Running backs may not have the impact they had in the NFL 40 years ago. However, having a good one can help a team build a dominant rushing attack. Just ask the Tennessee Titans. Do you think they would move on from Derrick Henry after racking up 896 carries for 4,626 yards and 45 trips to the end zone over the last three years? The Los Angeles Rams suffered a significant blow when they lost Cam Akers tore his ACL while training.
The sophomore running back was by no means an elite player but he was the Rams’ main rusher from last year. Los Angeles could lean on Darnell Henderson Jr. but he may not be suited for a featured role. The Rams could also turn to undrafted rookie Jake Funk or 2020 seventh-round pick Raymond Calais but neither player is an enticing option.
After trading for quarterback Matthew Stafford earlier this year, it’s clear Los Angeles see themselves as a contender, and not having a number-one running back could put a dent in their postseason hopes. Thus, trading for one might be in their best interest. Coincidentally, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a pretty good one in James Robinson, who took the league by surprise in 2020, totaling 1,414 yards from scrimmage, the most by an undrafted rookie.
Despite the fact that the Jags expect the Illinois product to have a big role in 2021, they could withstand his loss due to the presence of rookie Travis Etienne. The Clemson product isn’t a proven commodity but Jacksonville should roll with him if they could get something in return for Robinson. Since the Rams don’t have a first-round pick in the next two years and haven’t had one since 2016, they could trade a player instead of a draft selection.
Here are three Los Angeles player the Jacksonville Jaguars could get in exchange for James Robinson.