Jacksonville Jaguars: 15 best running backs of all-time
By John Buhler
Denard Robinson was an excellent offensive playmaker in college for the Michigan Wolverines at quarterback. He might have been an All-American in 2010 and a two-time All-Big Ten first team player. However, Robinson would need to switch positions to have staying power in the NFL.
Robinson would end up being drafted by the Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft as a running back. His ability to run out of the backfield and catch the occasional ball allowed him to spend his entire four-year NFL career in Duval County.
Robinson played sparingly as a rookie in 2013, as he only had 20 carries for 66 yards and no touchdowns. It wasn’t much, but it did set up nicely his best season as a professional in 2014 with the Jaguars.
He had 135 carries for 582 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games for the 2014 Jaguars, nine of them being starts. Robinson would also haul in 23 grabs for 124 yards through the air. This led to him having 706 yards from scrimmage that season as Jacksonville’s No. 2 running back.
2015 would see the arrival of running back T.J. Yeldon in Jacksonville. Robinson would end up backing him up in his third season in the league. He suffered an MCL sprain that fall, gaining 266 yards on 67 carries for one touchdown. Robinson’s production dipped even more in what was his last season in Jacksonville in 2016. He managed just 41 carries for 144 yards and no touchdowns.
Robinson would not be brought back to the Jaguars after the 2016 NFL season. He tried out with both the Chicago Bears and the New York Jets in 2017, but never stuck with either team. In four seasons with the Jaguars, Robinson had 263 career carries for 1,058 rushing yards and five touchdowns. As a receiver, he had 47 catches for 310 yards.