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Former Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart stands alone as the one guy who will be able to make the biggest impact for this program in 2014.
After inking a deal with the Jaguars, via ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the heir apparent to Maurice Jones-Drew's throne comes to Jacksonville with fresh legs and a ton of quality experience.
By now, you know the story.
Gerhart was a former second-round draft pick out of Stanford who spent the bulk of his career in Minnesota acting as the faithful backup to Adrian Peterson.
Rarely getting the chance to shine behind a once-in-a-generation talent like Peterson, Gerhart made the most of his limited opportunities, averaging 4.7 yards per carry in five seasons.
Gerhart's interest in joining the Jaguars can be traced back to Coach Bradley.
Talking on Pro Football Talk on NBCSN (h/t Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com) the 26-year-old running back said:
What Gus brings to the table and he has that enthusiasm that’s charismatic. I don’t know it was something I was drawn to. All the coaches acted the same way and they’re super positive and optimistic about the future, and I wanted to be a part of it
Bradley clearly wants Gerhart to be a major part of this offense.
Marc Sessler of NFL.com asked the Jaguars head coach if Gerhart "would be his bell-cow" running back. Bradley responded by saying "That's what we hope to see...we like what we saw on tape."
Gerhart's future role with the team won't be completely carved out until the impending season draws closer.
But, as Curtis Crabtree of ProFootballTalk.com tweeted, Gerhart could be considered "Marshawn Lynch-lite" down in Florida.
Dating back to his days at Stanford, Gerhart has always ran with a purpose. His surprising lateral quickness and keen ability to muscle his way past defenders is a great indicator of how much he understands the position.
Finally getting his chance to become a full-time starter, Gerhart could find a monumental level of success in offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch's diverse attack.
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