Jaguars' OC wants 14 carries per game for Denard Robinson

11/8/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Denard Robinson was one of the most physically gifted athletes in the 2013 NFL Draft, but concerns over how an NFL team could use the speedster saw him drop to the fifth round. The Jacksonville Jaguars decided to take a chance on the former college quarterback, and they have faith that he could eventually be a contributor at the running back position. Earlier this week, Robinson was promoted to the No. 2 runner in the Jaguars' backfield.

Aug 9, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars offensive weapon Denard Robinson (16) runs the ball during the game against the Miami Dolphins at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY SportsAfter playing half of their games and losing every one of them, the Jaguars appear poised to get Robinson more involved. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said that his ideal situation in the backfield would be to get Robinson 14 carries, while starter Maurice Jones-Drew would receive 20. "I think you'll see more of Denard in more normal situations," Fisch said, "meaning the tradition first down or second down [runs]."

The notion seems a little absurd at the moment, as Robinson has just 11 carries through the first half of the season. To bump his workload up to 14 carries per game would be a massive increase. Jones-Drew is barely averaging 14 carries per game (he's at 15.3), so getting Robinson to that number will a tall task.

It's worth noting, however, that the biggest cause for the Jaguars' lack of run calls is that they are constantly trailing in games. Their defense gives up the most points in the league, and the offense is not potent enough to keep up, leaving them playing catch-up for most of the game, which results in a lot of pass plays. If the Jaguars could keep the score close, they would have a much better shot at getting the desired number of carries for their running backs. Fisch acknowledged this by saying, "I think we can give [Robinson] more ops, but with that, we would have to be able to run the ball for four quarters." In order to run the ball throughout games, the Jaguars will have to stay in games, and that may be their biggest hurdle.

As of now, 14 carries for Robinson is simply a farfetched idea, but Fisch's comments are still worth noting simply because they show how the team feels about their raw rookie. Jones-Drew is in a contract year, and the Jaguars could decide to let him find a new home in free agency if they really like what they see out of Robinson. With no hope for the playoffs, it wouldn't be surprising to see Jones-Drew's carries toned down a bit with Robinson seeing a bump - the Jaguars are going to want to know what they have in Robinson before they make a decision on MJD in the offseason. Finally, something interesting and non-drug-related might be brewing in Jacksonville.
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