No. 2 Jaguars player who may get a contract extension: James Robinson, RB
There might not have been a more underappreciated player on the Jaguars’ roster over the last two years than James Robinson. The former Illinois State Redbird was one of the few bright spots on Jacksonville’s offense in 2020, totaling 1,414 yards from scrimmage, the most by an undrafted rookie in league history. But in spite of his accomplishments during his rookie season, the team’s brass went on to take Travis Etienne with the 25th overall pick in last year’s draft.
Unfortunately, Etienne suffered a Lisfranc injury that forced him to sit out his whole rookie campaign. But even without Etienne out of the picture, Robinson didn’t get many carries early in the 2021 season and never got more than 18 despite the fact that he was highly productive with the ball on his hands. To make matters worse, he tore his Achilles in Week 16 and is still recovering from the injury, which puts his return for training camp in question.
On the bright side, Robinson hasn’t had any setbacks and is already doing some light work. The Jaguars will most likely err on the side of caution and won’t force his return. Nevertheless, he should be back at some point of the 2022 regular season and once he’s back in the fold, he will pick up where he left off.
Robinson is slated to make $895,000 yards in 2022 and is due for a hefty raise. If he plays the way he was these past two years, the Jags might be better off agreeing to a contract extension, so they don’t have to worry about one of their top players potentially leaving.