The Facts: While WR Cecil Shorts says it's "weird" no longer having former all-pro Maurice Jones-Drew around as the face of the franchise, he can see from Gerhart's "smooth, powerful running" why Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell and HC Gus Bradley gave Adrian Peterson's former backup with the Minnesota Vikings a three-year, $10.5 million deal in March. "Gus comes from the Seattle Seahawks' model of playing good defense, relying on the run game where Marshawn Lynch was their 'Beast Mode' out there. Hopefully, I'll be the 'Beast Mode' down here for the Jaguars," Gerhart said. "I want to be a guy who helps turn this program around with a physical, punishing offense.
Diehards Line: Caldwell scouted Gerhart when he worked for the Atlanta Falcons and while Gerhart was the bell cow back for then-Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. Using 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, Gerhart finished second on the Cardinal's all-time career rushing list with 3,522 yard and first with 44 rushing touchdowns. Caldwell likes Gerhart's size (6-0, 231 pounds), "excellent hands" and other virtues in the passing game. "Knowing he was going to have to pass protect, catch the ball out of the backfield and get tough yardage, he was a really good fit for us," added Caldwell. "He'll get the bulk of the carries and he'll be a great asset. ..." Fantasy football owners shouldn't overlook Gerhart.