James Robinson getting recognition despite Jacksonville Jaguars struggles
Jacksonville Jaguars RB James Robinson is getting award nominations.
Even though the Jacksonville Jaguars weren’t very good in 2020, they had a few players that stood out week in and week out. Running back James Robinson was one of them. The undrafted free agent was one of the team’s bright spots and is currently getting consideration for different awards.
Robinson is a finalist for the Pepsi Offensive Rookie of the Year award and should be a candidate for the NFL Honors in February. Although the competition is stout and the hardware will likely end up going to Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert or Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, the fact the Illinois State standout was among the best first-year players in the NFL shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Jefferson finished the season with 88 receptions for 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns. Moreover, the broke rookie record for receiving yards former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin set in 2003 when he hauled in 101 receptions for 1,377 yards and eight touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Herbert now holds the rookie record for most touchdowns (36), and his 396 completions are the most by a first-year quarterback. As good as Robinson was in 2020, it’s likely the Chargers signal-caller or Jefferson will end up earning Offensive Rookie of the Year accolades.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a keeper in James Robinson.
It may not be much but Robinson did win one award, the SI Sports’ Fabby Award for Fantasy Rookie of the Year. Regardless of how many accolades the rookie running back gets, there’s no doubt he was the Jaguars best offensive rookie. Wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. made some noise too, as finished the season strong and showed flashes of playmaking prowess throughout the season. Nevertheless, the undrafted free agent had the most impact for this Jacksonville team in 2020.
The Jaguars’ roster will look very different in 2021, as they have plenty of draft picks and cap space to give their roster a makeover and bring in playmakers. Nevertheless, they have a building block in Robinson, who should be part of the team’s long-term plans.