Jaguars: Urban Meyer explains puzzling decision to attempt onside kick

Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson #25. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson #25. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports) /
2 of 3
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson #25. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Jaguars are preparing for James Robinson’s potential absence.

Not only did the Jags lose to the Hawks but running back James Robinson also exited the game with an ankle injury. After the game, Urban Meyer said the former Illinois State Redbird would undergo further testing.

On Monday morning, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Robinson avoided major injury and would be day-to-day moving forward. Meyer confirmed the running back suffered a bruised heel and would be questionable for Sunday’s game versus the Buffalo Bills.

After Robinson left the matchup, Carlos Hyde stepped in his place. The veteran running back racked up nine carries for 32 yards in Week 9. He will start in case Robinson can’t go and Meyer told the media the team trusts him.

"You look at Carlos, he’s a backup running back to James but he’s got some good plays for us. He runs hard. He ran hard yesterday. A couple of those, he had plus most post-contact yardage. I personally have a lot of confidence in him because of my history with them."

As long as Robinson can’t go, Dare Ogunbowale is the Jaguars’ second running back on the depth chart behind Hyde. Also, Jacksonville brought back a familiar face. They announced Monday they claimed Devine Ozigbo off waivers after being released by the New Orleans Saints.

An undrafted free agent in 2019, Ozigbo spent the last two years in Jacksonville before being waived prior to the 2021 season. He was promptly signed by the Saints and appeared in two games for them. He was once again cut and is now back with the Jags.

Instead of dipping their toes on the free-agent pool, the team’s brass went with a devil they know rather than the one they don’t. Then again, Ozigbo may not see the field anytime soon since Robinson may not miss much time. Having said that, his addition provides depth to the Jags’ backfield.