September 29, 2012;Annapolis, MD, USA; San Jose State Spartans running back De

RB De'Leon Eskridge Signed By Jaguars

May 3, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back De’Leon Eskridge participates in the rookie minicamp.  Source:  USA Today Sports Photos

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed tryout running back De’Leon Eskridge following the rookie minicamp that took place over the weekend of May 3-5.  Eskridge had impressed during the minicamp, gaining attention after fifth round selection Denard Robinson left after the first day to attend graduation at the University of Michigan.

Eskridge caught head coach Gus Bradley’s attention and it paid off.  He will be taking now-cut running back Richard Murphy’s spot on the 90 man team currently.  Murphy was underwhelming as a return man and as a running back during the 2012 season.

Eskridge played for the University of Minnesta for three years before transfering to San Jose State for his final collegiate football season.  He averaged five yards a carry on 208 attempts in his senior season en route to 1,025 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.  He doesn’t appear to be a major receiving threat out of the backfield but his running ability is more than enough to justify replacing Murphy.  He is not a kick returner either.

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