Should the Jacksonville Jaguars keep investing in the running back position?
Rookie James Robinson established himself as one of the best running backs in the NFL in 2020. Although the Pepsi Zero Sugar NFL Rookie of the Year award ultimately went to Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, the Illinois State standout the Illinois State product made a strong case to earn it by registering a historic season.
If the Jaguars want to avoid overworking him, they need to find a backup running back that can spell him when he needs to catch his breath and step him in his place in case he misses a few games in 2021. Aaron Jones is scheduled to hit the open market and should be the best running back available.
Originally a fifth-round pick in 2017, the Texans native has averaged 5.5 yards per carry in three of his four NFL seasons. Also, he hasn’t had more than 236 carries in a season and should have no trouble playing at a high level for a few more years. Overall, he’s racked up 651 carries for 3,364 yards and 37 touchdowns.
There hasn’t been much demand for running backs in free agency in recent years, which could put a dent on James’ salary demands. If the price is just right, the Jaguars should make a bid for his services. He may be a luxury they don’t need, but one that could turn their offense into a high-gear unit.