The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to express their high hopes for their 2013 NFL Draft class.
Speaking in a radio interview Tuesday, GM David Caldwell praised the team’s fifth-round pick Denard Robinson (No. 135 overall) for his burst at running back in rookie minicamp and said the plan is to give the 5-10, 199-pound playmaker 10-15 touches per game, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports.
Robinson’simpressive display on a sloppy, rain-soaked field last Friday indicates that he will play multiple roles for the Jaguars, as he lined up at running back, fullback and wide receiver.
“He was good,” Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said, via the team’s official website “We’re throwing a lot at him.”
Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch shared is sentiments of the very versatile and often lethal playmaker who possesses elite change of direction, acceleration and top-end speed.
“I know he’s a weapon from looking at all the college film, Fisch said via Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. ”Now it’s a matter of what can he do best for us. He will primarily play running back, but we’re looking forward to be able to move him around to a lot of other spots as well.”
While there are questions regarding Robinson’s size, durability and lack of experience at various positions, he has the ability to stretch the field at a moment’s notice with an accurate, strong arm in short-to-medium passing game and and also become a home-run hitter out of the backfield with his combination of speed, balance, elusiveness and patience to read blocks like a veteran, following linemen on zone and stretch plays.
“One of our philosophies on offense is trying to get [the ball] in the playmakers’ hands,” Fisch added. “That’s why you saw him play some multiple positions just to see what he can do, what he can take on and give him a little bit of flavor.”
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