5. Toby Gerhart
Gerhart was a major free agent bust over two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, averaging 3.2 yards per carry over 14 games in 2014 and falling into a minimal role over seven games last season. As expected, especially after the signing of Chris Ivory in free agency, the Jaguars released Gerhart in March.
Gerhart spent the first four years of his NFL career as Adrian Peterson’s backup with the Minnesota Vikings, with a season-high of 109 carries (in 2011) over that time. So leaving aside his college workload at Stanford, with 343 carries as a senior in 2009, Gerhart is not a typical 29-year-old running back in terms or wear and tear that comes with being a workhorse back.
It’s hard to see a great fit for Gerhart in Washington since a third-down back to complement Jones would seem to be their priority if they add a veteran back. But among the group of running backs that is available right now, he has a better track record than most and that alone gives him a spot on this list.
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