It was one of those moments when you know you had just seen something special. Those along the sideline stood in silence, heads turning to give each other that look, as if to say, “Wow!”
RB Derji Karim, the little back from Southern Illinois the Jaguars drafted in the sixth round to return kickoffs and offer depth at running back, caught a short pass in the left flat, stuck his left foot in the ground and made a move back to the inside that was so sudden and so explosive that it left linebacker Justin Durant grabbing at air.
It was a moment those who witnessed it will remember for a long time, if Karim becomes the difference-making running back that singular move on the Jaguars practice field would suggest.
“He can mismatch a linebacker, a safety, a third corner,” General Manager Gene Smith said. “He’s smart. He graduated from college. You can do things with a guy like that.”
While it's only OTAs, drafting RB Maurice Jones-Drew's backup isn't a bad move if you have the roster depth. It looks like Karim could move into the number-two spot if he continues to impress.