When Denard Robinson was taken in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, there were some serious question marks surrounding his skill-set and what would effectively translate to the next level. Most of that was because of size. But when head coach Gus Bradley addressed the media at NFL owner’s meetings, he revealed some pleasantly surprising news about the quarterback from the University of Michigan who spent some time officially listed as an “offensive weapon” for the Jaguars: he’s put on 15 pounds to his frame and committed himself to the running back position.
According to Big Cat Country, Bradley had this to say about Robinson:
“I think he’s up to 212 pounds now and he came to us at 197. He has taken a different approach. He’s coming in to get ready and he understands he’s a running back.”
Presumably, Robinson added most (if not all) of this weight to his upper body, where he clearly lacked size and strength last season, especially compared to other running backs around the league. His college days were spent at quarterback, though, and that’s what he was built to play. It’s no surprise he lacked strength upstairs, but he’s beginning to fill out nicely for the duties of a running back.
Now we can begin cleanly speculating about Robinson’s 2014 season duties with the Jaguars. Do they give him more touches? Does he take on a more versatile role in the offense? If’ he’s physically capable of it, there’s absolutely no reason to keep a bottle of lighting on the bench.