Jaguars RB James Robinson could play but Carlos Hyde ready to go
The Jacksonville Jaguars are not dwelling on their 31-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8 and are getting ready to take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 9. Although the game will be at TIAA Bank Field, it has the potential to become a blowout if the Jags play the way they did last week.
For starters, the Jaguars will need to become avoiding the same mistakes they committed against the Hawks and need to cut down on penalties. Also, they need to increase their third and fourth-down efficiency. They can’t afford to fall behind so early in the game once again. Of course, it’s easier said than done, especially if running back James Robinson isn’t good to go. If the former Redbird doesn’t suit up, veteran Carlos Hyde will get the starting nod, which is highly likely as Robinson hasn’t practiced this week.
Offensive coordinator Derrell Bevell told the local media the team wants Robinson to play and they don’t close the door on him playing, as they haven’t made a decision yet.
"I don’t think it’s the final decision yet. You know, we’re still going to take it to the end of the week. But, you know, within this next man up mentality, and we’ll continue to go with those guys."
Bevell noted Hyde has been around for a long time and has performed at a high level. He feels good about having a player like him. Also, wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. could see time at running back. Against the Seahawks, he logged one carry for eight yards and could tot the rock a few times in case Robinson doesn’t play Sunday.
During the sitdown with the media, the offensive coordinator was asked if Viska could see time in the backfield. He said, “it could be”. The Jags may be better off letting Robinson rest if he’s not 100 percent and rely on a combination of Hyde and Dare Ogunbowale with some sprinkles of Shenault.