Denard Robinson Out For Season

The Jaguars lost their most productive running back, Denard Robinson for the season. The team isn't mourning the loss, instead they're excited about the possibilities for rookie Storm Johnson.

According to a Baltimore Sun report, Jaguars’ running back Denard Robinson will miss the rest of the season with a sprained foot.

In a season with few positives and fewer highlights, Robinson provided both as he led the team in rushing with 582 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 4.3 yards per carry.

“I think that he came in and was fighting for opportunities and reps as far as getting the ball,” Jaguars’ head coach Gus Bradley said of Robinson. “When he did and he had a period of time there where he put up some really good numbers. He ran extremely hard and did some very good things and gave us some confidence in the run game because of what he did and what he showed. So I thought he made really good progress, really good progress.”

The Jaguars plan on turning to the very ineffective trio of Toby Gerhart, Jordan Todman and rookie Storm Johnson to try and kickstart the running game.

“It will be an opportunity for Storm to get back in the mix,” Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said on Wednesday. “Toby’s healthy and he’ll continue to be in the mix, and Todman will be more into the mix than he’s been this part of the season so far. I don’t know what the final outcome is right now where he’s at, but I think it will be an opportunity for Storm to step up for sure. I think that will be the biggest difference.”

Jaguars’ head coach Gus Bradley echoed the next man up sentiment.

“You’ll see Storm, Toby and Jordan Todman,” Bradley said. “You’ll see those three guys and they’ll split up the reps and depending on the situation we’ll see how this week in practice goes. Toby got some reps but obviously we’re just getting a feel for the runs. We didn’t push it too hard with him but in his mind and our trainers he should be okay. We’ve just got to be smart this early part of the week with him.”

There is certain excitement in the building for Storm Johnson to get another shot, as the rookie from UCF flashed during preseason and some of his limited opportunities during the season.

“I think that Storm, the last couple of weeks, remember I told you about Marqise, it felt like the last couple of weeks he’s had good practices? That’s where Storm was at,” Bradley said. “We were talking prior to this week about trying to find a way to get him up and get him some opportunities. So with the injury to Denard that gave him an opportunity. He had a good day today at practice. He got a lot more reps obviously and I’m hopeful that this time around he’ll take advantage of it even more.”

Robinson was beginning to find his legs as an NFL running back after making the switch from quarterback in college. With wide receiver Allen Robinson and right tackle Austin Pasztor placed on injured reserve in recent weeks, and now with the loss of Robinson, the Jaguars 31st ranked offense suffers yet another major blow.

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