Toby Gerhart will make his Jaguars debut tonight
Tonight marks the first time that we will see Toby Gerhart play as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team will be visiting the Chicago Bears tonight for their second preseason game, but this will Gerhart’s first live action with the Jaguars since straining his hip flexor on July 31st.
He has sat out the past two weeks but joined back in on Tuesday while the team practiced in helmets and shoulder pads. According to ESPN reporter Mike DiRocco, Toby Gerhart said this about his injury,
“I’ve been running four or five days straight now, and each day coming in and taking stock of how it’s feeling. It’s been feeling good, so I don’t expect it to feel any worse tomorrow.”
Then when he was asked about the game tonight against the Bears, he said this,
“Looking forward to it. A fun field to play at. But I’m more excited about taking the field with the Jaguars for the first time.”
Toby Gerhart spent his first four seasons stuck behind Adrian Peterson on the Minnesota Vikings but will now be relied on as the feature back in Jacksonville. When Maurice Jones-Drew left via free agency for the Oakland Raiders, the Jaguars thought that Gerhart could handle the responsibility and offered him a three year contract worth $10.5 million.
During his four seasons as AP’s backup, Gerhart was able to gain 1,305 rushing yards with 5 touchdowns while averaging 4.7 yards per carry. He also was able to obtain 77 receptions for 600 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns that way. These are not exactly eye opening numbers but he was stuck behind arguably the best running back in the league.
Sports-Kings Down and Distance Lead Columnist Kyle Pierce @kylepierce28