Jacksonville Jaguars RB James Robinson got back on track in Week 7

Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson #30 (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson #30 (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars are getting good returns from their rookie class.

Seven weeks into the NFL season, the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ 2020 rookie class has performed well. Third-round defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton and cornerback C.J. Henderson are becoming key contributors on defense. On offense, wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. is leading the team in receptions and his 324 receiving yards are second on the team.

However, one rookie that might not have gotten much attention in the offseason but is currently raising some eyebrows is running back James Robinson. Back in Week 2, he had 16 carries for 102 yards and one touchdown. Moreover, he showed the following week he wasn’t a one-trick pony when he hauled in six receptions for 83 yards.

Robinson is becoming a key cog for the Jacksonville Jaguars in his rookie year.

Even though Robinson has had a couple of bad games this season, he ran for more than 100 yards for the second time this season against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 7 and currently ranks seventh in rushing yards in the NFL. Looking back, the team’s brass made the right decision when they decided to trade running back Leonard Fournette to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

When looking at Robinson’s performance against the ‘Bolts’ there are many encouraging things to highlight. In particular, his second-quarter performance stood out. He had a demolishing 14-yard carry in the second quarter, which he later followed with another 10-yard in the same drive. He wasn’t done though and capped the drive with a nine-yard touchdown pass.

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Robinson didn’t stop at halftime though and finished the game with 22 carries for 119 yards and one rushing touchdown. He also caught four passes for 18 yards and a touchdown. He was so dominant that Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn compared him to legendary running back Earl Campbell.  If the rookie keeps performing the way he has against the Houston Texans, the Jaguars will have a shot at winning their second game of the season.