The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Toby Gerhart to be their workhorse back, but the new workhorse hasn’t been seeing a lot of work lately thanks to a hip flexor injury. As part of their cautious approach with precious Toby, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley has announced that Gerhart will be kept out of the team’s preseason opener Friday against Tampa Bay.
Bradley explains the move (via ESPN.com):
“He’s made great progress but we just felt like at this point in time, for the number of carries he’s going to get in there, we’d rather have that recovery time,” Bradley said.
Many are expecting Gerhart to have a break out season now that he’s out of Adrian Peterson’s shadow. In four seasons in Minnesota, the former second round pick out of Stanford carried the ball a total of 276 times, rushing for 1305 yards and 5 TDs, while adding 77 receptions for 600 yards and 3 TDs.
If Gerhart can give Jacksonville the production in one year that he had in four years as AD’s understudy, Jacksonville will think their money was well-spent. They gave Gerhart a $10.5 million/3-year contract and expect him to deliver as a #1 running back.