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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson said he thinks he should be a "No. 1 guy."

By SI Wire
April 20, 2015

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson said he thinks he should be a "No. 1 guy," according to The Florida Times-Union.

Robinson started nine games last season and rushed for a team-high 582 yards and four touchdowns on 135 carries. He was placed on injured reserve in December because of a foot sprain.

With offseason signing Toby Gerhart and quarterback Blake Bortles also recording more than 300 rushing yards, The Jaguars ranked sixth in the NFL in yards per carry last season.

The previous season, Robinson registered only 66 rushing yards on 20 carries, fumbled the ball three times, and the Jaguars finished 31st in the league in rushing yards per carry.

From the Times-Union:

"I think I should be a No. 1 guy," Robinson said. "That's how I have to look at it. But I have to show them that. Words don’t mean anything. It’s all about showing them."


"Just seeing the field a little better," Robinson said. "The game slowed down. I understood, 'This is what a running back has to do. This is the vision you need. This is the patience you need.'

"My rookie year, everything was new, and they had me at slot receiver, punt return, kick return and then different things in practice, and I wanted to do all those things well. But that hindered me. My second year, they said, ‘Focus on running back.’ When I understood what I needed to do, I had success.”

The paper notes that Robinson, who recorded 23 receptions for 124 yards last season, has worked on catching passes and pass protection during the offseason.

Jacksonville, which went 3-13 and finished third in the AFC South last season, hired Greg Olson to replace Jedd Fisch as its new offensive coordinator in January.

The Jaguars selected Robinson in the fifth round of the 2013 draft out of Michigan, where he started 35 games at quarterback and two at running back over four seasons.

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