No. 4 best Jaguars player under 25 in 2022 – James Robinson, RB
Running back James Robinson’s stock has taken a hit over the past few months, and most of it it’s due to external factors. Also, the fact that he plays in the same division as Derrick Henry and Johnatan Taylor doesn’t help his case. After totaling 1,414 yards from scrimmage in 2020, the most in league history by an undrafted rookie, the former Illinois State Redbird was supposed to carry the Jaguars on his shoulders in 2021. However, Urban Meyer decided that the team was better off limiting his workload, and he didn’t top 18 carries until Week 4.
Once Lawrence and the coaching staff made Meyer come to his sense, Robinson got a bigger workload but not by much. He never toted the rock more than 18 times in the season and got 10 carries or fewer five times. Simply, that’s not the kind of production you want from a dynamic running back. However, Robinson’s woes wouldn’t end even when Meyer was shown the door, as he tore his Achilles near the end of the year.
Robinson is currently recovering and should be back at some point of the 2022 season. He’s already running and doing some light work during mandatory minicamp. Even though he still has a long way to go, he will give the Jaguars’ running game a boost. He will share the backfield with Travis Etienne, which might hurt his individual stats but could in turn increase his productivity and keep his legs fresh.