Toby Gerhart Fantasy News

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:57pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Vikings beat writer Ben Goessling suggests Adrian Peterson will play more on third down this year with Toby Gerhart out of the picture:

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could find himself on the field in passing situations more often this year, getting asked to chip a defender before releasing on a pass route, he's probably not going to just be sitting in the backfield picking up blitzes.

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Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:22am

Florida Times-Union - [Full Article]

The Jaguars feel Toby Gerhart be a back who can get more yards after contact (than Maurice Jones-Drew).

Bradley: Gerhart has 'ability to play all 3 downs'
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:14pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley went into some detail Tuesday about how much work newly signed running back Toby Gerhart could receive in 2014. And from the sound of it, Gerhart could get a good deal of the reps.

“He has the ability to play all three downs,” Bradley said Tuesday, according to a transcript from the Pro Football Writers of America. “How many carries he gets — we would like to run the ball over 40 percent of the time. There might be 28-30 carries in a game and there aren’t more running backs that carry more than 20 times a game."

Fantasy Impact:

Gerhart continues to get high praise after signing with the Jags. He has the potential to be a solid RB2 option this fall. Bradley's comments fall in line with what we expect, anywhere from 15-20 carries a game. In limited games, Gerhart has excelled with a big workload.

Lions will use more two-back sets in 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:44am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

The Lions signed Jed Collins to fill the traditional blocking fullback role. That follows the signing of tailback Joique Bell to a three-year deal worth $9.3 million.

But the cash-strapped Lions also would not be making these investments if they were not serious about actually featuring all these backs in the offense. Team president Tom Lewand confirmed as much this week.

"You're going to see some more two-back sets," Lewand told a small crowd this week at the TAP restaurant in the MGM casino in downtown Detroit. He added that they would mimic what New Orleans has done with deploying a multitude of tailbacks.

"It's a very adaptable offense, and they want to use the talent and the guys that we have, not just one back at a time because that's what the personnel group calls for."

The Lions wanted to use more two-back sets last year after signing fullback Montell Owens, but Owens played only one offensive series due to a pair of knee injuries. Bell and Bush were occasionally featured on the field at the same time, though those formations usually split Bush out at receiver.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions are paying Bell about the same as what Ben Tate and Toby Gerhart signed for, so it's starting to look like Bell will play the Pierre Thomas/Mark Ingram role in the Lions offense with Reggie Bush returning to more of a Darren Sproles-like role as a receiving specialist. Bell's stock is up while Bush's is down.

Bradley: Toby Gerhart is 'going to have a great opportunity'
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4:49pm

Jacksonville.com - [Full Article]

Jaguars HC Gus Bradley talked about Toby Gerhart as a back that could regularly see between 15-20 touches a game.

Bradley said he likes Gerhart’s toughness and that it was great Gerhart is an experienced pro with limited career carries.

“He seems like a guy that the more he handles the ball the stronger he gets,” Bradley said. “He’ll pop one. He can make people miss. He has a toughness you can count on, can catch the ball and he’s great on third downs. He’s going to have a great opportunity.”

Fantasy Impact:

Toby 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 likely start for the Jaguars, though Jordan Todman could offer up some competition (assuming Maurice Jones-Drew signs elsewhere). Gerhart has fantasy RB2 potential as a lead back.

Jaguars sign RB Toby Gerhart
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:38pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jaguars just reached agreement with former Minnesota Vikings RB Toby Gerhart, per source.

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 likely start for the Jaguars, though Jordan Todman could offer up some competition (assuming Maurice Jones-Drew signs elsewhere). Gerhart has fantasy RB2 potential as a lead back.

Adrian Peterson to have groin surgery
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 10:34am

ESPN - [Full Article]

For the third consecutive offseason, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has plans to go under the knife. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Wednesday night that Peterson soon will have groin surgery in Philadelphia. Dr. William Meyers, who operated on Peterson's sports hernia last season, will perform the surgery.

It's a good time to ask whether the Vikings should think about giving another running back a few of Peterson's carries during the season, though it's questionable whether Toby Gerhart would want to come back for a supporting role when he could have bigger opportunities coming as a free agent this spring.

Peterson, for that matter, isn't one to ask for less work, but he might be getting to an age where both he and the Vikings are better served by an attempt to reduce his mileage somewhat.

Peterson's ticket to a lesser workload could actually come through new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who became San Diego's coach at a similar point in LaDainian Tomlinson's career. Tomlinson was 28 when Turner took over the Chargers in 2007, and as Turner leaned more on San Diego's passing game, the Chargers dialed back Tomlinson's workload. He carried 315 times in 2007 -- down 33 carries from his 31-touchdown season of 2006 and the second-fewest of his career to that point.

Fantasy Impact:

Recovery should take about 4-6 weeks. At 29, Peterson will still enter 2014 redrafts with a 1st round ADP, but his long-term outlook obviously isn't as bright as it once was.

Adrian Peterson out Week 17
Saturday, December 28, 2013, 7:38pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Adrian Peterson has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, meaning that the star running back will miss the Minnesota Vikings' final game at Mall of America Field.

Peterson has been plagued by a groin injury suffered last week against Cincinnati and a foot injury sustained earlier this month.

Fantasy Impact:

With Peterson and backup Toby Gerhart both sidelined, the Vikings will have to turn to Matt Asiata and Joe Banyard at running back.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 11:47am

Minneapolis Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he's holding out hope on running back Toby Gerhart.

Fantasy Impact:

There seems to be a good chance Adrian Peterson is held out of this game leaving Gerhart for a potentially big workload against the Lions in Week 17. Obviously a situation to monitor.

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