Aug 9, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars offensive weapon Denard Robinson (16) runs the ball during the game against the Miami Dolphins at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars Depth Chart – Running Back


With the 2014 NFL Draft in our rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead and see what the Jacksonville Jaguars’ roster might look like come week 1 of the regular season. With 9 draft picks and several free-agent acquisitions this offseason, the active roster in 2014 will likely look very different from what we saw in 2013.

Let’s take a look at a position group that will look vastly different in 2014 – running back. Here’s the breakdown of the position from the 2013 season.

2013 SEASON

Ranking
Player
Plays
% of Total Plays
1Maurice Jones-Drew66461
2Jordan Todman27025
3Justin Forsett1009
4Denard Robinson535
5Delone Carter10

Long-time starter Maurice Jones-Drew took a bulk of the carries in 2013, as he did in the previous handful of seasons. Jordan Todman came in as a street free-agent and managed to crack into the line-up as a change-of-pace back with a little more quickness than MJD. Rookie Denard Robinson had a tough transition after playing quarterback in college, and the coaching staff clearly didn’t trust him enough to increase his workload.

The Jaguars let the veterans (Jones-Drew and Justin Forsett) walk in the offseason, and youth is now the theme of the backfield. Toby Gerhart has plenty of tread left on the tires after sitting behind Adrian Peterson in Minnesota, and rookie Storm Johnson joins Robinson in his second year to try and compete for playing time. Here’s my prediction for the depth chart in 2014.

2014 SEASON

Ranking
Player
Prediction - % of Plays
1Toby Gerhart70
2Denard Robinson*15
3Storm Johnson10
4Jordan Todman5
5Terrance Cobb0
6Beau Blankenship0

*currently listed at WR

The Jaguars have come out and said they expect Gerhart to be the bellcow back, so he should get a majority of the carries. I think Denard Robinson will make big strides in his second season, and Storm Johnson should be able to crack into the line-up if he doesn’t exhibit ball security issues early on in the season. Jordan Todman is the odd-man out here, but I still think he makes the final roster.

-Daniel Lago

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  • Jon

    So you think we take 4 running backs into the season?

    • Daniel Lago

      I think so, especially since Denard isn’t considered a pure running back. If we only take 2 quarterbacks and 5 wide receivers into the season, I think Denard doubles as that hybrid WR/RB.

      • Matt Hoffman

        Between Denard and Marqise, Jerry Sullivan is going to be a busy man teaching guys how to catch the ball.