Toby Gerhart is still trying forget a painful 2014 NFL season. In order to completely put it in the past, however, he needs to find a way to get on the field in 2015. Per reports, Gerhart is close to a return after missing the Jacksonville Jaguars’ first two games of the year with an abdomen injury.
While Gerhart has lost his job as the Jaguars’ top running back, he could still find himself in a role in week three against the New England Patriots. Regular runner Denard Robinson is dealing with a knee injury and isn’t expected to take the field this week. That could leave Gerhart competing with Bernard Pierce for a role behind feature back, T.J. Yeldon. Gerhart’s role will likely be reduced to blocking and dump-off receptions, but getting back to full strength at the very worst solidifies Jacksonville’s running back depth. He remains probable to play on Sunday.
We were pretty excited about Gerhart as a strong RB2 in fantasy football going into last year, and while that certainly blew up in everyone’s faces, the guy is still not without talent. Gerhart sustained an ankle injury right away in week one last year and a quick look at the tape showed two pretty obvious problems: the o-line was not blocking well and the Jaguars failed to utilized Gerhart properly. With both issues less of a problem in 2015, Gerhart could potentially sneak his way back up into a role in Jacksonville’s improving offense. He’s not worth owing now, and possibly never will be, but he could easily end up being one injury away from a big role at some point in the season. He’s at least getting back to full strength, though, which is step one in his bid to redeem himself for a failed 2014. For week three, of course, Yeldon is a borderline RB2 and is an appealing cheap play in daily fantasy football leagues. Gerhart, for now, can be safely ignored.