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Thursday, March 13, 2014
RTC: Toby Gerhart's low mileage a plus

By Michael DiRocco

Toby Gerhart was naturally excited when he got the phone call that he was drafted. He was a bit surprised, though, when it was the Minnesota Vikings and not the Houston Texans, the team his agent had assured him had the most interest.

That surprise, though, is one of the reasons he's now a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Gerhart spent the first four seasons of his career as Adrian Peterson's backup, which meant he didn't get much playing time: only 276 carries. That low mileage is one the things that made him attractive to the Jaguars as a free-agent replacement for Maurice Jones-Drew, writes the Florida Times-Union's Vito Stellino.

"I'm super excited," Gerhart said. "It's a chance to show what I can do."

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks examines why Blaine Gabbert failed in Jacksonville and whether he can resurrect his career in San Francisco.

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco gives the Jaguars' acquisition of linebacker Dekoda Watson a B-. He also puts out his latest mock draft, which has the Jaguars taking defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

The T-U's Hays Carlyon writes that newly acquired guard Zane Beadles is ready to take on a leadership role along the offensive line. Carlyon also writes that cornerback Will Blackmon is happy to return to a franchise that respects him.