Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Jags' plans for Shoelace
By Tom Carpenter
UPDATE: In the initial tweet from FoxSports' Alex Marvez we referenced earlier today, he said that Denard Robinson would receive "10-15 touches" per game, but Marvez tweaked that in a piece on Wednesday, writing that GM David Caldwell "said he envisions Robinson receiving '10 to 15 snaps' per game as a rusher or receiver. Robinson also is the frontrunner to return kickoffs."
Obviously, there is a big difference between 10-15 "touches" and "snaps." How big of a role Shoelace gets will depend a lot on how well he succeeds when given the chance to touch the rock.
The Jacksonville Jaguars rolled the dice on former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson in the fifth round of the 2013 draft due to his tremendous physical skills. He was announced as a running back, but exactly what role he will have likely will remain the source of much debate until we actually see how he is used come this fall. However, general manager David Caldwell gave some hints about their plans during a SiriusXM NFL interview Tuesday with FoxSports.com's Alex Mavez.
"David Caldwell praised Denard Robinson for burst at RB at rookie minicamp. Plan is Denard receiving 10-15 touches a game & returning kicks," Marvez tweeted.
"One more thing on Denard Robinson: @Jaguars GM David Caldwell said he'll be used in slot & lined up wide at WR as well as RB/KR," he added.
His incredible speed and quickness could make him a solid change-of-pace running back option behind Maurice Jones-Drew and a high-upside kick returner. If he can develop his pass-catching skills, too, he could carve out a big enough niche as a slot receiver and RB to have some fantasy value. Shoelace will be an intriguing deep-league fantasy pick if he is actually able to carve out 10-15 touches plus returns.