On Monday, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said he's got a fever. And the only prescription is more bell cow.
OK, he didn't say that, but he did express a wish that you hear out of many head coaches at this time of year, that their lead running back can truly be a lead running back. When Bradley was asked by NFL.com's Marc Sessler if he believes Toby Gerhart would be his bell-cow running back, Bradley responded, "That's what we hope to see. ... We like what we saw on tape."
This follows what Bradley said a couple of weeks ago about Gerhart, that he could take on 15-20 touches per week. This shouldn't come as a surprise. The Jags gave Gerhart a $10.5 million contract with $4.5 guaranteed. They want to get as much as they can out of that investment. I believe it to be an unwise investment since Gerhart isn't a player who projects to be overly successful with a heavy workload. He can do a number of things well, but his lack of speed and agility makes suits him more for a backup role.
But hey, it's not my team. And in fantasy, workload is a major component of a running back's value. If the Jags give Toby 15 carries per game, he may not turn those into a ton of yards, but he could be a high source of touchdowns. He's a low-end RB2.