The Jacksonville Jaguars are getting a big boost from running back Denard Robinson. The guy is a versatile athlete, formerly playing college quarterback and receiver last year. Now, he has given the team life with his playmaking ability out of the backfield. After racking up 100 yards in back-to-back games, which happened to be in his first two career starts, “Shoelace” picked up 104 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in week nine. He wiggled his way for 94 yards on the ground, and has literally runaway with the starting role after a trio of strong performances.
With only one win this season, there wasn’t much to be hopeful about in Jacksonville, as quarterback Blake Bortles is second on the team in rushing. Toby Gerhart, who was acquired via free agency in the offseason, got banged up in the early weeks and couldn’t even pick up three yards per carry. Robinson is hovering around five yards per touch, and now Gerhart looks healthy as the change-of-pace back to form a solid tandem.
Robinson has started against the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, and the Bengals so far. The Browns aren’t a shutdown defense, but they are in the AFC North hunt at 5-3. The same can be said for the Dolphins in the AFC East with the same record, except they have a top-10 defense. The Bengals had an elite defense and won their division the last season, but they’ve been struggling, despite leading the division.
Next on the slate are the injury-riddle Dallas Cowboys, the rival Indianapolis Colts, and the inconsistent New York Giants. Robinson will continue to make plays to lead the Jaguars offense against these beatable defenses, and make fantasy football owners happy. He gives them a playmaker to build around for the rest of 2014 and beyond.