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Make no mistake about it: Toby Gerhart is the Jaguars starting running back entering the 2014 season.
But after Gerhart's place on the depth chart, the water becomes muddied.
It's never a bad thing to have too much depth. For the Jaguars, running back is a position they have plenty of options to lean on.
Denard Robinson, Jordan Todman and rookie Storm Johnson will be three names jockeying for the backup role.
Robinson, the former University of Michigan quarterback, is entering his second year in a Jags uniform. After a disappointing rookie campaign, he'll be looking to use his versatility to take that No. 2 spot.
Despite a rough start to his NFL career, head coach Gus Bradley expressed to Vito Stellino of Jacksonville.com that Robinson is focused on turning his misfortunes around.
Todman enters camp as the team's "forgotten" halfback. Without the allure of Robinson's versatility or the excitement of Johnson, by default the 24-year-old is going to be under the least amount of pressure.
Last season in a reserve role, his production was all over the place.
His crowning moment came in Week 15 against the Buffalo Bills. With 25 carries to his credit, Todman ran for 109 yards and caught four passes for an additional 44 yards.
In a complete effort, he looked good running behind a porous Jaguars offensive line—according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), the Jaguars offensive line finished as the worst run-blocking line in the NFL last season.
Finally, there's Johnson. He's the man who played a bulk of his college ball at UCF with new Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.
Johnson is an appealing runner. He's a powerful tailback who can cut upfield and use his frame to drive defenders back.
At rookie camp, the former UCF Knight impressed the coaching staff, according to Paul Tenorio of the Orlando Sentinel:
Johnson looked like his normal explosive self over the first two days of public practice at rookie minicamp in Jacksonville. With 6,214 fans in attendance on Saturday, Johnson broke off one or two nice runs, showing off his speed and ability to shake defenders, albeit against a defense that was not wearing any pads.
All three running backs have their own way of doing things. With an offseason that should once again by fueled by the sweet nectar of competition, who emerges from that gauntlet as the team's clear-cut No. 2 option is going to be one of the most intriguing storylines to watch unravel at camp.