Running back James Robinson was a bright spot (one of the few) for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020. However, injuries have robbed him of the explosiveness that made him a legitimate candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. This has made it difficult for him to find a home over the last two years. Just recently, Robinson was waived by the New York Giants but the news broke he's looking for another chance.
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported that Robinson worked out for the Indianapolis Colts ahead of the season opener. This makes sense when you take into account that Indy is down to third-string running back Deon Jackson.
Jonathan Taylor was placed on short Injured Reserve while backup Zack Moss is expected to sit out two or three games after undergoing wrist surgery. Given the precarious state of their running back room, the Colts are kicking the tires on Robinson.
As of this writing, the former Illinois State Redbird hasn't signed with the Colts. While there's no guarantee he'll join Indianapolis, let alone play in the opener, they are short on options, so it wouldn't be shocking if both parties agree to a deal.
Robinson, an undrafted free agent in 2020, earned the starting job as a rookie and made Leonard Fournette expendable. He went on to repay the Jaguars' trust by totaling 1,414 yards from scrimmage, the most by an undrafted free agent in NFL history.
The following season, Robinson was expected to pick up where he left off in 2020. However, he was benched in favor of veteran Carlos Hyde by the order of Urban Meyer. Not long after he was reinstated in the starting lineup, Robinson suffered an Achilles tear.
The Illinois native spent the 2022 offseason rehabbing but he was ready for the opener. He got off to a strong start, toting the rock 11 times for 66 yards and a touchdown against the Washington Commanders. Two weeks later, Robinson racked up 100 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries against the Los Angeles Chargers.
However, Robinson was phased out in favor of Travis Etienne and shipped to the New York Jets not long after. Throughout most of his stint in the Big Apple, he was a healthy scratch and to nobody's surprise, he was given the boot earlier this year. He quickly joined the New England Patriots but his stint in Foxborough only lasted a few months.
Robinson signed with the New York Giants during the preseason but was waived during roster cutdown day despite the fact that he had a strong outing in the finale.
Injuries derailed former Jaguars RB James Robinson's promising career
James Robinson showed in his rookie campaign that he could carry the team on his shoulders. Despite the fact that the Jaguars went 1-15 that year, the stud running back showed up every Sunday. Similarly, he worked hard during his recovery to ensure he was going to be ready for the opener.
Unfortunately, the Achilles tear might have derailed what was a promising career. Maybe if the Jags hadn't had Etienne in the fold, they wouldn't have moved on from Robinson. But they knew he wasn't the same running back after he got hurt, which is why they felt comfortable moving on from him.
The Patriots were aware there was a possibility Robinson's explosiveness was gone, so they didn't add many guarantees to the two-year deal he signed in free agency.
The good news is that Robinson hasn't throw in the towel and he's looking for a chance to prove he's still got a little gas left in the tank. Based on Fowler's report, maybe the Colts will grant him that opportunity.