Toby Gerhart, Storm Johnson, Jordan Todman, Bradie Ewing, Will Ta’ufo’ou, Terrance Cobb
The Jaguars running back group appears to have much more depth than in recent seasons and Jaguars fans no longer have to worry about how many games Maurice Jones-Drew might play or if he’s unhappy with his contract. Toby Gerhart will take over the reigns as the lead back and although he’s never been a featured back, he’s performed very well in his career when he’s received opportunities backing up Adrian Peterson. Gerhart has averaged nearly 5 yards per carry for his career and he’s a tough, north-south runner who can also catch the ball out of the backfield.
Also vying for carries will be rookie Storm Johnson from UCF. Johnson has good burst and vision, but put the ball on the ground quite a bit during his collegiate career. Johnson doesn’t have quite as good of hands as expected but does have the talent to be a 3-down back.
Jordan Todman is a straight burner but has had trouble with vision and breaking tackles. He’s your classic third-down back who has a slight frame not really built for 3-down work.
Bradie Ewing and Wil Ta’ufo’ou will be likely competing for one roster position at fullback. They are classic throwback types who will need a good special teams contribution to make the roster.
Terrance Cobb is an undrafted rookie from Cumberland College. The odds are obviously stacked against him and he will need to be a special teams standout to get some roster consideration. Before all you Terrance Cobb fans lose hope, remember that Montell Owens from Maine earned a roster spot from the bottom of the depth chart in 2006, a depth chart that included Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones-Drew and Greg Jones. Anything is possible.
Running Back Grade: C
The Jaguars group of backs really does have potential to be very productive but none of them have proven much. There is talent and variety, but staying healthy will be the key behind a questionable offensive line.