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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%: 79/54 | Average Draft Position: 40.00
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Toby Gerhart looks sharp in second preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart ran the ball hard during Friday's dress rehearsal game against the Lions in Detroit. Gerhart played into the third quarter. He took 10 handoffs for 32 yards, averaging 3.2 yards per attempt. He was not targeted in the passing game. Gerhart has 16 carries for 51 yards through two exhibition games.

Toby Gerhart: My hip felt fine in preseason game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) The Jaguars have reported that potential featured back Toby Gerhart had no problem with his hip in the Thursday night preseason game against Chicago. He managed 19 yards rushing on six carries, though one of his attempts traveled 18 yards.

Fantasy owners shouldn't be nervous about Toby Gerhart


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/15/2014) It was one preseason game, but everyone saw what I saw in Toby Gerhart when I wrote about him back in May. He's strong, he's got great vision, he's got great hands, he'll deliver a handful of 10-plus-yard runs and ... he's probably the slowest starting running back in football. 

Gerhart's weakness is his speed but it doesn't make him a bad Fantasy option. Playing in the pros is all about having athletic talent and the mental capacity to handle what comes with it and what's asked of you. Making it big in Fantasy is having the opportunity to put up numbers. There's a difference -- and through two preseason games there's no reason to believe Gerhart's workload is in any danger of slipping because no one else in J-ville has the talent to match up to Gerhart's total package.

I still like Gerhart a lot as a pick between 30th and 40th overall in every single draft.  


Toby Gerhart makes Jacksonville debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart finally made his Jacksonville debut on Thursday against the Bears.

On the opening play of the game, Gerhart took a handoff for a gain of 6 yards. He then ripped an 18-yard run up the middle on the second play of the second drive. He was limited to two series with the first-team offense and finished with six carries for 19 yards, averaging 3.2 yards per attempt. He also caught the only pass thrown his way for a gain of 8 yards.


Jags want to give Gerhart 5-6 carries on Thursday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said if running back Toby Gerhart is able to play Thursday against the Bears, he'd like the free agent acquisition to get 5-6 carries, reports the Florida Times-Union. Gerhart (hip flexor) returned to practice Tuesday.

"I'd like to see Toby run the ball a little bit," Fisch said. "Something in the range of five or six."

Fisch added he envisions Gerhart as the "lead dog" but three other backs have a chance to get significant carries.


Toby Gerhart returns to practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart returned to practice Tuesday after missing more than a week with a hip flexor injury, reports the Associated Press. It's unclear if he'll play Thursday against the Bears.

Toby Gerhart says he'll practice Tuesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart, who's missed more than a week with a hip flexor injury, said he'll practice Tuesday, reports Fox Sports. If he does, Gerhart might have a chance to play Thursday against the Bears.

Still sidelined, Toby Gerhart might miss another preseason game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart was held out of practice again Monday, a sign he might miss the second preseason game Thursday in Chicago, reports the Florida Times-Union. Gerhart already has missed a scrimmage and the first preseason game due to a hip flexor injury.

The paper said the short week of practice might lead the team to sit Gerhart again.

Toby Gerhart aiming for second preseason game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart was unable to play in Friday's preseason opener against the Buccaneers, as he continues to deal with a hip injury that has slowed him in recent days.

Gerhart told the Florida Times-Union he hopes to get some snaps in the team's second preseason game, Thursday against the Bears. He has not practiced since last Thursday, but will hopefully get onto the field ahead of the next preseason game. 


Jaguars reveal inactives for Week 1 of preseason


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) The Jaguars revealed a list of players who will not participate in Friday's preseason opener against the Buccaneers. The following players will sit out: Sherrod Martin, Tandon Doss, Alan Ball, Toby Gerhart, J.T. Thomas, Allen Robinson, Cecil Shorts, Brandon Barden and Clay Harbor.

Toby Gerhart held out again, won't play Friday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart missed practice again Wednesday with a hip flexor, reports the Florida Times-Union. Coach Gus Bradley said afterward that Gerhart won't play in Friday's preseason opener against the Buccaneers.

Update: Toby Gerhart has hip flexor


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart is day-to-day with a hip flexor, reports the team's website. Earlier reports indicated Gerhart was sidelined with groin tightness.

Gerhart has not practiced since last Thursday.


Toby Gerhart sidelined with groin tightness


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart, who did not practice Friday or Saturday, will miss another couple days with groin tightness, reports the Florida Times-Union. Gerhart said Friday he was sitting out due to general leg tightness.

In Gerhart's absence, Jordan Todman is getting first-team reps.


Toby Gerhart held out with leg tightness


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart was held out of Saturday night's scrimmage with leg tightness. "Just precautionary," he told the Florida Times-Union. "General leg tightness. They gave me a day to rest it."

Gerhart, who also sat out Friday, plans to practice Monday.

"I feel like I’ve gotten a good amount of work so far in getting a grasp of the offense and I’m enjoying it," Gerhart said. "I was bummed I couldn’t be out there [Saturday] because it was exciting with the fans and [not] getting a chance to run out of the tunnel for the first time."

Jordan Todman ran with the starters in Gerhart's absence.


Jaguars label Toby Gerhart as a 'workhorse'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch referred to running back Toby Gerhart as "our workhouse" and should be their back for any situation they want to use him in. 

"Toby has the ability to do it all," Fisch said per the Florida Times-Union. "He can catch it well. He can pass protect well, and he's going to be in the game a lot -- third down, base downs, short-yardage, passing downs."

Gerhart has averaged 4.7 yards per carry in his career with 276 regular-season career carries. 


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.