Jacksonville's inability to open any holes for Gerhart in 2014 effectively ended his career. He went from a 7.9 yards per carry average with Minnesota in 2013 to 3.2 with Jax in '14. One bad season was all it took for the team, league, media and DWFs to write him off. This is his second season out of the league, he won't be back.
Gerhart was replaced to great applause by T. J. Yeldon, who not surprisingly has been a big disappointment, averaging 3.9 ypc in two seasons and also having injury problems. Gerhart ended his career with a 4.2 ypc average but only totaled 1,675 yards over six seasons. Now Leonard Fournette is Jacksonville's latest great black hope at running back, we'll see if he pans out or not.
And yes, great post by GWTJ from nearly 8 years ago, right on the money. He's also right how predictable the trajectory of White players is in the NFL, the few that are even allowed to get that far that is.
Fournette is one of the few black players I have watched highlights on with some consistency. I don't care how good Jacksonville's offensive line is. I think he will be mediocre at best. He has very good speed for someone his size but dare I stereotype and say this speed is " straight-line " only. He can cut and run with power but this guy is going to get banged up. The hits are going to pile up and I would not be surprised if he misses considerable time in his first 3 or so years. He runs to upright and truthfully I hate to stereotype here but he is tight in the hips. He runs like a white guy. Joke. He is a little stiff and I just don't think he is going to be that thousand yard guy the Jaguars want as he is just not elusive enough to keep the big hits from piling up on him. Time will tell. Now of course white rb , Rob Konrad ,who dominated at Syracuse had the same size/speed ratio yet arguably was much more elusive than Fournette got to play fullback for many years. Same type of player and skill set yet is white so racially slotted to his caste position.