Jags narrow role for 'offensive weapon' Robinson

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 1, 2013 at 1:42 pm •  Published: August 1, 2013

Jones led the team with 65 receptions and 761 yards in 2008, but ended up in the substance-abuse program and never played again.

Jacksonville also found little, if any, success trying to move Nebraska-Omaha quarterback Zach Miller (2009-12), Connecticut quarterback Tyler Lorenzen (2009), Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Michael Desormeaux (2009) and Furman quarterback Chris Forcier (2012).

Arguably the most successful swap has involved Liberty quarterback Mike Brown, who spent most of last season on the practice squad and is now working as the team's slot receiver.

Robinson was much more productive in college than any of those guys.

He holds the NCAA record for career rushing yards by a quarterback with 4,495 yards. He finished at Michigan with 42 rushing touchdowns, nearly two dozen 100-yard rushing games and a school-record 10,769 yards of total offense. He also had 6,250 yards passing, with 49 touchdowns and 39 interceptions.

He is the only player in NCAA history to throw for 2,500 yards and run for 1,500 more in the same season, accomplishing the feat as a sophomore in 2010.

The Jaguars believe he can be effective in the NFL, especially if they limit his touches to about 10 a game.

"However it goes, I want to be an offensive weapon," said Robinson, who was chosen to be on the cover of EA Sports' NCAA Football 14. "I want to be somebody that can get the ball and make something happen from anywhere in the backfield. I'm taking on that one. I just got to keep working and get better at everything."

At first, Robinson's ball security issues were somewhat excusable since he arrived in Jacksonville with 10 stitches in his right hand. The wannabe chef sliced it open while cutting potatoes and spent a few weeks wearing a cumbersome brace on his primary ball-carrying hand.

But once the cast was gone, the problems didn't go away.

"He's got to be able to take care of the ball," Bradley said. "If we can't have ball security and feel confident in that, then you may not see it. (He's getting) better, but not where we want it."