Throughout the entire offseason, running back Toby Gerhart has been the main topic of conversation when talking about the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Maurice Jones-Drew, for the last several years, has not only been the lead guy in the Jaguars’ backfield, but the face of the franchise and to many, the lone star in the River City. Before Jones-Drew, Fred Taylor manned that position.
Now, Gerhart is the next man up and many are excited to see what he can do. A college standout at Stanford, Gerhart sat behind and learned from the best in the game in Adrian Peterson during his four years with the Minnesota Vikings. Yes, he’s a four-year veteran, but sitting behind an All-Pro like Peterson, Gerhart doesn’t have the mileage on his legs that most backs do.
Unfortunately, head coach Gus Bradley is going to have to wait a little while longer to watch his ‘bell-cow’ in action as Gerhart has been ruled out for Friday’s preseason debut at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Gus Bradley says Toby Gerhart will not play in preseason opener because of hip flexor injury.
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) August 6, 2014
This is injury has been nagging Gerhart for the past few practices and isn’t a surprise to anyone for the most part. It’s important that the team takes a careful approach with Gerhart in order to ensure he is healthy enough to last for a full 16-game season.