Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
Toby Gehart commented on his recovery on Tuesday with Michael DiRocco of ESPN:
"Looking forward to it," Gerhart said. "A fun field to play at. But I'm more excited about taking the field with the Jaguars for the first time."
"I've been running four or five days straight now, and each day coming in and taking stock of how it's feeling," Gerhart said. "It's been feeling good, so I don't expect it to feel any worse tomorrow."
Earlier, John Oehser of Jaguars.com and Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union provide a synopsis of Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch discussing Toby Gerhart's injury status:
Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch says RB Toby Gerhart will practice Tuesday. Sounds like he will go Thursday.— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) August 12, 2014
2. Estimated 5-6 carries is a "good number" for Gerhart on Thursday.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) August 12, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 11
John Oehser of Jaguars.com previously confirmed Toby Gerhart's status for today's practice:
Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart not practicing Monday— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) August 11, 2014
Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports when Gerhart could return to practice:
Gerhart could prax tomorrow.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) August 11, 2014
Head coach Gus Bradley spoke about Gerhart's status for Jacksonville's next preseason game (via Oehser):
“If he’s ready to go (Tuesday) and shows some good work (Tuesday), then he’ll play,” Bradley said of Gerhart early Monday afternoon after the Jaguars worked for about two hours, 15 minutes in 86-degree temperatures at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields.
After spending four years as Adrian Peterson's backup in Minnesota, Toby Gerhart is looking to make a statement as the starting running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Unfortunately for Gerhart, the start of his new journey won't come in the Jaguars' first preseason game Friday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to an injured hip flexor, according to The Associated Press' Mark Long:
Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart won't play Friday vs Bucs because of hip flexor injury— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) August 6, 2014
The good news is that the injury doesn't appear to be serious. Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said that Gerhart felt better Monday but the team was being cautious and holding him out of practice, per Mike DiRocco of ESPN.com.
"That [Gerhart not practicing] is more on our part, with his tightness of his hip flexor," Bradley said. "It’s more for us, but I know that he said he felt better today than he did the other day."
Despite his limited NFL touches, Gerhart is drawing a lot of buzz during training camp as a breakout candidate for 2014. He has had success in the past, averaging 4.7 yards per carry in 61 games with the Vikings.
Bleacher Report NFL writer Mike Freeman noted that scouts were raving about the Jaguars giving Gerhart a three-year contract this offseason:
Backing up a legend like Adrian Peterson understandably stunted his ability to produce and, as a result, limited his reputation with the average fan. That said, personnel men are in love with Gerhart.
I can't find a single scout who believes Jacksonville signing him to a three-year, $10.5 million deal was a bad move. The general feeling around football is that Gerhart will have a big year.
Taking over for Maurice Jones-Drew, who basically was Jacksonville's offense for years, Gerhart is going to be the focal point of a team that will be breaking in a rookie quarterback (Blake Bortles) behind Chad Henne and two rookie wide receivers (Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson).
Bradley comes from Seattle, which has built its foundation on a power running game and defense. Gerhart's presence is crucial for what the Jaguars want to build, so any missed time is going to be a big deal for him and the team.
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