NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah tweeted Wednesday that many around the entire league are looking forward to seeing the former Vikings backup as a full-time starter.
"Here's a name that keeps coming up in my talks with personnel guys around the league: Toby Gerhart. High expectations for 2014," Jeremiah wrote.
The Stanford product signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract in March to be the Jaguars' lead running back.
Gerhart is getting a lot of hype this offseason and we'll probably see more of it during training camp. As far as the Jaguars are concerned, there is nothing to talk about when it comes to their running game; Gerhart is their man and that's final. They are going to give him as much work as he can handle. Gerhart's ready for it, too.
Gerhart is currently behind drafted as a low-end RB2 or a high-end flex. But as the summer draws on, his ADP should rise because of one simple fact: There are not many true workhorse backs in the NFL these days, guys who can take on 300+ touches and keep going. We honestly don't know if Gerhart can do it because he's never been asked to do it before. But the Jaguars are going to give him every opportunity to prove it in their run-first offense. Such a large workload gives Gerhart significant fantasy value, and he won't hurt you in PPR leagues either. I don't think his yards-per-carry average will be pretty, but he deserves to be drafted as a solid RB2.