Denard Robinson: The Jacksonville Jaguars' Answer to Slash

By David Levin
May 17, 2013 12:41 pm
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Denard Robinson Did the Jacksonville Jaguars create more controversy without really trying to open a can of worms?

It is no secret there is a quarterback battle in Florida between Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne.

There is also no secret there is no clear cut favorite, but members of the media locally and nationally think it is Gabbert’s job and Henne will start the season holding the clipboard -- while a third player, possibly rookie Jordan Rodgers or Adam Scott, will walk the sidelines as well or get reps with the practice squad.

But a curious thing happened this week during OTAs that went somewhat unnoticed but drew my attention.

Denard Robinson took snaps behind center.

Not that this was an earth shattering event, but the former Michigan quarterback, who was once a Heisman Trophy candidate, was in the Jaguars' offense as a quarterback. Remember, he was drafted to be a running back and receiver and aid in special teams for the franchise.

Did Gabbert and Henne expect more competition? And if so, did they expect it from the fifth round pick in this year’s draft?

While he wearing a No. 29 jersey in practice, I would not run out and buy a Robinson jersey quite yet. That number may change.

At 5'11” and 199 pounds, is Robinson to Jacksonville what Russell Wilson is to Seattle? I don’t think the two compare, but it could be something the team thinks about this season. Welcome to the NFL, Robinson, you may just be reinventing the “Slash” role that Kordell Stewart made so popular in Pittsburgh.

Stewart was wildly popular and successful in the Steel City and Robinson has fast become a fan favorite of the crowds here in Jacksonville.

If his impact on the field is as great on the field as it could be off the field, the Jaguars might have found a player who can do it all on the ground, with his hands and with his arm.

Finally, a true weapon teams may fear once they face this franchise. What a concept.

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