Denard Robinson Believes He Should Be No. 1 Back


Denard Robinson may have to fend off other players to keep his job as the primary running back with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015. The running back stable became a bit more crowded with the free agent addition of Bernard Pierce and the team is still expected to add another running back in the 2015 NFL Draft.

That’s not great news for a guy who is still learning the position after transitioning from quarterback just two seasons ago.

Still, Robinson was the team’s rushing leader in 2014 after showing much improved form and consistency over his 2013 “offensive weapon” days. Now, he expects to be the top player on the depth chart. He’ll have to prove it, though. “Words don’t mean anything. It’s all about showing them,” Robinson said, per the Florida Times-Union.

That’s the absolute truth.

With a talented, crowded running back class in the 2015 NFL Draft, Robinson could see himself competing against a player with the skills to go in the first round if this was the 1990s. Instead, running backs will slip to the early second and the Jaguars could have their selection of any of the top backs in this year’s class. Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley get all the headlines, but guys like Jay Ajayi, Tevin Coleman, and Duke Johnson deserves strong consideration as well.

The Jaguars’ backfield is starting to look better as Denard Robinson’s transition continues. He’s showing growth each year. Now he needs to show he can really shoulder the responsibility. Some writers believe the backfield has nothing more than a bunch of number two options, so it will be up to Robinson to prove that he’s more than just depth material if he played anywhere else.

To me, it sounds like he’s ready to do that.

Now he just has to prove it and make sure that nobody else on the roster takes his spot from him.

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