Toby Gerhart keeps finding ways to stick with the Jacksonville Jaguars and 2016 may finally prove to be too much.
Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell recently said that there is a “good chance” that running back Toby Gerhart finds his way back on the team for 2016 and hinted toward a new role for the free agent bust.
After two seasons of less than average play (to put it nicely), the fact that Gerhart is still even being considered for a spot on the Jaguars roster is mind blowing. It’s time for the Jaguars to move on from Gerhart, not find new ways to utilize him. He offers so little value to the team that it’s clearly time to move on.
But this is the second season in a row that Caldwell has promised a special role for Gerhart.
Don’t hold your breath, Jaguars fans, because the last time that was promised Gerhart averaged 2.2 yards per carry. Oh, and that was 2015 in case anybody forgot about some of his more horrific runs.
This isn’t about Gerhart’s potential anymore. He’s a full two seasons removed from his impressive 7.9 yards per carry with the Minnesota Vikings. He’s a full two seasons of mediocre-at-best play and plenty of less than mediocre plays into his time with the Jags. He’s had his opportunities to prove himself and still fallen short.
So what kind of role does Caldwell imagine for him? Is he talking about a high priced special teams player? Is he talking about a limited-use fullback?
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The questions will continue to swirl around Gerhart, only he is no longer the draw for speculation that he once was. He is far from an outside shot to be a featured tailback with the Jaguars and his value elsewhere appears limited. What’s the point of bringing him back?