Beat: Toby Gerhart is a 'smart runner' and 'very versatile'

Jacksonville Jaguars - [Full Article]

Jaguars beat writer John Oehser was asked if Toby Gerhart has the potential to be a Pro Bowl running back: I think what you’re asking is, 'Does Gerhart have the potential to be a 1,000- to 1,200-yard running back and does he have the potential to be the sort of all-around back who can score double-digit touchdowns and be a real factor in the offense?' That’s what I think of when I think of Pro Bowl backs, anyway, and the answer is yes, Gerhart can be that kind of back. He appears sturdy enough to be durable and I like what I’ve seen in minicamps and organized team activities. He seems to be a smart runner who can get the most out of plays, and he seems to be very versatile. How productive he will be could depend on how quickly the Jaguars’ offensive line comes together and that will be a process because there are a lot of new faces – or at least old faces playing in new places. There also is, of course, the uncertain nature of Pro Bowl voting. Still, at minimum the Jaguars should be better at the running back position and that’s a start."

Fantasy Impact: 

Gerhart has touched the ball 15+ times in seven career games and has averaged low-end RB1 numbers (12.6 FP) with that type of workload. The former Heisman candidate will start for the Jaguars and should see a lot of work in that role. Gerhart has fantasy RB2 potential as a lead back.

Filed Under: 2014, Preseason

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