Denard Robinson thriving in Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff
The Jacksonville Jaguars are pleased with assistant Denard Robinson.
Earlier this year, former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson joined the team’s coaching staff and is currently listed as an offensive quality control coach. Although we hadn’t heard much about him, head coach Doug Marrone believes he’s doing a good job.
Marrone said in a recent sitdown with the local media that Robinson has handled himself well and has been a hard worker. The coach later mentioned that the former running back is curious to learn and that the versatility he had as a player provides a good foundation for him to become a successful coach.
What can Robinson offer to the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff?
The ‘Jags’ drafted Robinson in the fifth round of 2013’s draft. At the time, we didn’t know how the team would use him on offense since he played different positions in college. He was so versatile that the team ‘Jags’ tried to use the ‘offensive weapon’ designation on him. The effort ended up falling short but the team’s brass knew the Michigan standout could offer flexibility on offense.
After all, Robinson played quarterback, running back and wide receiver for the Wolverines so it wasn’t that far-fetched for the Jaguars to deploy him at different positions. In the end, he mostly saw time at running back and even though he had an uneventful rookie season, he racked up 135 carries for 582 yards and four touchdowns in 2014.
The following year, Robinson had 67 carries for 266 yards and one touchdown. However, injuries ended cutting his NFL career short after four seasons. In his four-year tenure with the Jaguars, he played in 55 five games with 13 starts and carried the ball 263 times for 1,058 yards and five touchdowns. He also hauled in 47 receptions for 310 yards.
Robinson later tried out for the now extinct Alliance of American Football in the 2019 season but again had to deal with injuries, putting an end to his time as a football player. Although his playing career didn’t work out the way he surely envisioned, Doug Marrone’s positive assessment as a coach is a sign that things might have ended up working in his favor.