Jacksonville Jaguars will sit Toby Gerhart for pre-season opener

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We know you’re just as excited as we are about the Jacksonville Jaguars playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Fridayday night. Even if it’s just a pre-season game, it’s thrilling to see your favorite players take the field after so many months of being starved for football.

The only problem is that your favorite players will only play a handful of snaps in the pre-season, if at all.

One guy who we won’t see in action on Friday is running back Toby Gerhart, who has been sitting out of training camp the last several days with a hip flexor issue. Head coach Gus Bradley told Marc Sessler that as the season approaches Gerhart will get more work: “He’ll get more carries as we go,” but for now the Jags are taking a cautious approach.

Since being drafted in 2010 Gerhart has served as Adrian Peterson’s backup in Minnesota. During that time he totaled eight touchdowns. Last season was his most efficient. Even though he was used sparingly Gerhart averaged 7.9 yards per carry.

The Jaguars plan to lean heavily on Gerhart as their workhorse back after the departure of Maurice Jones-Drew.

 

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