Jacksonville Jaguars key player No. 1 – James Robinson
The Jaguars have progressively increased running back James Robinson’s workload this season. Although he had a combined 16 carries in the first two games of the season, he’s totaled 51 in the last three weeks. The former Redbird is playing at a high level, averaging more than five yards per rush.
Heading into Week 6, Robinson leads all NFL running backs with an 88.6 Pro Football Focus overall grade. Furthermore, his 358 rushing yards are the fourth-best in the league, only behind Derrick Henry’s 640, Nick Chubb’s 523, and Ezekiel Elliot’s 452.
It looks like the coaching staff realized they weren’t using Robinson nearly enough and they deserve credit for it. Now, they need to make sure he stays on the field for key fourth-down conversions. In case you missed it, the Jaguars were one yard away from the Titans’ goal line but Robinson wasn’t in the lineup at the time and Hyde ended up getting the ball for negative yardage.
The Illinois State product might have lost yardage as well since the blocking up front was far from optimal. Nevertheless, you want your best players to be on the field for this kind of situation. Moving forward, the Jags must ensure Robinson gets the ball as often as possible without overworking him.