The Jacksonville Jaguars do not have much to look forward to the rest of the 2013 season, expect maybe earning the first pick in the draft.
However, this opportunity affords the Jaguars the chance to play their young players who they hope can become the foundation of their rebuilding effort. Perhaps the most intriguing young player on the Jaguars roster, running back Denard Robinson, may see an increased role over the team’s final eight games this season.
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley announced in a Monday press conference that Robinson had been moved up to second on the running back depth chart behind veteran Maurice Jones-Drew, and figures to be the first guy to come off of the bench when Jones-Drew needs a breather.
Robinson, a college quarterback, has intrigued fans in Jacksonville since he was drafted because of his knack for making explosive plays with his legs, a dimension that has been absent for a long time in the Jaguars offense. However, Robinson’s role has been limited so far as he adjusts to playing a new position and has struggled with ball security in practice.
Now that the Jaguars are heading nowhere fast, the team has nothing to lose by giving Robinson a trial by fire over the final eight games. Some people worry that his size will hinder his ability to stay healthy in the NFL, but his frame is similar to other running backs like Chris Johnson and Jamaal Charles.
I expect the Jaguars to get Robinson about 10 touches per game to see what he is capable of, my guess is that with his speed and ability he breaks off a long touchdown run or two before the season is done.
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