the last couple of seasons, but rookie “offensive weapon” Denard Robinson is adding a new and explosive dimension to Jedd Fisch’s playbook.

Robinson, who played quarterback in college, was drafted in the fifth round of April’s NFL Draft as a running back, but has been taking snaps at quarterback over the first five days of the Jaguars training camp. He has not been taking traditional quarterback snaps though, instead he has been running the read option to great success.

While Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne are fighting to be the Jaguars starting quarterback, neither are going to inspire much confidence in producing an explosive offense. The Jaguars giving Robinson a few snaps at quarterback to run the read option gives their offense the explosive play potential that the team has been lacking for far too long.

The thing that separates Robinson from other running backs who have run this sort of formation is the fact that he played quarterback in college and has shown a few times in practice that he is a threat to throw the ball. While Robinson is nowhere near the level of passer that Colin Kaepernick or Russell Wilson are, he is good enough to keep defenses on their heels enough to the point where they cannot just assume run every time he lines up at quarterback.

This is not to say that the Jaguars should consider Robinson as a competitor for their starting quarterback job, but he is most certainly good enough to make an impact on the offense in his rookie year.

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