Toby Gerhart Fantasy 2014
After flipping former 1st round pick Blaine Gabbert to the 49ers for a bag of footballs, the Jacksonville Jaguars wasted little time in signing running back Toby Gerhart to a three-year contract. The deal has a base value of $10.5 million, including $4.5 million guaranteed. Gerhart was the Minnesota Vikings second-round pick in 2010 and has spent the last four years as Adrian Peterson‘s primary back up. As it seems, Maurice Jones-Drew won’t be returning to Jacksonville, and Jordan Todman and Toby Gerhart will battle it out for a lead role in the Jaguars starting offense for 2014. Gerhart has 1,305 career rushing yards with a 4.7 yard per-carry average. He is 26 years old, an even 6-feet tall, and weighs in the 230lbs range.
Fantasy owners will scroll over this day-one free agent signing without a second thought. Unfortunately, Toby Gerhart has left a permanent impression of being nothing more than an NFL back-up to most fantasy owners. Yet, it’s safe to say that just about any running back on the same team as Adrian Peterson will need to get used to watching the game from along the sidelines. AP is one of the last remaining all-purpose running backs in the NFL who rarely needs a breather or gets pulled for a specific play. Toby Gerhart had a very impressive college career with Stanford, especially in 2009 where he ran for 1,871 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns. He has only 276 career NFL carries, and heads to a team that needs a spark. Gerhart is the type of player that needs a few carries to get going, and he has been wasting away as a fantasy option with the Vikings in my opinion. This is an excellent signing for the Jaguars. If the team can solidify the offensive line and call a balanced attack, one that doesn’t put too much of the game in Chad Henne’s hands, this could really emerge as a great fit for Gerhart.