Dec 1, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson (16) against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Denard Robinson competing for Jaguars backup RB role

The Jacksonville Jaguars took a chance on Denard Robinson in last year’s draft but decided to not use him at quarterback, which was his position of choice at Michigan. Rather, like other mobile college quarterbacks with only marginal skill at the position, the Jaguars switched Robinson to a soil position and it’s actually been pretty smooth sailing from there.

According to the Florida-Union Times, not only did Robinson make the team as a let round draft pick in 2013, but he’s now apparently in competition to win the backup running back role in 2014 behind Toby Gerhart.

Robinson has a real chance to make something of his NFL career and that’s not what many thought would be the case as he was coming out of Michigan. For starters, some questioned if a position change would help but it clearly has and now Robinson is on his way to a lucrative position with the Jaguars.

Being a backup running back isn’t what it used to be as not only is Toby Gerhart an unproven starter, but we’ve seen backups come in a few times a year, light it up and then land big contracts as starters. Look no further than Gerhart for an example of that and while Robinson has work ahead of him, his future is a lot brighter than once projected.

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