Toby Gerhart RB JAC 12 Hrs
Appearing on NFL Insiders Friday, ESPN's Michael DiRocco stated the Jaguars will aim for 20-25 touches per game for Toby Gerhart.
"They want him to be the workhorse back ... get 20-25 touches," DiRocco stated. DiRocco confirmed Gerhart will be involved in both the pass and run games as a true three-down back. Gerhart's ADP is currently in the late third round.
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Jaguars OC Jedd Fisch confirmed Toby Gerhart will be the "workhorse" and play all three downs.
"Toby has the ability to do it all," Fisch said. "He can catch it well. He can pass protect well, and he's going to be in the game a lot - third down, base downs, short-yardage, passing downs." Fisch also admits both Denard Robinson and Jordan Todman are merely "change-of-pace backs," and will only see action to give Gerhart an occasional breather. Former Rotoworld all-star Chris Wesseling thinks Gerhart could lead the league in carries and run for 1,200-1,300 yards. The obvious concern for Gerhart owners is touchdown potential.
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Beat writer Ryan O'Halloran projects Toby Gerhart to get 12-15 carries per game.
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Toby Gerhart has a career yards-per-carry average of 4.4 against base defenses, and a 5.6 YPC against sub-packages.
Gerhart's career YPC of over 4.7 is inflated by his usage on passing downs in Minnesota, but he still has a successful track record against opponents that are lined up to defend the run. A mid- to late-round pick just over a month ago, Gerhart's Average Draft Position has soared into the early fourth round in June, and it's deserved. He's going to be the run-first Jaguars' bellcow runner.
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Toby Gerhart "keeps coming up" in NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah's "talks with personnel guys around the league," who reportedly have "high expectations" for Gerhart in 2014.
Gerhart never got a chance to be a full-time starter behind Adrian Peterson in Minnesota, but did average a sterling 4.73 YPC with 77 receptions, and regularly replaced Peterson on obvious passing downs. At age 27, Gerhart is now in line to handle three-down bellcow work on an improving Jaguars team that intends to pound the rock. He's one of our favorite RB2 draft targets.
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Jaguars GM David Caldwell confirmed that Toby Gerhart will get the "bulk of the carries."
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The traits that "attracted" the Jaguars to Toby Gerhart were his "ability to gain yards after contact," and effectiveness on third down.
Gerhart ranked fourth in the NFL in yards after contact per rushing attempt (3.8) last season, and has always been a solid pass blocker, frequently replacing Adrian Peterson on third downs. "He's a horse," explained RBs coach Terry Richardson. "He's a big guy, and I talked to one of his former [position] coaches, and he was saying Toby had the strongest legs he's been around in terms of his leg drive and leg power." Gerhart is a legitimate candidate for 20 carries per game to open the year. He came in 37th in Evan Silva's Post-Draft Top 150 rankings.
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The Florida Times Union suggests Toby Gerhart could end up in the "240-300 carry range" with the Jaguars.
Jags GM Dave Caldwell indicated he envisions Gerhart as a three-down back: "I think he can be a really good fit for us on first and second down, in pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield." Caldwell worked in Atlanta's front office when the team signed Michael Turner, who like Gerhart spent the early portion of his career behind a future Hall of Famer (LaDainian Tomlinson). Turner became a workhorse starter, exceeding 300 carries in three of his first four seasons with the Falcons.
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The Jaguars believe Toby Gerhart will get more yards after contact than Maurice Jones-Drew did.
Gerhart had just 36 carries last season, but according to PFF he did average a very impressive 3.8 yards after contact (YCo) per attempt. In 2012, his YCo was way down at 1.9 on 50 attempts. Jones-Drew was at 2.2 last season and 2.3 in 2012. The Jags see the 231-pound Gerhart as someone that can punish defenders on all three downs for four quarters, running through contact instead of trying to avoid it. He'll have volume appeal in fantasy circles.
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Speaking Tuesday, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley reiterated that Toby Gerhart will likely see a starter's workload.
"He has the ability to play all three downs," Bradley said. "If he's a guy that is carrying it 15-16 times and with third down reps, 18 times. That's feasible. A strong possibility." From his contract ($4.5 million guaranteed) to his coach's comments, it's clear Gerhart will enter Week 1 atop the depth chart. Despite his grinding nature as a runner, Gerhart will have RB2 upside for fantasy purposes.