RB Toby Gerhart - Free Agent
|6-0, 231||Born: 3-28-1987||College: Stanford||Drafted: Round 2, pick 51 (2010)|
2015 Week 6 vs HOU (9 / 26 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
With TJ Yeldon out and Denard Robinson just returning from injury, Gerhart got the start. He will/can not create anything other than what is blocked, and might get an extra yard or two from churning his legs after slamming into a pile. The Jags continue to show that they want to get their backs involved in the passing game, and Gerhart received a few dedicated targets throughout the game.
2015 Week 7 vs BUF (6 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gerhart got the short yardage work in this game. He was stuffed on four straight carries from the one-yard line and should never carry the ball in a professional football game ever again.
2014 Week 1 vs PHI (18 / 42 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
One of the biggest concerns with Toby Gerhart as a starter rather than a backup is his durability. In this game, the Jaguars were given a fright when Gerhart went off with an injury, but he did ultimately return. Gerhart ran well early in the game, showing good patience and vision with the ability to break tackles. However, the limitations of his offensive line were clear. Late in the game, Gerhart was being given more space and he showed an ability to take advantage of it with a number of impressive runs.
2014 Week 2 vs WAS (7 / 8 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Because the Jaguars fell behind so far, Gerhart only had seven carries in this game. That's not supposed to be the game-plan with Gerhart. He's a volume runner who wants to try and wear down the defense with his physicality. What Gerhart discovered is that it's going to be tough to be effective in Jacksonville when the passing game isn't effective. He wasn't given any space to work in as the defense had no reason to respect the team's receivers and could overwhelm the Jaguars offensive line with ease. It was no surprise that Gerhart had more receiving yards on two touches than he had rushing yards on eight carries.
2014 Week 3 vs IND (9 / 32 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Gerhart and Robinson were splitting snaps early on, before Gerhart dragged the offense to its first first down of the game midway through the second quarter. Gerhart did that with some strong running before catching a pass in the flat and accelerating past the first down marker. His longest run of the half came when the Jaguars were simply looking to run out the clock. Gerhart didn't find any space until late in the fourth quarter, when he caught a screen pass for a big gain. While his production can largely be blamed on his situation, Gerhart was also fortunate not to have a late fumble when the referees graciously stopped his forward momentum when it appeared that he had already lost the ball.
2014 Week 4 vs SD (10 / 32 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Gerhart didn't start the game, but he did have the first carry of any back on the field. Gerhart broke a tackle to get into the secondary and was close to a first down, but he fumbled the ball away to the Chargers. That fumble sidelined Gerhart until the second quarter, when he came in at the goalline to score the Jaguars' first touchdown. He was initially stopped short of the line, but then lined up as a fullback to reach his way over the line. That play was then reviewed and overturned, but the Jaguars went back to Gerhart again so he could finally score. Gerhart was used sparingly throughout the rest of the game, but he didn't appear to be punished further for his fumble.
2014 Week 5 vs PIT (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
It appears that the love for Toby Gerhart is dying out in Jacksonville. He was very much part of a committee approach this week and he wasn't a significant part of it either. Gerhart was conceding snaps to Jordan Todman, Denard Robinson and Storm Johnson. Johnson looked to be the best of the group as Gerhart continues to be limited behind that offensive line
2014 Week 8 vs MIA (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Gerhart returned to the active roster, but rarely saw the field. He sparingly touched the ball and wasn't impressive when he did.
2014 Week 9 vs CIN (3 / 19 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)
Toby Gerhart's touches were few and far between as he remained the second option behind Denard Robinson. However, when Gerhart did get the football he ran hard and intelligently to create some big plays both as a runner and a receiver. The added space that the offensive line was giving its running backs made a huge difference for the veteran.
2014 Week 10 vs DAL (4 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Toby Gerhart has been relegated to a short-yardage back in Jacksonville. He wasn't successful in that role in this game and he didn't get enough touches to make amends in another way.
2014 Week 12 vs IND (4 / 31 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
As is now typical, Gerhart was the backup to start this game. Robinson got all of the carries on the first two drives of the game, but Gerhart did catch a screen pass in the red zone at the end of the second drive. He failed to make any positive impression on that play though. Despite a Denard Robinson fumble in the first quarter, Gerhart didn't get his first carry until the second quarter. He was stopped at the line of scrimmage on a well-defended outside run. The Jaguars went straight back to Gerhart on the same play, but this time he was given good space to work in and turned it downfield for a big play. He had one more carry that was stopped for a short gain, but didn't see the ball again until the fourth quarter. Gerhart was checked down to while covered in the flat, but he evaded the first defender and turned a certain loss into a first down with his ability after the catch. Bortles went back to Gerhart for another productive checkdown immediately after. Gerhart's touches were coming in bunches, as he then took a handoff up the middle for an impressive first down run.
2014 Week 13 vs NYG (5 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gerhart had one carry between the tackles for four yards early on in the game before being tasked with setting up the field goal in the fourth quarter. He ran between the tackles but wasn't really looking to gain yardage, rather focused on protecting the football.
2014 Week 14 vs HOU (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Gerhart reclaimed some of the touches at running back that had seemingly been surrendered to Denard Robinson over recent weeks. The bigger back had looked sluggish too often after entering the season as a starter, but his burst and power in recent games suggests that he wasn't healthy then. Gerhart repeatedly made impressive plays in different situations when he was given the ball in this game.
2014 Week 15 vs BAL (13 / 54 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Gerhart reclaimed his starting spot for the Jaguars after Denard Robinson's injury. He began the game very well, showing off patience behind the line of scrimmage and a burst to attack space on the second level. Gerhart continued to run well throughout the four quarters of this game, but his activity dropped off in the second half when the Jaguars moved towards a more pass-oriented approach.
2014 Week 16 vs TEN (12 / 53 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Gerhart only had a couple of touches in the first quarter. His most impactful play came late in the second quarter, when he took a stretch play off right tackle before breaking two tackles to get a first down. The Jaguars were primarily relying on passing the ball through this game, but Gerhart was impressive when he touched the football. He was rewarded in the third quarter with a short touchdown run between the tackles.
2014 Week 17 vs HOU (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gerhart wasn't on the field a huge amount in the first half. A combination of splitting carries with Jordan Todman and the Jaguars not sustaining drives meant that Gerhart couldn't be fed the football regularly. When he did get back-to-back touches in the second quarter, he showed off the same aggressiveness and burst that had been evident in recent games.
2013 Week 2 vs CHI (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Getting little action (Toby Gerhart was on the field for just ten snaps or 16% of the offensive plays), the former Stanford standout was the target of a poor Christian Ponder shovel pass in the second quarter and then was absent until the third when he spelled Adrian Peterson for a few plays. On the two plays directly involving him, Gerhart barreled ahead for five yards and made a nice catch while being hit by linebacker Lance Briggs a few plays later. Overall Gerhart seems like just an OK back and isn't terribly involved as long as Peterson is healthy.
2013 Week 6 vs CAR (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Toby Gerhart was on the field for 25 snaps (40% of the offensive snaps), mostly as a blocker on passing downs. He ran the ball just once on a delayed handoff where he had a huge hole and some room after the line, but he was just too slow getting there and settled for six yards when he might have had a lot more. He also dropped a well thrown pass a little later on in the fourth.
2013 Week 7 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Used mostly as a blocker, Toby Gerhart was actually targeted three times in this game, hauling in two for positive gains when Josh Freeman needed to check the ball down. As is the case each week, his only real chance of getting on the field is when Adrian Peterson needs a breather or if Peterson was hurt. This week saw a bit of an odd gameplan, as Peterson carried the ball very few times and Gerhart's targets were his highest this year. We'll have to see if the bizarre play selection holds a second week, but even if the three targets becomes a regular thing, Gerhart just isn't much of a factor.
2013 Week 8 vs GB (1 / 13 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Adrian Peterson came out of the game late in the fourth quarter, giving Toby Gerhart some work to close out the game. Gerhart made a nice catch on a swing pass to the left for a big gain, then ran up the gut for 13 yards and a touchdown. It's hard to get too excited about Gerhart though. Aside from being behind Peterson, Gerhart saw a lot of soft coverage and prevent defense from the Packers, making it easier to find room on the few chances he got.
2013 Week 9 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
There's very little for Toby Gerhart to do with Adrian Peterson running the way he has been--and Gerhart's snap count has shrunk a little as the Vikings have put Peterson in more third down and passing situations than he has been in on in the past. Gerhart only sees the field a handful of times, some of which is also on special teams.
2013 Week 10 vs WAS (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
As has been the case all season, Gerhart was not involved much in the offensive gameplan Thursday. He is largely a blocker and a check down option for passing downs.
2013 Week 11 vs SEA (7 / 67 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Though it looks as though Toby Gerhart had a much more productive day than Adrian Peterson, he really didn't get many carries when the game was on the line, rather coming in for the last little bit of the fourth quarter when the game was already, for all intents and purposes, over. His biggest gain came with 9:31 left in the fourth quarter. On the play, the offensive line did a nice job opening a rushing lane for him. The Seahawks were a bit overaggressive and so when Gerhart popped out in the second level, he had a lot of open space to run in. Although he looked good, Seattle had its backups in, so it's not as if he was facing the same players Peterson was.
2013 Week 12 vs GB (8 / 91 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
The Vikings running backs gashed the Packers front line all day and Gerhart in particular was able to take advantage of a gassed defense when he started getting carries in the third quarter. The thought process had been that Gerhart would see more carries early since Adrian Peterson was battling a groin injury but that never really happened. Still, Gerhart did quite a bit with his few carries, averaging an impressive 11.4 yards per carry. Gerhart showed good speed and elusiveness in the open field as well as the ability to break some tackles when met at the line of scrimmage. He also showed off some nice vision, adjusting to the defenders and moving to the hole that was open, not just blindly running into holes that weren't there. One example of this was an 12-yard in overtime. On the play it looked like Gerhart was meant to follow some blockers to the right side of the line, but the lane was clogged. A lane did open up to his left, so Gerhart changed his direction and burst through the hole for a big gain. While he had a very good game, Gerhart continues to be a back-up to Adrian Peterson and no more.
2013 Week 13 vs CHI (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
As is commonplace for running back Toby Gerhart--firmly entrenched in the #2 spot behind Adrian Peterson--he saw only a teeny bit of action. His two carries were basically how the Vikings burned off the tail end of the first half and he was split out wide in the fourth quarter on a first-and-ten screen pass where he was able to gain four yards after the catch. Gerhart is a solid runner with decent hands who can fill in for Peterson when needed--he's just rarely needed.
2013 Week 14 vs BAL (15 / 89 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The day didn't get off to a good start for running back Toby Gerhart with his first run negated by a holding call followed by him losing the ball on the second. The ball looked like it may have come out after Gerhart's knee hit the ground but the ruling was confirmed by booth review. Baltimore recovered the fumble and Gerhart didn't see another snap before Adrian Peterson was injured and he took over the main amount of carries. As was the case with Peterson, the early portions of Gerhart's game was slow-going. The snow and treacherous footing made it hard for him to cut and avoid tacklers and the Ravens did a good job clogging up running lanes. After halftime, the snow let up and the field was much neater, so Gerhart had a little better luck. The offensive line did a more thorough job in run blocking as well. On his very first carry of the half, Gerhart had a solid running lane, hit the hole quickly and delivered a big hit at the end of the run, which netted a first down. Gerhart began to break some tackles as well, slipping through the grasps of defensive linemen at the line of scrimmage and getting to the second level several times. Gerhart's biggest play came late in the fourth quarter, during a deluge of points scored by both sides. Trailing the Ravens 15-12, the Vikings were driving down the field and spread out their formation with four receivers and Gerhart the only back. The pass rush came hard, but the offensive line did a tremendous job, opening a huge hole off the left guard. Gerhart flew through the hole and was in the second level before the defense could react. The first defenders to even touch him were the safeties, both of whom missed the tackle. Gerhart kept his feet and ran for the touchdown, stiff-arming another defender and dragging a fourth one for the score. Gerhart is a solid back when given the chance, but lacks the speed and playmaking ability Peterson has. He'll be a decent fill-in for Peterson but the offense will absolutely take a step back.
2012 Week 1 vs JAX (6 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
It's not that Gerhart looked bad because he didn't. He just wasn't Adrian Peterson. Until early in the game, the Vikings had said they would limit Peterson's carries but once rubber met road, that plan went out the window. Gerhart spelled Peterson when he got winded a few times, but was otherwise a non-factor.
2012 Week 2 vs IND (5 / 15 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Gerhart was once again merely a change of pace player for the Vikings and it is clear that barring another Peterson injury he will not be much of a factor this year.
2012 Week 3 vs SF (8 / 18 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Gerhart had a dismal game with 8 rushes for 18 yards, while fumbling three different times at the end of the game. The first fumble was excusable, as the referees had blown the play dead, yet allowed a group of 49ers to tear the ball out of his hand and recover. The second fumble was worse, as Gerhart had the ball away from his body and a well aimed punch was able to knock it out, forcing Gerhart to drop to the ground and recover. The third fumble was the worst, as Gerhart looked like a man without an ounce of confidence. He held the ball even looser than the previous fumble, and it was easily knocked out by a 49ers defense that desperately needed a turnover. His poor pass protection in the first half didn't help his case either, as he couldn't slow down a rushing Ahmad Brooks from flattening Ponder, though Ponder was able to get rid of the ball just in time. He did have a nice catch and run in the first half though, gaining 18 yards on a crossing route and making a good run up field. He finished with 2 catches for 20 yards total.
2012 Week 4 vs DET (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Three fumbles when it counted last week meant Gerhart saw very little work. The fumbles were uncharacteristic of the second year back, and with Peterson playing so well, he isn't going to get much work anyway.
2012 Week 6 vs WAS (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Gerhart is still firmly and well behind Adrian Peterson, but it's worth recognizing that even in the smaller amount of carries, there is a pretty sizable drop-off from Peterson to Gerhart. While Peterson will make a nice cut or make a defender miss when the backfield is flooded or a hole closed, Gerhart seems to lack that ability. His one carry was straight ahead run, yes, but while Peterson has multiple tools (speed, agility, strength) at his disposal to shed or avoid tacklers, Gerhart lacks those and settles for trying to bowl the defender over. That might be different if he were able to get more than a handful of carries--many backs need to get a rhythm--it stood in stark contrast when seeing them trade off carries. Gerhart has ability and can be a starter in this league (we caught a glimpse last year), but it was a reminder that he is no Adrian Peterson and lacks a lot of what Peterson uses to be successful. Gerhart did have a pair of very nice catches, and stepped in with a few nice blocks as well. It's hard to get Peterson off the field, but it's clear that Gerhart needs some more work to develop into a full time back. It's not coming with Peterson back to 100% though.
2012 Week 7 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Peterson playing so well and the passing game playing so poorly, Gerhart didn't get many opportunities. He did an average job in pass protection and on his one carry, he looked very slow, getting stopped on 3rd and 1.
2012 Week 8 vs TB (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Gerhart was in his traditional role as a backup running back. His playing time was very limited with Peterson healthy and Minnesota playing with a lead. After a single carry in the closing seconds of the first half, he collected two garbage-time receptions late in the fourth quarter. Gerhart remains one of the more valuable running back handcuffs in the league, but as minimal value on his own.
2012 Week 9 vs SEA (1 / 14 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Gerhart had one great run on a draw where the defense was caught off guard and Gerhart was able to run through space and finish the run strong. His contribution to the passing game was minimal.
2012 Week 10 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Gerhart didn't receive a carry all game but he did catch two passes. The first reception came on third and long when he ran a quick out from the backfield before looking to run over a defender on the sideline. His knee touched down before he could push him towards the first down marker though. Gerhart's second reception came underneath the coverage on third and goal from the 10. The Lions were set up to stop that exact play, so multiple defenders crowded around him when he caught the ball.
2012 Week 13 vs GB (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Still a very clear number two, Gerhart was not on the field much in this game--just present for 18% or ten snaps during the course of the game. He's very much a back-up and isn't used much otherwise. Gerhart had one nice catch on the second to last play of the game, a short out pass while the Packers were playing prevent. He caught the ball and ran for the first down, making a heads up play to get out of bounds and stop the clock as he did.
2012 Week 14 vs CHI (3 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Gerhart came in on a couple plays to give Adrian Peterson a rest. His first touch came near the end of the second quarter, and it was just a short check-down on 3rd and 12 where he was forced out of bounds for a one yard loss. His three carries were all straight up the gut and all managed to get at least five yards. However, Peterson was the true work-horse for the day.
2012 Week 15 vs STL (5 / -5 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Gerhart was rarely involved on offense, but did see a few targets in passing situations and some carries to spell Peterson when he was tired.
2012 Week 16 vs HOU (8 / 31 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Gerhart spelled Adrian Peterson on two second half series. He entered the game on some third down situations as well. Like Peterson, he primarily carried the ball between the tackles or on draw plays. His touchdown came on a three yard rush off guard in the fourth quarter. Gerhart continues to run with underrated speed and hits the hole quickly on interior runs. He doesn't have Peterson's shiftiness but he does a good job in pushing the pile forward on most of his runs. He also had a 5 yard reception on a quick screen pass.
2012 Week 17 vs GB (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
On second and 14, Gerhart caught a well blocked screen pass and used his blocking downfield to gain 21 yards.
2012 Week 18 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Vikings' coaching staff called a terrible game on offense and their refusal to use Toby Gerhart with Peterson was part of their downfall. Gerhart doesn't typically get many carries, but with a backup quarterback he should have seen some time at least.
2011 Week 1 vs SD (2 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gerhart had just two touches, one a 12 yard run and the other for four. But he was nowhere near a focal point of the offense, only coming in to get touches on one series to give Peterson a breather.
2011 Week 2 vs TB (2 / 36 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 42 / 0 rec)
Gerhart was extremely effective in this game, giving Peterson a rest on certain plays while contributing big yards and lining up in a 'max protect' formation with Peterson on the other side of McNabb to act as additional blockers in passing situations. Despite being involved in only three offensive plays, Gerhart made the most of his touches with big gains and solid runs. In the first quarter, he took a sweep to the outside and beat the defense to the edge, exploding downfield for a big 31 yard gain. He ran back to back off-tackle plays in the second quarter, beating the penetration and almost gaining a first down, but the second carry was called back for holding. Just before half-time, Gerhart took a screen on 3rd and 16. The play worked perfectly and Gerhart broke downfield behind some excellent blocking for a huge 41 yard gain. Ultimately he gave way to Peterson though, and it was Peterson who really did the most damage to the Tampa Defense.
2011 Week 3 vs DET (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Gerhart's role is limited to backup duty, with the occasional short yardage carry. Although, after the result of his 4th and 1 carry in the 4th quarter, the Vikings will probably opt to give the ball to their workhorse Adrian Peterson for the foreseeable future.
2011 Week 4 vs KC (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Unfortunately for Gerhart, his biggest impact was tipping an overthrown pass from McNabb into the arms of Carr. His role as running back was again limited to some third downs and occasionally spelling Peterson, but never for long. The Vikings did not attempt to involve either back in the passing game very much at all, instead opting to use Harvin in those situations.
2011 Week 5 vs ARI (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gerhart's role is actually shrinking on this team. He is the primary backup to Peterson, but he's only seeing a series or two each game. With the Vikings looking to grind the clock in the 4th quarter, Peterson was the guy that they turned to, not Gerhart. Booker is becoming their 3rd down, change of pace guy, leaving Gerhart to be just cheap insurance if Peterson goes down to injury.
2011 Week 6 vs CHI (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Gerhart continued his role as Adrian Peterson's primary backup. He caught a couple short screen/check down passes for minimal gains, and was just as ineffective at moving the ball against Chicago as Peterson was. He had one nice catch and run on the final series that was called back for a holding penalty. It would only have been an eight yard gain, but it would have been his longest play of the day.
2011 Week 7 vs GB (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gerhart didn't see much action in this game either, as Adrian Peterson took very few plays off. Gerhart opened a drive in the second quarter with one carry up the middle for four yards, but it turned out to be his only touch of the game.
2011 Week 11 vs OAK (7 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
When Peterson left the game at the end of the first quarter, Gerhart became the primary running back for the Vikings. However, Gerhart split the carries with Percy Harvin with carries out of the backfield, and was about as effective at Peterson when it came to running the ball. His longest run of the game was just an eight yard carry near the start of the third quarter. Gerhart took the snap, stutter stepped and then speared his way through the line for a solid eight yard gain. It was when he tried to get outside that the Raiders were able to string him out or run him down from behind.
2011 Week 12 vs ATL (17 / 44 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Toby Gerhart filled in admirably on Sunday vs. the Falcons but his team could do little to help him open up running lanes. Gerhart ran very tough and determined despite the fact he was routinely met with defenders at the line of scrimmage or in the backfield. Gerhart looked good when he was able to run with some momentum and pushed a lot of guys backwards when he met them in the pile. He ran into a lot of brick walls at times which prevented a big day in terms of yards. He showed some usefulness as receiver out of the backfield and two short passes into respectable gains, showing quickness to elude people that may assume he has no speed. Gerhart was able to stroll into the endzone on his TD run as his offensive line did a great job on the goal line, providing an obvious route straight ahead for the score. He earned every yard he got on Sunday and was unlucky not to score again at the end of the game. ATL brought him down 1 yard shy of the goal line on 3rd down but then penetrated into the backfield on the next play and sealed the game in ATL's favour.
2011 Week 13 vs DEN (21 / 91 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 42 / 0 rec)
Gerhart may not be as explosive as Adrian Peterson, but he is just as physical and violent with the ball in his hands, delivering punishing blows to anyone who wishes to tackle him. It was a little puzzling, though, that Gerhart wasn't more heavily relied upon to protect the rookie QB and the lead as well as to take advantage of his punishing running style and the success he had throughout the game. Gerhart had multiple runs of 5 or more yards, and most of those came in the second half as he began to wear down the Broncos defense. Gerhart also had success in the passing game, making plays as a receiver and playing a valuable role in pass protection. Ultimately, though, Minnesota would go to the air twice as often as they ran the ball and Gerhart's potential production was greatly reduced.
2011 Week 14 vs DET (19 / 90 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 19 / 1 rec)
Although Adrian Peterson missed another game for the Vikings, Toby Gerhart provide a nice spark for the Vikings, and contributed to Minnesota's 270 yard rushing on the day. While Gerhart didn't break any monster runs on the day, he did have nine carries of five or more yards, including four runs of 11 or more. He frequently ran through the arm-tackles of the defense and kept his feet moving after contact, plowing ahead for additional yards on every carry. He even added a couple check-down receptions and even had a receiving TD mid-way through the fourth quarter. On the play, Gerhart lined up in an I-formation, but broke into the flat after the snap rather than follow his block up the gut. Joe Webb pulled the ball back, and floated a nice pass to Gerhart who plowed into the end zone to bring the Vikings one step closer on their comeback quest. His final carry of the day was a critical 4th and 1 on the final drive, where he lowered his head and plowed ahead for a short two yards to keep the Vikings moving and give them a chance to win the game. When Peterson comes back next week, it's questionable where Gerhart will fall in the offensive scheme.
2011 Week 15 vs NO (2 / 12 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 46 / 2 rec)
Gerhart was used to keep Peterson fresh and to bring him back slowly from the ankle injury. Early in the game, he was able to cash in with a TD reception that was set up by a long Peterson run. The TD came on a shovel pass inside and Gerhart did the rest from 10 yards out. Gerhart did most, if not all, of his damage as a receiver out of the backfield with the running game largely abandoned midway through the 2nd quarter, adding a second receiving TD late in the 4th.
2011 Week 16 vs WAS (11 / 109 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gerhart came in for the injured Peterson and amassed his first 100 yard game as a pro. That was mainly due to a 67 yard run where Gerhart showed some decent long speed. On that run, Gerhart followed some good blocking and went untouched but fumbled the ball out of bounds when the ball was jarred out from the trailing defender. Gerhart ran with toughness for the rest of the game but still does not show much lateral agility. But this was definitely a positive game for Gerhart, and we will see him yet again next week as Peterson is lost for the season.
2011 Week 17 vs CHI (15 / 67 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Gerhart looked like a RB that can make something happen with a hole, but doesn't have the quickness or creativity to make many people miss. His first run of the day was his best, a 24 yard gallop up the middle. He did make a nice cut on the run and showed good patience waiting for the hole to develop. His next three carries totaled just three yards before another strong cut produced a ten yard gain. Gerhart's first carry of the second quarter was a 5 yard loss and it didn't get much better in the quarter for him. His lack of quickness showed on a run around the left side when Brian Urlacher closed on him like he was standing still. After a slip behind the line on his last carry of the half, he finished the with -1 yards in the second quarter. He looked strong again to start the second half with runs of 12 and 8 yards and was actually beginning to push the pile a little before Webb's interception. His third run of the half was equally as impressive, 11 yards up the middle, but he was seen writhing in pain afterwards with a knee injury and did not return.
2010 Week 2 vs MIA (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Gerhart spelled Peterson occasionally and got a little bit of red zone work. It didn't seem by design, but does show that the coaches do have a certain amount of confidence in him.
2010 Week 3 vs DET (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gerhart saw limited action, giving Adrian Peterson a chance to rest. He was targeted on a screen pass late in the 1st quarter but the play was well read by the defensive lineman and Gerhart had to run him down from behind after the ball was intercepted. He had two, sporadic carries throughout the game, one was stuffed and one was good for five yards. Late in the fourth, he had a nice run between the tackles for an eight yard gain but the defender tackled him and put his helmet right on the ball, causing a fumble. Gerhart had the ball secured, but the defender had a better play and Gerhart fumbled away the ball.
2010 Week 5 vs NYJ (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rookie was a non-factor in this game and was limited to just 2 touches to go along with an ugly drop on a wide open pass route in garbage time.
2010 Week 6 vs DAL (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gerhart came in for 1 play in the 4th quarter when Peterson twisted his ankle and had to leave the game. He had one carry off tackle for just four yards and Peterson came back in the game two plays later.
2010 Week 7 vs GB (5 / 24 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
The rookie had limited chances in this game but did chip in with 6 touches to spell the busy Peterson.
2010 Week 8 vs NE (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
Gerhart took over as the third down back and had some nice runs after catch, breaking tackles and converting a few first downs. Two of his catches came in garbage time, but expect Gerhart to continue to have at least marginal value in PPR leagues, beyond being an injury handcuff to Adrian Peterson.
2010 Week 9 vs ARI (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Toby Gerhart didn't have a big statistical day, but he could have scored a touchdown if not for the turf monster getting him. Gerhart was ready to run in for a score on a quick pass from Favre only to trip at the last minute. This was not a game where Gerhart had a lot of opportunities with the Vikings trailing for a good portion of the game, but he keeps being reliable on third down in pass protection, so his future is bright.
2010 Week 10 vs CHI (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Gerhart made a strong case for a permanant role as the #2 RB in this offense as he ran with authority and punished would be tacklers again and again. Gerhart can build great forward momentum with his large frame and easily push a pile or push back defenders. His workload was somewhat light as the Vikings were losing in this game for most of the time, but he made his carries count with punishing inside and outside runs. He also displayed reliable hands and a quickness you might not expect from a RB with his frame. Gerhart does not run the football like a rookie, and was content on a few occasions to wait for his blockers to set up the hole instead of rushing the play and mis using blockers.
2010 Week 11 vs GB (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
On the second drive, Gerhart made a big play on third down, moving the chains on an "accidental" screen (a heavy blitz, and he was wide open over the middle as Favre got smoked). Shortly after, Gerhart got a red zone carry, for a 3 yard gain. He made another catch similar to the first, and was picking up significant yardage, when a Packers defender stripped the ball. Gerhart is now a part of this offense from the get-go. Yes, he is still behind Adrian Peterson on the depth chart, but he spelled him early and often.
2010 Week 12 vs WAS (22 / 76 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Gerhart was drafted for one reason: To backup Peterson and keep the Vikings offense from imploding if Peterson got hurt. Gerhart showed the same kind of toughness that made him an early round selection by the Vikings. He definitely doesn't have the kind of speed that Peterson does, but he has plenty of toughness. Despite the Skins focusing on stopping the run, Gerhart fought very hard for every yard, and had a number of huge runs in the 4th quarter that kept the chains moving, and let the Vikings hold onto the ball. Make no mistake about it, this game proved that Gerhart is a must-have insurance policy for all Peterson's owners, because he can continue to provide the Vikings with a solid presence at RB when Peterson goes down.
2010 Week 13 vs BUF (12 / 54 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Toby Gerhart did a nice complementary job for the Vikings as Peterson did not play as many snaps as normal. Gerhart found little running room early but broke off a couple of nice runs due to his patience and footwork at the line of scrimmage. On a 13 yard run, Gerhart showed his power and pace as he broke tackles and juked a man out of his shoes.
2010 Week 14 vs NYG (3 / 11 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Gerhart came in for Adrian Peterson to give him a break. Unfortunately, Gerhart didn't fare much better against the stingy Giant defense. His best carry was just a five yard plunge up the gut.
2010 Week 15 vs CHI (16 / 77 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Adrian Peterson never looked so good. Gerhart was running right into the belly of the line most of the night. He does not find cutback lanes very well and his box score does not look too hideous but he offered no spark in this offense. Chicago is a pretty good run stopping team to begin with but Gerhart seemed to be an "A" gap only runner early on in the game. Whatever he did late has little weight because the game was well out of hand.
2010 Week 16 vs PHI (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Toby Gerhart had just one carry for six yards in Week 16. He was hardly used against the Eagles all night.
2010 Week 17 vs DET (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Toby Gerhart came in for only a couple plays to give Adrian Peterson a rest. In the second quarter, Gerhart carried the ball on three consecutive plays for a total of 12 yards. The Vikings used a play action fake to him on the next attempt, but Webb was under pressure and had to throw the ball away. His only other touch came late in the third quarter: a quick screen to him that was quickly stopped for only a six yard gain.