5 Jacksonville Jaguars whose stock is up in the preseason

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Jacksonville Jaguars player trending up No. 3 – James Robinson

The Jaguars took Travis Etienne with the 25th overall pick in this year’s draft because they think he can give their offense a boost. However, second-year running back James Robinson is still on the roster and should still have a big workload after having an outstanding rookie campaign.

Robinson finished the 2020 season with 1,414 yards from scrimmage, the most by an undrafted rookie free agent. He should be even better in Year 2. In late July, the former Redbird was asked how his body was different from last year from a condition standpoint. He said he felt a lot faster, “I’m able to move a little more, I feel like I’ve gotten stronger, I’m trying slimming down a little bit, it feels good”. Based on his performance throughout training camp and the preseason, it’s hard to disagree.

Against the Browns, Robinson racked up just three carries for 13 yards but he definitely looked faster. Keep in mind that he only played seven snaps. At this point, there’s no good reason to give the sophomore more work before the regular season begins, so he may not get many touches in the Jaguars’ next two preseason games.

The Jaguars will feed Etienne the ball often in 2021 but make no mistake, Robinson will continue to be the Jags’ lead back. Even if the Jaguars have a running back committee, the Illinois State product should have no trouble posting his second 1,000-yard season. In fact, he could have an even better campaign in spite of the rookie’s presence.