James Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars
Running Back #30
Jacksonville Jaguars
Running Back #30
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James Robinson News

Role in flux after Etienne addition

Robinson faces added competition in the Jacksonville backfield with the Jaguars' selection of Travis Etienne in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Mia O'Brien of First Coast News reports. "We want to be Top-8 in the league, and with James Robinson, Hyde and Etienne, we think we're there," said coach Urban Meyer on Thursday.

Analysis: Per O'Brien, Meyer views Robinson and Hyde as the "1-2 punch" in the Jacksonville backfield with Etienne settling in as the third-down back. Meyer's comments aside, a team that takes a running back in the first round is going to find a significant role for that player. Robinson's passing down work is already in jeopardy with Etienne in the fold, and his carries are at major risk as well. It's no secret that Robinson had a great rookie season, averaging 4.5 yards per carry in an anemic offense, but Etienne is a rare talent at the position and his draft capital dictates that he will get the chance to take over the starting role in the not-too-distant future. Even if Robinson stays atop the depth chart to open the season, there's a strong likelihood that Etienne moves from "third-down back" to the top option in the backfield before long.

Apr 29, 2021 10:11 PM EST

Remains locked in atop depth chart

General manager Trent Baalke said Tuesday that he believes Robinson (ankle) could "even take a step forward from where he was a year ago," John Reid of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: Baalke spoke of Carlos Hyde, whom the Jaguars recently signed to a two-year deal, in purely complementary terms and as someone who "can compete for roles." It's always possible that Jacksonville adds to the backfield in April's draft, but at things currently stand Robinson is still locked in as the team's featured back, while Hyde appears set for the backup gig. Hyde's presence could detract from Robinson's overall workload, but if the Jaguars' offense takes a step forward it's possible that the 22-year-old could indeed improve on his 2020 numbers. He rushed for 10,70 yards as an undrafted rookie, despite missing the last two games of the season due to an ankle issue.

Mar 26, 2021 12:20 PM EST

Ruled out for season finale

Head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that Robinson (ankle) won't be available for the Jaguars' Week 17 game against the Colts, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Though Robinson's ankle injury isn't believed to be a long-term concern, the Jaguars won't take any chances with their top running back with little at stake for the organization in the season finale. As a result, Robinson will finish the season with 1,070 rushing yards, leaving him just shy of the NFL record for an undrafted rookie established by the Colts' Dominic Rhodes in 2001 (1,104). While Robinson was sidelined in the Week 16 loss to the Bears, Dare Ogunbowale stepped in as the Jaguars' primary back, playing 71 percent of the offensive snaps and finishing with 14 carries for 71 yards and three receptions for seven yards on five targets.

Dec 30, 2020 6:16 AM EST

Will be evaluated Wednesday

Coach Doug Marrone said Robinson (ankle) will have his swelling evaluated Wednesday to determine whether he can practice this week, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Robinson hasn't practiced in any capacity since injuring his ankle Week 15, and Marrone hinted that his chances of suiting up Week 17 may be slim unless Wednesday's re-examination goes well. Dare Ogunbowale would stand to lead Jacksonville's backfield against Indianapolis on Sunday if Robinson can't go, with Devine Ozigbo operating in the No. 2 role.

Dec 28, 2020 10:42 AM EST

Officially out Sunday

Robinson (ankle) will not play Sunday against the Bears.

Analysis: This was reported earlier by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, but it's now been officially confirmed by the team. Devine Ozigbo and Dare Ogunbowale are now set to take on the difficult task of replacing Robinson's production in the starting lineup.

Dec 26, 2020 2:09 PM EST

Not expected to play

Robinson (ankle) is not expected to play Sunday against the Bears, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Robinson didn't practice all week so it wouldn't exactly be a surprise if the rookie running back is actually ruled out as Rapoport reports, but the team has not officially made the designation. If Robinson is ultimately ruled out, expect Devine Ozigbo and Dare Ogunbowale to split the majority of the workload against a tough Bears defense.

Dec 26, 2020 12:42 PM EST

Questionable after another DNP

Robinson, who was listed as missing practice again Friday, is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Despite the running back's lack of practice reps this week as the team took a cautious approach, John Shipley of SI.com relays that Robinson has indicated that he wants to and expects to play this weekend. If, however, he ends up out or limited versus Chicago, Dare Ogunbowale would be next up for his team's Week 16 carries, with Devine Ozigbo also in the mix.

Dec 25, 2020 9:52 AM EST

Idle for practice again

Robinson (ankle) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: Though he was rested at practice for the second day in a row, Robinson said Wednesday that he wants to and expects to play Sunday against the Bears, according to John Shipley of SI.com. Whether that comes to pass will likely hinge on what Robinson is able to do at the Jaguars' final practice session of Week 16 on Friday. If Robinson is withheld from practice or is limited, he'll likely be listed as questionable -- at best -- for Sunday's contest.

Dec 24, 2020 2:31 PM EST

Expecting to play Week 16

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said he plans to rest Robinson (ankle) during practice Wednesday, but the running back still expects to suit up Sunday against the Bears, John Shipley of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Robinson had a tough time finding open running room in last week's loss to the Ravens, accruing 53 yards and a touchdown on 19 touches before departing with the ankle injury. While the issue doesn't appear to be significant, the Jaguars appear set to hold him out of practice Wednesday, and perhaps Thursday's and Friday's sessions as well. If that ends up being the case, the Jaguars may take the decision on whether Robinson plays out of his hands, but for now, the undrafted rookie is optimistic that he'll be ready to go by the time Sunday's game arrives.

Dec 23, 2020 6:18 AM EST

Exits Sunday's game

Robinson was forced out of Sunday's game against the Ravens with an ankle injury.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Robinson logged 16 carries for 35 yards and three catches for 18 yards and a TD. Next up for Jacksonville's carries in his absence is Dare Ogunbowale.

Dec 20, 2020 12:39 PM EST

Ready for Week 15

Robinson (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Analysis: The rookie UDFA practiced with no limitations Friday and is good to go for Sunday's contest. Robinson has routinely been the lone running back to carry the ball for Jacksonville this season, and there's no reason to expect that to change over the final three games of the season.

Dec 18, 2020 12:49 PM EST

Another limited session

Robinson (knee) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Though Robinson was limited at practice last week, he approached Week 14 action minus an injury designation. Such a pattern could well be repeated this time around, a notion that will be confirmed either way upon the release of Friday's final injury report in advance of Sunday's game against the Ravens. Last weekend, Robinson ended up being the only Jacksonville back with a carry in the team's 31-10 loss to the Titans.

Dec 17, 2020 2:35 PM EST

Limited Wednesday

Robinson (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Robinson also had a cap on his practice reps due to a knee issue last week, but he managed to shed his injury designation in time to suit up versus the Titans. The rookie did see his lowest amount of carries (12) since Week 6, but that can likely be explained by the fact that Jacksonville fell into an early deficit and never quite got back into the game. Robinson could face another unfavorable gamescript in Baltimore on Sunday.

Dec 16, 2020 3:02 PM EST

Limited by game script

Robinson carried the ball 12 times for 67 yards in Week 14 against the Titans. He added four receptions for 16 yards.

Analysis: Robinson commanded his lowest carry total since Week 6, as the Jaguars fell behind 24-3 by early in the third quarter. He was largely held under wraps even when given a chance and accounted for 47 of his rushing yards with one carry late in the fourth quarter. Even with the limited workload, Robinson was the only Jaguars' running back to earn a carry. While volume should return, Robinson will face stiff run defenses to close the season, drawing the Ravens, Bears and Colts.

Dec 13, 2020 2:03 PM EST

Clear of injury designation

Robinson (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: The 22-year-old was a limited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday due to the knee issue, but it won't impact his availability for Sunday's divisional matchup. Robinson had 16 carries for 102 yards and one touchdown while catching three passes for 18 yards during the loss to Tennessee in Week 2, and his role in the offense has continued to grow since that early-season contest.

Dec 11, 2020 10:55 AM EST

Logs another limited practice

Robinson (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: Despite back-to-back limited sessions, Robinson's Week 14 status doesn't appear to be in any danger, with John Reid of The Florida Times-Union relaying Wednesday that coach Doug Marrone indicated the running back would be a full go by the time Sunday's game against the Titans occurs. Friday's injury report will reveal whether Robinson approaches the contest listed as questionable, or minus an injury designation.

Dec 10, 2020 12:14 PM EST

Knee injury limits him Wednesday

Robinson (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Terry McCormick of TItanInsider.com reports.

Analysis: Robinson's limited participation was expected based on an earlier statement from coach Doug Marrone, though the team's injury report has clarified the reason for his limitations to be a knee injury. Marrone also said that Robinson would be "full go" for Sunday's game against Tennessee, suggesting Wednesday's limited session was just precautionary for Jacksonville's workhorse rookie running back.

Dec 9, 2020 1:48 PM EST

Limited to begin week

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said Robinson would be a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, but the running back is expected to be a "full go" ahead of Sunday's game against the Titans, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: Marrone didn't cite a specific injury as a reason for Robinson's limitations, but more information on that front should become available when the Jaguars release their first Week 14 practice report later Wednesday. Given that Robinson surpassed the 20-touch mark for the fifth time in six games in last weekend's overtime loss to the Vikings, Marrone may just be looking to give Jacksonville's lead back some extra maintenance.

Dec 9, 2020 7:29 AM EST

Tops 100 scrimmage yards with TD

Robinson rushed 18 times for 78 yards and a touchdown while catching all six of his targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Robinson continued his stellar rookie campaign, exceeding 90 scrimmage yards for the 10th time in 12 games. He scored his sixth rushing touchdown of the season from one yard out with 1:08 remaining, and the ensuing two-point conversion tied the score to send it to overtime. Robinson should remain the focal point of Jacksonville's offense in Week 14 against the Titans, whom he carved up for 102 yards and a touchdown on the ground back in Week 2.

Dec 6, 2020 3:01 PM EST

Posts 159 scrimmage yards

Robinson had 22 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown while catching five of six targets for 31 yards during Sunday's 27-25 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: The rookie UDFA scored on a four-yard run in the final minutes to give the Jaguars a chance to tie the game 27-27, but the two-point conversion failed. Robinson continues to dominate the backfield work for Jacksonville, as Laviska Shenault's one carry for six yards was the only rush attempt from someone besides Robinson or quarterback Mike Glennon. The 22-year-old is up to 1,170 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns through 11 games, and he should continue to see heavy volume down the stretch, regardless of the matchup.

Nov 29, 2020 1:33 PM EST

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