Jaguars RB James Robinson showing tremendous progress
A torn Achilles is one of the most serious injuries an NFL player can suffer. However, running back James Robinson‘s recovery from the one he sustained last year is going better than anticipated and it might be a matter of time before he returns to the Jacksonville Jaguars backfield.
Robinson tore his Achilles in Week 16 of the 2021 campaign. At the time, it looked like he was going to be out for an extended period of time and seemed like a good bet to miss a good chunk of this upcoming season. But his recovery is going well and he’s already partaking in position drills.
Here’s a video of Robinson attempting to catch the ball in route running drills, via Jamal St. Cyr of News4JAX.
As you can see, Robinson is wearing pads and while he might not be 100 percent, it doesn’t look like his foot is limiting him. Here’s another recording of the former Illinois State Redbird working with a sled. This one is from Sunday, via Mia O’Brien of 1010 XL.
Robinson still needs to test his Achilles in game-like situations but he’s come a long way since last December. He might not see any action in the preseason but there’s no reason to rush him back with fellow running back Travis Etienne in the fold. However, a potential return in Week 1 or 2 of the regular season doesn’t seem unreasonable.
The Jaguars backfield could certainly use James Robinson in 2022
The fact that the Jags opted not to place Robinson on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list was a sign he’s rehab was going well. However, it’s still impressive to make so much progress in so little time.
The Jaguars’ training staff certainly deserves credit for helping Robinson in his recovery, just like him for putting in all the necessary work to come back from such a serious injury. Again, he’s not fully healthy yet but he’s on pace to play in a meaningful NFL game sooner rather than later.
Etienne has taken center stage in Jaguars training camp but Robinson is also trending up. Fans should be thrilled about the possibility of them sharing the backfield early in the 2022 NFL season.