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21 Toby Gerhart RB
Height/Weight: 6-0/231 | Birthdate: 3/28/1987 | Birthplace: Norco, CA, USA | Team: Jacksonville | College: Stanford | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 39/2 | Average Draft Position: 162.49
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GM confirms Gerhart will get 'bulk of the carries'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/19/2014) The Jaguars continue to sound committed to Toby Gerhart as their primary running back. General manager Dave Caldwell told USA Today about scouting Gerhart when he was coming into the NFL four years ago, and how coaches on his staff now were frustrated gameplanning against him in the NFC North. The message from the top of the organization on down is that Gerhart will try to emulate Marshawn Lynch's 'Beast Mode' style of running with the Jaguars. 

"Knowing he was going to have to pass protect, catch the ball out of the backfield and get tough yardage, he was a really good fit for us," Caldwell said of why they recruited him in free agency this offseason. "He'll get the bulk of the carries and he'll be a great asset."


Jags like Toby Gerhart's tackle-breaking ability


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) New Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart averaged 3.8 yards after contact per carry last season with the Vikings, tied for fourth in the NFL. That was a big reason why Jacksonville signed him.

"He’s a horse," running backs coach Terry Richardson told the Florida Times-Union. "He’s a big guy, and I talked to one of his former [position] coaches, and he was saying Toby had the strongest legs he’s been around in terms of his leg drive and leg power. We’re excited about that."


Hold off on the Storm Johnson excitement


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/13/2014) New Jags running back Storm Johnson has talent and plenty of potential but doesn't have great speed and isn't a strong runner. He's a good fit for the Jaguars as a backup to Toby Gerhart. We wouldn't spend anything better than a late pick on Johnson in any long-term type of draft.

Vikings could draft a running back


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/5/2014) The Vikings could draft a running back in the NFL Draft to help take the load off Adrian Peterson, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The report says the team is looking for a replacement for the departed Toby Gerhart and give Peterson a rest from time to time.

"He's getting to the point where you don't have to give him the ball 50 times a game for 16 games," said general manager Rick Spielman. "Adrian's the face of our franchise, but Norv (Turner) has a history of having two backs to keep him fresh, because I think it's very important as you go through the season that they're still strong in Week 16 and they're still strong when you get into the playoffs."

Minnesota doesn't have a surefire No. 2 back on the roster. Matt Asiata filled in for the injured Peterson and Gerhart in two games last December and performed admirably with 166 yards on 44 carries (a 3.8 average). But Asiata, entering his third season, is still raw.

After that, Minnesota has just Joe Banyard and Bradley Randle on the roster. They've mostly been practice squad players.


Toby Gerhart: I can be 'a dominant guy'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) New Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart said he's always had the talent to be a starter. He just happened to get stuck behind Adrian Peterson in Minnesota.

“I had the skill set to be a [NFL] starter from the onset, but I was playing behind one of the best in the game,” Gerhart told the Florida Times-Union. “I’ve gotten comfortable with the speed of the game, but don’t have the wear and tear on my body of someone carrying it 250 times a year.

“I think I’m in a unique situation. Even though it’s my fifth year in the league, I can come in and be a dominant guy. I’m ready for my shot now."

Gerhart has averaged 4.7 yards per carry in his career. The Jags believe Gerhart can continue that type of performance even if he gets 240-plus carries, the paper said. Gerhart has never gotten more than 109 carries in a season.


Toby Gerhart: Lack of wear and tear a plus


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) New Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart received just 86 carries over his last two seasons in Minnesota. That's a plus, he told ESPN.com.

“It’s been an opportunity to get experience over the years and also learn,” Gerhart said. “I’ve stayed fresh, stayed strong and healthy, and I’m ready for my shot now.”

Gerhart has averaged 4.7 yards per carry in his career. The Jaguars hope he'll become their featured back, the report said.

"There’s always a prove-yourself situation, especially coming in to a team," Gerhart said. "I was one of the first running backs signed in free agency. Coming in where Maurice [Jones-Drew] was, there’s definitely going to be that added pressure to prove yourself.

"I haven’t had the opportunity to play a full 16 games as a starter so I think a lot of people are going to wait and see before the jury’s out on me. I’m excited about that and ready to show what I can do."


Jags thoughts on Toby Gerhart are on the money


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/7/2014) We've heard and read a lot about what the Jaguars are expecting from Toby Gerhart, the latest of which being that the team figures he'll get more yards after contact than Maurice Jones-Drew had last season. 

That expectation should happen as Gerhart consistently broke tackles over his limited reps with the Vikings since joining the NFL. In pretty much every game he had at least 10 carries in last year, Gerhart had at least one long run that involved him breaking tackles.

In a story soon to publish to CBSSports.com, I suggested Gerhart would be one of the best backs in the league if he was faster. He might have run a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash once upon a time but he doesn't have the same kind of jets as even the second-tier backs in the league. But he can and should do everything else for the Jaguars. I've warmed up to him as a middle- to low-end No. 2 Fantasy running back worth a Top 60 pick ... assuming the Jaguars don't draft another running back who could take work away from Gerhart.


Bradley says Toby Gerhart a three-down back


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) Jaguars coach Gus Bradley continues to heap praise on newly-signed running back Toby Gerhart.

Bradley said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings that Gerhart can be a three-down back.

"He has the ability to play all three downs," Bradley said. "How many carries he gets ... we would like to run the ball over 40 percent of the time. There might be 28-30 carries in a game, and there aren't more running backs that carry more than 20 times a game. If he's a guy that is carrying it 15-16 times and with third down reps, 18 times. That's feasible. A strong possibility."




Gus Bradley: Toby Gerhart could get 15-20 touches regularly


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said newly-signed running back Toby Gerhart could regularly receive 15-20 touches per game, reports the Florida Times-Union. Bradley likes Gerhart's toughness and his ability as a receiver.

“He seems like a guy that the more he handles the ball the stronger he gets,” Bradley said. “He’ll pop one. He can make people miss. He has a toughness you can count on, can catch the ball and he’s great on third downs. He’s going to have a great opportunity.”

Jaguars make mistake by signing Toby Gerhart


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/12/2014) I don't quite understand what the Jaguars were thinking in signing Toby Gerhart on Tuesday, the first day of free agency. Jacksonville gave Gerhart a three-year deal for $10.5 million with $4.5 million in guaranteed money.

Why?

Gerhart isn't a game-changing running back, and if you're going to pay for one why not get someone with upside. Gerhart doesn't have blazing speed or the ability to make people miss. He's not going to excel in the passing game. And Jacksonville's not going to give him the chance for many touchdowns.

If Jacksonville waited until the second week of free agency they might have been able to land a desperate veteran cast-off with more ability. But spending money on Gerhart makes little sense.

Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson will still get touches, and Gerhart's Fantasy value will be a flex option at best. We'll see what he can do with a bigger opportunity now that he's out of Adrian Peterson's shadow, and Gerhart does have five games with double digits in Fantasy points in the six games he's gotten double digits in carries over the past three seasons.

I just don't understand the move to sign him so early in the process. We'll see how it plays out, but he's not someone I want on my Fantasy team in 2014 outside of a late-round pick.


New Jaguar Toby Gerhart has mid- to late-round appeal


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/12/2014) While Toby Gerhart won't be confused with Marshawn Lynch anytime soon, I get the sense from the Jaguars that they want a physical back as part of their rushing crew. Gerhart certainly provides that, plus he has good hands. 

As of now the primary rushing job in Jacksonville is wide open. Jordan Todman should be part of the crew and Denard Robinson might be given a chance to shine. But the Jaguars' decision to overpay for Gerhart ($4.5 guaranteed was too much) hints at just how much they value him and want him. It should lead to opportunities to at least work on early rush downs and short-yardage/goal-line situations. 

Gerhart enters the fray for me as a mid- to late-round running back pick up. I fully expect Jacksonville to draft another back and push Gerhart to a 10-touch per game role. That's why he's not going to go any higher. Expect him to begin the season on your bench. 


Toby Gerhart leaves Minnesota for Jacksonville


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) After four seasons spent backing up one of the best backs in the league, former Vikings running back Toby Gerhart might have found a starting role in free agency. The Jaguars announced the signing of Gerhart to a three-year deal Tuesday, worth $10.5 million, with $4.5 million in guaranteed money according to FOXSports.com.

Gerhart has started just six games in his four-year career, but does carry a yards per carry average of 4.7 on 276 attempts. With Maurice Jones-Drew likely out the door, Gerhart could step into the starting lineup for the Jaguars.


Vikings, Toby Gerhart could part ways


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/12/2014) Running back Toby Gerhart is a free agent this offseason, and the Vikings likely won't bring him back as the backup for Adrian Peterson, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The report says "it's hard to see Gehart back in Minnesota" and suggests the Dolphins, Browns and Giants as possible destinations for him in 2014.


Vikings inactives Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Vikings have made QB Josh Freeman, RB Adrian Peterson, CB Xavier Rhodes, RB Toby Gerhart, T Mike Remmers, WR Rodney Smith and DT Letroy Guion inactive Week 17.

With both Gerhart and Peterson out, Matt Asiata will get the majority of the work. Guion came into the game listed as doubtful.


Two Vikings ruled out


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Vikings RB Toby Gerhart and LB Audie Cole have been ruled out Week 17.

With Adrian Peterson doubtful, the running back workload may fall to Matt Asiata again. Neither Cole or Gerhart were able to practice this week. 


Toby Gerhart doubtful for Week 17


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2013) Vikings running back Toby Gerhart aggravated his hamstring injury in the Week 16 loss to Cincinnati and is doubtful to play in the season finale, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

No carries for Toby Gerhart, Matt Asiata


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Though Vikings starting running back Adrian Peterson is still working his way back from foot and groin injuries that sidelined him in Week 15, neither Toby Gerhart nor Matt Asiata got a single carry Week 16 at Cincinnati.

Gerhart is considered Peterson's backup, but he was also inactive for Week 15 because of a hamstring injury. Asiata filled in for both in Week 15 and scored three touchdowns, but he averaged just 1.7 yards on 30 carries.

Gerthart is the more likely of the two to contribute going forward, but both look like bench players heading into Week 17 against the Lions.


Toby Gerhart returns to action


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Vikings backup running back Toby Gerhart -- who missed his chance to start when Adrian Peterson was sidelined by a sprained foot last week, sitting because of a hamstring injury of his own -- is active for Week 16 at Cincinnati. Peterson is also active, however. 

Toby Gerhart probable Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Vikings running back Toby Gerhart is probable Week 16 against the Bengals.

Gerhart is dealing with a hamstring injury, but was able to practice in full Friday. He missed Week 15 due to the injury. Adrian Peterson is listed as questionable, so Gerhart would get the majority of the work if Peterson can't play. 


Not the week for Toby Gerhart or Matt Asiata


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/18/2013) With starting running back Adrian Peterson (foot) and backup running back Toby Gerhart (hamstring) both sidelined by injuries Week 15 against Philadelphia, Matt Asiata carried the load for the Vikings and made a surprising contribution in Fantasy, rushing for three touchdowns.

But come practice time Wednesday, he was the one on the sidelines with an ankle injury while Peterson and Gerhart both saw the field.

A Peterson return appears to be the most likely scenario for Week 16 at Cincinnati, so whichever of Gerhart and Asiata is active would simply be filling the backup role, with Gerhart getting priority. And if Peterson doesn't end up playing, you probably wouldn't want to start either, given the matchup. The Bengals rank fifth against the run, giving up 98.7 yards and 3.9 yards per carry, and have surrendered the fourth-fewest Fantasy points to running backs this season. The last time they allowed even 70 rushing yards to a player was in Week 9.

If you feel the need to handcuff Peterson, Gerhart is still the way to go. Despite the touchdowns, Asiata averaged just 1.7 yards per carry last week. If that's the best he could do against the Eagles, he doesn't stand a chance with this matchup.


Vikings list inactives for Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) The Vikings have made RB Adrian Peterson, OL Brandon Fusco, CB Chris Cook, TE John Carlson, QB Josh Freeman, RB Toby Gerhart and CB Xavier Rhodes inactive Week 15 against the Eagles.

Peterson and Gerhart will not play, leaving Matt Asiata with the full-time workload. Rhodes and Fusco were listed as doubtful heading into the game.


Toby Gerhart inactive Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Vikings running back Toby Gerhart is inactive Week 15 against the Eagles.

Gerhart injured his hamstring late during Week 14, and was unable to get through early practices. He was able to practice on a limited basis Friday, but didn't improve enough to play Sunday. With Adrian Peterson also out, Matt Asiata should receive the bulk of the workload.


Report: Vikings likely to be without Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) Early Sunday morning K-TWIN radio's Sean Jensen, a former Vikings beat writer with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, posted on Twitter that the team was informed that both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart were ruled out for their Week 15 game vs. the Eagles.

Peterson and Gerhart are both currently listed as questionable, Peterson with a foot sprain and Gerhart with a hamstring injury. Both were limited in practice Friday after not practicing on Wednesday or Thursday. Matt Asiata is the Vikings third-string running back and presumed starter if both AP and Gerhart are out.

The team had no official announcement but did call up Joe Banyard from the practice squad. When teams call up a player the day before a game it's typically to have a player in place in the event of a starter being inactive.

CBSSports.com will have the latest on this situation later Sunday morning at 11 a.m. ET on Fantasy Football Today


No news on Vikings running backs Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2013) The Vikings have yet to make a decision on the statuses of running backs Adrian Peterson (foot) or Toby Gerhart (hamstring) for Week 15 against the Eagles, according to an ESPN.com report Saturday. Both are considered questionable for Sunday's game, but the team did add a running back to the active roster Saturday, a possible indication that the team is anticipating being without one of the backs. 

Toby Gerhart questionable Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) Vikings running back Toby Gerhart is questionable Week 15 against the Eagles.

Gerhart suffered a hamstring injury near the end of Week 14, putting his status in doubt. He was able to get through light practice Friday, and will be re-evaluated after Saturday's walk-through.