Jaguars struggle to find playing time for Denard Robinson

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Denard Robinson

Allen Park – Denard Robinson is one of the most dynamic offensive forces the University of Michigan has ever seen, but the former quarterback turned running back is having trouble getting on the field for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Robinson has been active every game this season, but hasn't played an offensive snap in the past seven games. He's carried the ball four times for 14 yards, but has been buried on the depth chart behind Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon.

Where Robinson has contributed is on special teams. He's played double-digit snaps with those units the past six games and has been a key cog, according to Jaguars coach Gus Bradley.

"On special teams, he's been a tremendous asset for us," Bradley said. "And just in the locker room, well, you know him, the leader he is, the spirit he brings to the team. I can talk on and on about him."

The Jaguars have invested a lot in their backfield in recent years. The team spent a second-round pick on Yeldon last year and signed Ivory to a five-year, $32 million contract this offseason. But the Jaguars have struggled to get the tandem the ball, having recorded a league-low 188 rushing attempts.

That's made it tough for Bradley to work Robinson into the offense.

"As for on the offensive side, he's does have a unique skill set," Bradley said. "He's extremely fast. He gives us a little bit of a different mojo when he goes in there, compared to a Chris Ivory or T.J. Yeldon. We just happen to have those guys playing running back for us. We keep challenging those guys to run the ball more, get those guys more opportunities, so for a third running back, it's difficult for him to get in. It's more based on situations."

Robinson, a fifth-round pick in 2013, has averaged 4.1 yards per carry during his four-year career. He's also caught 45 passes for 295 yards.