Denard Robinson was the most high-profile player the Jaguars selected in the draft this year.
At the University of Michigan, he started 37 games — 35 at quarterback — and was the first player in NCAA history to pass for 2,500 yards and rush for 1,500 in a single season.
Despite all his athletic skills, NFL teams weren’t sure whether he fit into an NFL offense. He fell to the fifth round before the Jaguars took him.
The Jaguars listed him as an OW (offensive weapon) and tried to figure out how to use him, but with little success.
“We tried him at wildcat and tried him at receiver and we just said that didn’t work real well,’’ said Jaguars coach Gus Bradley. “Let’s put him at tailback. He never played it before, but when he did, some things came naturally to him.’’
The result? Bradley has named Robinson the team’s backup running back behind Maurice Jones-Drew for the second half of the season. Robinson has surpassed Justin Forsett and Jordan Todman on the depth chart.