Cardiac Cats: It’s a Three-Man Competition For The Starting Spot In The Jaguars’ Backfield

With Denard Robinson now out for the season after being placed on injured/reserve with a foot sprain, the quest is on to see who will start at running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After yesterday’s practice, head coach Gus Bradley was asked if Toby Gerhart was ‘up’ and for the most, Bradley’s answer was ‘yeah.’

“Yeah, we’ve got to be really smart with Toby. You’ll see Storm, Toby and Jordan Todman. You’ll see those three guys and they’ll split up the reps depending on the situation we’ll see how this week in practice goes. Toby got some reps but obviously we’re just getting a feel for the runs. We didn’t push it too hard with him but in his mind and our trainers he should be okay. We’ve just got to be smart this early part of the week with him.” – Gus Bradley on Wednesday

The reason they have to ‘be smart’ with Gerhart? He’s dealing with an injury.

“Just with his ankle. We gave him all the reps that he usually gets in practice but I think just watching him and making sure that he’s a hundred percent when we go in.” – Gus Bradley

During Thursday’s practice, it appears that all three backs got an even amount of work in.

“Yeah, [reps were divided] pretty evenly. I think you can probably anticipate seeing Toby and Storm with Todman mixed in there,” said Bradley.

As for who starts, Bradley said, “Right now Toby. If we were to start today, it would be Toby.”

Needless to say, while Gerhart may be the leading candidate at this point, it seems the Jaguars are still up in the air about who start Sunday when they take on the Baltimore Ravens. It could be Gerhart, it could also be Johnson as Todman is seen as more of a ‘situational’ runner.

Regardless of who starts, it’ll be a three-man attack with Robinson out.