James Robinson

New England Patriots
Running Back #30
New England Patriots
Running Back #30

James Robinson News

Competing for role behind Stevenson

Robinson, who believes he's fully past the Achilles injury that he sustained at the end of the 2021 season, is slated to have a chance to compete for the Patriots' No. 2 RB role behind starter Rhamondre Stevenson, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Robinson, who turns 25 in August, rushed for 1,070 yards in 2020 after signing with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent. However, since then Jacksonville's first-round selection of Travis Etienne in 2021, coupled with injuries Robinson has dealt with have thwarted his momentum as a pro, and now the Illinois State product is looking to reboot his career with New England (with whom he signed a two-year deal with modest guarantees in March) after seeing limited action down the stretch last season following his October trade to the Jets. With the Patriots, Robinson has a chance to help fill the void created by the offseason departure of Damien Harris, and if he's healthy enough to run with the pace he did as a rookie, the 5-9, 219-pounder's ability as a pass-catcher (he caught 49 passes in 2020) could allow Robinson carve out a key complementary role behind Stevenson in a backfield that also includes Ty Montgomery and 2022 draftees Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris.

May 11, 2023 1:51 PM EST

Non-factor after trade to NY

Robinson finished the 2022 season with 110 carries for 425 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games split between the Jaguars and Jets. He added 11 catches for 51 yards and two touchdowns on 14 targets.

Analysis: Robinson got off to a strong start in Jacksonville with four scrimmage touchdowns through three games, but he struggled the rest of the season while battling a sore knee and was consistently inactive due to coach's decisions down the stretch with the Jets. The 24-year-old running back will be a restricted free agent this offseason, but New York may not have much interest in retaining Robinson's services given his poor play after being acquired in a midseason trade. Robinson had 22 scrimmage touchdowns in his first 31 NFL games prior to the drastic downturn, so some team will likely take a chance on him in 2023, even if the Jets don't.

Jan 9, 2023 8:03 PM EST

Inactive Sunday

Robinson is inactive for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Robinson continues to be the odd man out in the Jets' backfield, with Zonovan Knight and Michael Carter on track to lead the team's rushing attack Sunday, while Ty Johnson is on hand in a reserve capacity.

Jan 1, 2023 11:51 AM EST

Inactive Thursday night

Robinson is inactive for Thursday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: Robinson continues to be the odd man out in the Jets' backfield Thursday, with Zonovan Knight and Michael Carter on track to lead the Jets' Week 16 backfield, while Ty Johnson is available in a reserve capacity.

Dec 22, 2022 4:05 PM EST

Inactive Sunday

Robinson is inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Analysis: Robinson remains the odd man out in the Jets' backfield Sunday, with Zonovan Knight and Michael Carter set to lead the Jets' Week 15 backfield, while Ty Johnson is on hand in reserve.

Dec 18, 2022 8:46 AM EST

Inactive Sunday

Robinson is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Robinson is the odd man out Sunday, with Michael Carter back in the mix after a one-game absence. Also in line to see work in the Jets' Week 14 backfield will be Zonovan Knight and Ty Johnson.

Dec 11, 2022 8:41 AM EST

Four carries in Week 13

Robinson rushed four times for 10 yards and wasn't targeted in Sunday's 27-22 loss to Minnesota.

Analysis: Michael Carter's (ankle) absence paved the way for Robinson to suit up after he was a healthy scratch for the Jets' previous game, but the former Jacksonville running back still saw minimal usage. Zonovan Knight rushed 15 times for 90 yards in the lead role, demonstrating the type of tough running the Jets have been hoping for but have yet to see out of Robinson. Even if Carter remains out in Week 14 against the Bills, Robinson's usage will likely remain minimal.

Dec 5, 2022 8:31 AM EST

Part of Week 13 committee

Jets head coach Robert Saleh said Robinson is expected to be part of a three-man backfield committee Sunday against the Vikings that also includes Zonovan Knight and Ty Johnson, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Jets made Robinson a surprise healthy inactive ahead of last week's game against the Bears, with Michael Carter, Knight and Johnson serving as the team's backfield options in the 31-10 win. Carter suffered a low-ankle sprain in the second half of that contest and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game, and with the Jets already proceeding as though Carter will be out, Robinson will re-enter the mix as at least a No. 3 option. Because Knight (17 touches for 103 yards) and Johnson (six for 78) were efficient with their opportunities last week, it's reasonable to expect both to be ahead of Robinson in the pecking order for snaps in Week 13, even though Robinson has more experience as a lead back in the NFL.

Dec 4, 2022 6:37 AM EST

Role uncertain moving forward

Coach Robert Saleh said Wednesday that "no one has seen the last of" Robinson, though Saleh wouldn't commit to Robinson playing Sunday against the Vikings after the running back was scratched in the Week 12 win over the Bears, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Undrafted rookie Zonovan Knight made his NFL debut with Robinson out of the picture last week, and Knight made the most of the opportunity with 103 scrimmage yards. The Jets may not have the option to use the same trio of Knight, Ty Johnson and Michael Carter from that 31-10 win over the Bears, as Carter's status against Minnesota is in doubt due to an ankle injury. If Carter sits out, Robinson would presumably re-enter the rotation. Robinson was surprised at the decision to scratch him, which likely resulted from his ineffectiveness since being acquired from Jacksonville via trade. As a member of the Jets, Robinson has averaged a modest 3.0 yards per carry whole catching only two passes in three games played.

Dec 1, 2022 10:58 AM EST

Healthy scratch against Bears

Robinson is listed as inactive Week 12 against the Bears.

Analysis: Robinson was brought in as a mid-season acquisition following Breece Hall's season-ending knee injury, but he has yet to make much of an impact on the Jets offense. He'll now end up a healthy scratch, with Michael Carter set to lead the backfield and Ty Johnson set to serve as the primary backup. Rookie running back Zonovan Knight is also active for the contest.

Nov 27, 2022 8:34 AM EST

Limited impact since trade to NY

Robinson rushed seven times for 10 yards and wasn't targeted in Sunday's 10-3 loss to New England.

Analysis: New York badly missed the big play ability of Breece Hall, who's out for the season due to a torn ACL. Robinson's power inside and Michael Carter's speed can trouble weaker defenses, such as the Chicago unit the Jets will face in Week 12, but Hall brought both elements prior to getting hurt. Since being brought in via trade from Jacksonville, Robinson has rushed for 75 yards on 25 attempts for the Jets, averaging exactly three yards per carry. Carter has 121 yards and a touchdown on 27 attempts (4.5 YPC) over the same span after totaling 19 yards on eight carries in this one.

Nov 20, 2022 2:25 PM EST

Scores go-ahead TD against Bills

Robinson (knee) rushed 13 times for 48 yards while catching both of his targets for five yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Bills.

Analysis: Robinson didn't find much running room in the first half, but holes started opening up after halftime. He scored on a screen pass from seven yards out to give the Jets a 17-14 lead, and Robinson ripped off consecutive runs of nine, seven and 16 yards to begin a 13-play, 86-yard drive that chewed up 6:10 of the clock and all three of Buffalo's timeouts before culminating in a go-ahead, 28-yard field goal. Michael Carter was more effective on the ground with 12 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown. Robinson's power and Carter's speed are both necessary elements in New York's run-first offense, so both running backs should remain heavily involved after the Week 10 bye.

Nov 6, 2022 5:09 PM EST

Active against Buffalo

Robinson (knee) is active Week 9 against the Bills.

Analysis: Robinson was a late addition to this week's injury report and at one point considered a true game-time call, but reports from Sunday morning indicated the team had optimism its newly-acquired running back would make it on the gameday roster. That will be confirmed with the official inactives report, which clears Robinson to contribute as much as his health will allow. He'll still be serving behind presumed starter Michael Carter, and it's also worth noting the Bills are one of the toughest defenses against opposing running backs this season. Buffalo has only allowed one touchdown to opposing backs all year and is giving up the third-fewest fantasy points per game to RBs in standard scoring formats.

Nov 6, 2022 8:30 AM EST

Likely to play Sunday

Robinson (knee) is in line to play Sunday against the Bills, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Prior to his trade from the Jaguars to the Jets on Oct. 24, Robinson was dealing with a sore knee, according to his old coach Doug Pederson. But Robinson avoided Week 8 practice reports with his new team and suited up last Sunday versus the Patriots, turning a 21 percent snap share into five carries for 17 yards. He did the same during Week 9 prep until the Jets added him to the report Saturday as questionable due to a knee injury. Assuming he's active Sunday, as expected, Robinson seems destined to play second fiddle to Michael Carter out of the backfield, with Ty Johnson also on hand for lingering RB reps.

Nov 6, 2022 8:14 AM EST

Game-time decision, team optimistic

Robinson (knee) is considered a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Bills, but the Jets are optimistic about his chances of suiting up, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Robinson is officially listed as questionable after having been added to New York's injury report late with a knee issue. After handling just five carries in his Jets debut last week, Robinson's status for Week 9 may not be disclosed until the team's injury report is released prior to Sunday's 1:00 p.m. kickoff. Ty Johnson and Zonovan Knight would stand to handle increased opportunities behind Michael Carter if Robinson isn't able to go.

Nov 6, 2022 2:18 AM EST

Added to injury report

Robinson (knee) was added to Saturday's injury report and is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Bills, Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Robinson saw just five carries in his Jets debut last week, but that could easily be contributed to a surprisingly pass-heavy game script. A combination of Ty Johnson and Zonovan Knight would likely take over the between-the-tackle carries with Michael Carter operating the larger share of the backfield committee if the former Jaguars running back were to be sidelined. Expect more information on Robinson's status ahead of Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

Nov 5, 2022 9:17 AM EST

Used sparingly in Jets debut

Robinson rushed five times for 17 yards and didn't catch his only target in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Robinson didn't make much of an impact in his first game with the Jets, as New York went to a more pass-heavy game plan after losing running back Breece Hall to a season-ending ACL tear. As Robinson familiarizes himself with the offense, the trade acquisition from Jacksonville is likely to take on a larger role with his new team, but another negative game script could lead to limited rushing attempts in Week 9 against the Bills.

Oct 30, 2022 1:33 PM EST

Ready for Jets debut

Robinson will officially make his Jets debut Week 8 against the Patriots.

Analysis: While it's unclear exactly what type of role Robinson will have in his first game since getting traded from the Jaguars, it sounds like he'll at least be involved in the offense in some capacity. Michael Carter is in line to serve as the likely top back following the season-ending knee injury to Breece Hall, but Robinson will look to cement a role behind him and potentially earn a larger one moving forward. Ty Johnson is another possible candidate to see a few more offensive snaps while Robinson gets acclimated, and the likely committee will be going against a New England run defense that ranks in the top-10 in terms of fewest fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs in both standard and PPR formats.

Oct 30, 2022 8:31 AM EST

Set to dress Week 8

Robinson will be active for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Though head coach Robert Saleh played coy when asked about Robinson's availability for Week 8 following his acquisition from the Jaguars on Monday, the running back looks like he'll have at least a small role in the Jets' game plan Sunday. Michael Carter is expected to replace the injured Breece Hall (knee) as the Jets' new lead back, but Robinson should get at least a handful of touches behind Carter and potentially push for a larger role as he becomes more acclimated to his new team. Robinson is unlikely to get enough volume Week 8 to make him a strong play in the majority of fantasy leagues.

Oct 30, 2022 4:53 AM EST

Coach noncommittal on Week 8 status

Coach Robert Saleh wouldn't commit to Robinson suiting up Sunday against the Patriots, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Robinson has practiced all week with the Jets after being acquired in a trade Monday, but it remains to be seen whether he has mastered enough of the playbook to take the field. If he plays against New England, Robinson will likely work in a rotation with Michael Carter and Ty Johnson. Once Robinson's up to speed, he's expected to settle into a platoon with Carter.

Oct 28, 2022 9:12 AM EST

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